Jermaine Pennant has been suffering with a bout of flu in the last couple of weeks, it even kept him out of the Stoke side that went to Newcastle at the weekend.

But the influential winger is now recovered and is raring to go, he hopes he will make a start against Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke missed Pennant on Saturday when they went down 3-0, had he been able to play he would have added another option to what Stoke attack there was.

Now he is back in full training and wants to start against his former club.

"I would love to play against them," Pennant told the club's official website. "They are a former club of mine and they are right up there at the top end of the table.

"These are the sort of games that everybody is desperate to be involved in - the big games against the biggest sides in the world.

"I am feeling fully fit again now and hopefully with a full week of training behind me the manager will feel that this is the game for me."

Pennant has also called on the Potters to win their last three home games of the season against Arsenal, Everton and Bolton, to push their way into the top 10.