Ex-Stoke captain: Arsenal don't have enough character to win title

Danny Higginbotham has stated that the Gunners won’t lift the Premier League trophy and that Aaron Ramsey’s broken leg should be forgotten.

Arsenal travel to the Britannia Stadium today in a fixture that has been very eventful over recent seasons.

The Gunners have found the going tough against the Potters away from home, while Aaron Ramsey suffered a serious leg injury against Stoke in February 2010.

Ahead of the fixture, former Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham has been vocal in his criticism of the North London club.

The 34-year-old, who play for Stoke over two periods, stated that Arsenal would not win the league and that Ramsey’s leg break was now a thing of the past and should be forgotten.

"The first thing to say is I don't think they will win the Premier League because they haven't got the strength of character to see the job through,” Higginbotham told Stoke Sentinel.

"The second is to criticise those people who keep banging on about Ryan Shawcross and the challenge on Aaron Ramsey.

"That broken leg of his was an horrendous injury, but it was not an horrendous challenge and it was four years ago for goodness sake.

"But every time Stoke v Arsenal is mentioned, people want to throw mud at the club in general and Ryan in particular.

"I did my cruciate ligament against Chelsea a few years back, but no-one banged on about that every time we played Chelsea.

"Remember when Rory Delap had his leg broken in two places on his Stoke debut against Sunderland?

"That was every bit as bad as Ramsey's injury – the bone was nearly sticking out of his leg – but was that incident brought up every time we played Sunderland after that?

"Of course not, and nor should it have been. That challenge on Rory was accidental, just like Ryan's was.

"I know Ryan Shawcross and he wouldn't do anything to hurt anybody."

Arsenal are in real need of three points at the Britannia, with the London outfit having a point to prove against a side that has caused them discomfort in recent years.

Arsene Wenger’s men would be unlikely to accept Higginbotham’s comments, which add fuel to the fire in an already tense fixture.

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