By Rob Kelly

Thomas Vermaelen says Arsenal are ready for a battle at Stoke - but insists they must first concentrate on playing to their own strengths.

The Gunners have only won once in the Premier League at the Britannia Stadium, but need a victory on Saturday to maintain their grip on third place.

The Belgian international admits Tony Pulis's side will provide a stern test, but is confident of claiming the three points.

"It is always a hard game when we go there, you know it is going to be a battle," Vermaelen told Arsenal Player.

"If there is a battle, sometimes you have to fight back. But the main thing is to play our own game, with quick passing. That is the way to score.

"Of course we must fight for every ball but the main thing is to keep to our own game and score a lot of goals."

Vermaelen believes that Arsenal will travel to Stoke better equipped to deal with the challenge that Pulis's men offer than in the past.

"We always want to defend well as a team, we have to do that on Saturday," he said. "It won't be easy, and we have to be focused on set pieces."

Watch the full interview with Thomas on Arsenal Player.

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27 Apr 2012