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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes hoping to continue recent good form against Arsenal

Stoke City manager, Mark Hughes, says his side will be hoping to keep up their recent good form against Arsenal when they host the Gunners this weekend.

Stoke have lost just once in eight games against Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium.

Hughes says the fans are a big part of the side's performances and is calling on them to make life difficult for the visitors.


FT: QPR 2 - 2 Stoke City

Stoke City twice lost a one-goal lead at Queens Park Rangers, to come away from Loftus Road with a 2-2 draw.

Mame Biram Diouf's header put the visitors ahead in the 11th minute, before Steven Caulker equalised on the stroke of half time from very close range.

It didn't take Stoke long to bounce back after the break - Peter Crouch's left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner putting them into a 2-1 lead.

But Niko Kranjcar denied the visitors the win, scoring from a free kick to level the score in the 88th minute.

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Stoke deny Ryan Shawcross transfer rumours

Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross playing against Newcastle United in April Credit: PA

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes says there has been no contact between the Potters and other clubs regarding skipper Ryan Shawcross - and that the Staffordshire outfit do not need to sell their best players.

Speaking to the Stoke Sentinel, he said:

It comes as no surprise to me what I have read about Ryan. I don't know if there is any truth in it, but certainly we have had no contact.

Players like him and Begovic, just to name a couple, will attract attention. That's part and parcel of being a successful football team.

That's the way it's always going to be. It's one of the prices of doing well, but it doesn't mean you necessarily have to do business with them.

We've been going through our situation for next year, our budgets, what is available in terms of buying players and players' wages and we are not in a position where we need to sell.


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