By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger does not expect Stoke City to suffer any ill-effects from their European exploits when they visit Emirates Stadium.

Tony Pulis' side faced Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Europa League on Thursday night, giving them 24 hours fewer than Arsenal to recover before Sunday's Premier League clash.

Stoke have lost to Swansea City and Sunderland immediately after their previous games in the competition but Wenger is certainly not counting on a repeat.

"It's hard [to play in the Premier League after European games] but let's hope they suffer a little bit!" he told Arsenal Player.

"It's very important for us to play to our strengths and not hope that Stoke are weaker because they have played in Europe. We are expecting a good opponent and for us to continue to focus.

"I feel the team has a good basis because the players are intelligent, they have a desire to do well and you can see the unity in the group is there. We have good ingredients but let's continue to be humble and have the desire to grow as a team."

Stoke have caused plenty of problems for Wenger's side at the Britannia Stadium in recent years but have not won at Arsenal for 30 years. The Frenchman is not reading anything into that particular stat.

"Are they a different side away? It depends - the seasons before maybe, this season I don't know.

"It doesn't matter for us, what is important is to win our game. A 1-0 victory against Stoke would be great so let's just focus, use the confidence lift from Marseille and go into the Stoke game to keep our run going."

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21 Oct 2011