Erik Pieters insists the international break will aid Stoke's season

The Dutch defender thinks Stoke's core of internationals is vital to their success as a club.

For most Premier League managers with players away on international duty, the best case scenario is usually just to receive their stars back in the condition in which they were sent. However, for Stoke's Erik Pieters - who is currently away with the Netherlands - he believes the break will benefit his side in a number of ways once the campaign resumes.

Speaking to BBC Radio Stoke, the defender was clear in his opinion that the international break will only enhance his team's performance once they regroup in Staffordshire later this week.

Pieters will be just one of 10 returning players to Stoke's cause ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Arsenal, along with fellow internationals Jack Butland (England), Ibrahim Afellay (Netherlands), Shay Given, Jonathan Walters, Glenn Whelan, Marc Wilson (Ireland), Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland), Geoff Cameron (USA), Marko Arnautovic and Daniel Bachmann (Austria).

For Mark Hughes, he will no doubt he hoping that Pieters' declarations ring true when they travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on the Gunners this weekend, as the Potters have struggled to find any form of an early season rhythm.

Having picked up just two points from a possible 12, they currently reside in the relegation zone and will have to take something back from North London if they plan to climb out of it on Saturday.

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