The purchase of Xherdan Shaqiri by Stoke City is being applauded by Crystal Palace coach Alan Pardew, who on the eve of the match against Arsenal highlights how small to medium teams of the Premier League have made important signings: “I look at us, I look at West Ham and Stoke City and I think they’re all really strong this year. Shaqiri, then, was a fantastic arrival of a player who I have always admired.”