Stoke City: In focus... the highs and lows of City versus Arsenal over the years
YOU want drama? Come back to March 1971 and one of the reasons why Stoke fans shiver at the very mention of the Gunners.
Even Gordon Banks was showing nerves when the two clubs met in an FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough – but City went 2-0 up thanks to Denis Smith and John Ritchie.
John Mahoney and Jimmy Greenhoff spurned one-on-ones either side of a Peter Storey thunderbolt, so it headed into injury-time with Stoke 2-1 up and nerves jangling.
And Arsenal were awarded a last-gasp penalty when Mahoney made a goal-line clearance with his fist.
Commentator Brian Moore reported: "Storey is the man with the terrible responsibility ... he now faces Gordon Banks, the number one goalkeeper in the world. There are Arsenal players who dare not watch."
But Storey scored with what proved almost the last kick and it was a heavy sucker punch. Stoke lost the replay 2-0 four days later.
IF Stoke are going to win at Arsenal it's easier with a helping hand like Brian Kidd offered in August 1975.
Greenhoff pounced on his dreadful back pass and Alan Hudson swept in the only goal of the game.
BUT you have no chance unless you have a solid defence ... and the Stoke back line of 1984/85 was anything but.
Relive Paul Mariner, Kenny Sansom and Tony Woodcock (2) running riot in a 4-0 Arsenal win ... if you dare.
STOKE fans are like elephants. They never forget.
There is no footage we can find of ice cream sellers at Goodison Park, but some Potters still have to wash their mouths out when they remember the FA Cup semi clashes of 1972.
THE rivalry was re-born in 2008 when Tony Pulis found a nemesis in Arsene Wenger, but the enmity has not been without its laughs.
The Arsenal boss was not chuckling when 25,000 Stokies started flapping their arms "doing the Wenger" at the Brit last season.