By Chris Harris

Per Mertesacker says Arsenal will be prepared for Stoke City on Sunday.

The Germany international is set for his first appearance at the Britannia Stadium and he is bracing himself for a physical test against the tallest striker in the league, Peter Crouch.

"I didn't go to Stoke last year because of my injury so this is a completely new experience for me as well," Mertesacker told Arsenal Player. "I hope to adapt quickly to Stoke and the situation and the way they play.

"We have to switch on quickly and do the right thing. We have done a lot of things [in training] concerning set pieces, throw-ins and crosses.

"We have to cover each other even more than the other games because they are very dangerous players, especially up front, and very tall players. Maybe we have to behave differently but we always want to show our own qualities.

"I played against him [Crouch] at Wembley so it is not a new situation," added Mertesacker. "When you look at Sunderland and Sessegnon and then one week later you play against Peter Crouch, it's weird but you have to deal with this."

Watch the full interview with Per on Arsenal Player.

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24 Aug 2012