London - Stoke City midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri will be happy
if his struggling team can eke out a draw when they take on sixth placed
Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.
Stoke have managed just two points from their first four
league games and are currently languishing third from bottom in the league.
The Potters have never earned a point at the Emirates
None of this, however, has dampened the optimism of Shaqiri,
who featured in Switzerland's 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying loss to England on
Also read: Stoke sign Shaqiri for record fee
"It will be a difficult game for us at Arsenal on
Saturday, but it is one that we are looking forward to and one we are positive
about," the 23-year-old told the club website (www.stokecityfc.com).
"It has been nice to link back up with my international
teammates -- it came at a good time as I was able to see my friends and family
back in Switzerland.
"I am ready to get back to action with Stoke City now
though and hopefully pick up a positive result on Saturday. We want to get at
least a point from the game," he added.
Stoke broke their club record to sign Shaqiri from Inter
Milan last month and team mate Charlie Adams backed the former Bayern Munich
player to prove his worth.
"He has shown in the first couple of games that he has
got great quality and can add something different to the team once he gets up
to speed," Adams told the British media.
"It's not really until December that the Premier League
kicks in and really gets going.
"The games between now and then, hopefully he can get
his fitness up and get some goals and show why the club paid 12 million pounds
($18.43 million) for him," the former Liverpool midfielder added.For
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