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Stoke City v Arsenal - As it happened

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Official lineups for Stoke-Arsenal Premier League fixture. BeSoccer

Stoke City v Arsenal - As it happened

Patrick Power by Patrick Power @rfutbol - 1 7,758

Stoke City v Arsenal - As it happened

The end

Arsenal get a vital win at Stoke to keep up their top four hopes. Goals from Giroud (2), Ozil and Alexis sealed the win despite Crouch handling the ball into the net for the hosts.

4 minutes stoppage time

Yellow card Crouch

For a lunging tackle on Xhaka.

Cech saves!

The keeper got down well to deny a low volley from Cameron.

Giroud makes way for Walcott

Welbeck on for Ozil

Arnautovic off for Sobhi

Game over?

Another great move from Arsenal. Ozil plays Ramsey into the area, and the Welshman crosses for Giroud to slide in his finish from six yards.

GOAL!

Yellow card Holding

For a late tackle on Arnautovic.

Butland saves!

First impact from Ramsey, who firs a low shot from the edge of the box, and the keeper saves.

Arsenal get a third!

Alexis Sanchez was signalling to the bench that he was injured, but he still has the strength to power into the box and beat Butland. His strike took a deflection of Martins Indi before finding the bottom corner. Ramsey is on for the Chilean.

GOAL!

Stoke pull one back!

Super sub Crouch gets the goal. Arnautovic provided the cross and the towering striker looked to head the ball into the net. The Arsenal players are furious as the striker appeared to hand the ball past Cech.

GOAL!

Save Cech!

Stoke now pressuring the Gunners with a series of corners and crosses into the box. Cech palms the ball behind after Martins Indi headed towards goal.

Double substitution

Allen and Diouf are replaced by Crouch and Berahino.

Stoke close!

Arnautovic turns around Holding a gets a powerful ball across the goal for Diouf to head wide, after it got a touch off an Arsenal player. That was close.

Arsenal double their lead!

Lovely move between Ozil and Alexis as the Chilean plays an inch-perfect through ball for the German inside the area, and Butland cannot stop his finish.

GOAL!

Not a bad response from Stoke

The hosts pressing higher up and we still haven't seen anything from Arsenal in the second half.

Arsenal get us underway!

We're back!

The teams are back out. Hughes will hope for a response from his team after a dismal first half.

Half time

Arsenal have completely dominated here and have found their reward late in the half with a Giroud tap-in. Forty-five more minutes to come, but a lot will have to change for Stoke.

1 added minute

Arsenal lead!

Arsenal finally break the deadlock. Another good move and Bellerin bursts into the box down the left, he plays the low ball across the goal for Giroud to tap in at close range.

GOAL!

Chance Arsenal!

The high pressure allows Arsenal to take possession at the edge of the Stoke box. Alexis shoots at goal, but his low shot hits the side-netting.

'Wenger out means out'

A plane flying a banner with those words has been seen flying over the Bet365 Stadium.

 

Arnautovic close!

The Stoke man hits the free kick at goal and it is not far from the top corner.

Yellow card Mustafi

First card of the game for the German for a sliding scissor-tackle on Shaquiri. Dangerous free kick for Stoke.

Arsenal in control

Total dominance from the Gunners and a lack of intensity from Stoke. It is just a matter of time before we see a goal here.

Off the post!

Nice passing move from the away team, and the cross to the far post is met by Monreal who heads against the post.

Save Butland!

Mustafi headed the ball into the top corner, but Butland brilliantly tips the ball over for another corner kick. Great chance.

Chance Arsenal!

The visitors find the back of the defence with a long ball for Alexis who brings it down in front of Butland, but he is ruled offside.

Arsenal on the ball

Early Arsenal possession with Stoke sitting deep in their own half.

We're underway!

The teams are out!

Arsenal in black and bright yellow today. Stoke to kick off.

5 minutes to go...

Arsenal have failed to score in three of their last four visits to the Bet365 Stadium. They need a win here.

Live updates of this Premier League fixture between Stoke City and Arsenal at the Bet365 Stadium.

Stoke host Arsenal already safe from relegation and with the 'Gunners' eager to continue their good run as they aim for a top-four finish. Four wins in their last five league games have allowed Wenger's men to dream, but the French manager is aware of the tough opposition.

Stoke: Butland, Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters, Whelan, Cameron, Allen, Arnautovic, Diouf, Shaqiri

Subs: Grant; Muniesa, Berahino, Adam, Walters, Crouch, Ramadan

Arsenal: Cech, Holding, Mustafi, Koscielny, Bellerin, Coquelin, Xhaka, Monreal, Sanchez, Giroud, Ozil

Subs: Gabriel, Ramsey, Walcott, Iwobi, Welbeck, Elneny, Ospina

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