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Arsene Wenger on the Stoke game, says Arsenal are not "Sanchez dependent"


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his players should expect a tough game when they play Stoke City on Saturday.

The Potters only lost one of their last eight home games against the Gunners in all competitions and captain Ryan Shawcross was quoted as saying that Stoke fans dislike Arsenal ahead of the game.

"It's always a tough and committed place to go but we dictate the way we want to play at that level of commitment," Wenger said.

"Stoke don't lose many games at home and have good records against many good teams."

Chile's Alexis Sanchez is in the squad to face Stoke City as Wenger says the Gunners are not "Sanchez dependent".

"Let's say it does not reflect the truth," Wenger said.

"On the goalscoring record, you can say [Alexis] is dominant, but in the game of course not. But in goalscoring, he is the dominant figure.

"I can't remember such a quick settlement. He has a huge desire, no complex, and has a fighting attitude that means even when he misses something it doesn't affect him. He's very mobile, very determined and he has the sense to be in the right place in the box.

"He is in the red zone, you can see that when he plays, but he can dig deep.

"I think he played his 27th game on Wednesday since the start of the season, if you consider the international games and the travelling on top of that.

"Unfortunately you never know how far you can push [a player]. We are not scientific enough to predict that completely, but he has a great recovery potential. He recovers very quickly, is always sharp and wants to play."

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