Much like with Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Xherdan Shaqiri's move to Stoke City makes much more sense in reverse. Picture this if you will, a young prodigious talent at Stoke, moves to Inter Milan, realises his dream by playing at Bayern Munich, wins a Champions League title, and retires at his home club in Basel. The internet has been collectively stunned by the move, there is far more to the transfer than meets the eye. While many associate Stoke City with just a trying away fixture on a cold tuesday night, there are many reasons as to why this transfer makes much sense.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes his side must recover from their recent struggles as they take on Arsenal tonight. Mark Hughes insists Stoke have the ability to cause an upset as they seek to make it four wins from Arsenal’s seven Premier League visits. “We know if we do the right things and are competitive, we can cause Arsenal problems,” Hughes said. “We want to be positive, get at their back four and not let them get into any rhythm. Every club I have been at, the key is to break up that rhythmic passing they’ve got to effect what they want to do and then obviously you get a benefit from that.” “Over the years we have made it really difficult for Arsenal to play their game. Historically, we’ve always caused them problems with the backing of our crowd and with the way we have been playing.I think we are a different team now from the early seasons […]