Arsenal vs Stoke City: Match Review and Highlights as late flurry of goals give Gunners a victory

Gunners face CSKA Moskva on Thursday in the Europa League.

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Three goals in the last fifteen minutes of the game has given Arsenal all the three points against Stoke City in the Premier League.

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Lacazette returns with a goal which is his 10th of the season

Setting the Scene:

Gunners were coming back off a three match unbeaten run while Stoke were dismal and without a win in their last seven games. The Potters also have the 2nd worst away record this season in all the four divisions of the English league.

 

Team News:

The Gunners had Petr Cech missing from the line up as he had a pelvic injury, Wilshere started while Lacazette was on the bench. Defense had Chambers pairing with Mustafi as Koscielny was rested.

For the Potters, a returning Diouf started while Sobhi was slotted in the midfield. Peter Crouch, the man with a great record against the Gunners started from the bench.

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Jack Wilshere started for the Gunners

Review:

The start was a dull one as the home side was far from their best. Arsenal, with Aubameyang, Ozil and Wilshere on the side never looked threatening and Stoke were comfortable. Arsenal’s passing, movement everything was lacking and it was all squares at the half time.

Second half changed the dynamism as there were more urgency from the home side, but the Potters had a chance when Shaqiri’s corner hit the inside of the post directly but didn’t go in. The match changed on the final third of the game when Ozil was tripped from the back and the Gunners were awarded a penalty.

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Aubameyang celebrates his goal for Arsenal

Aubameyang slotted the ball home to give them the lead, and the Gabonese then doubled his team’s advantage with a sweet finish past Butland. The game had the final goal as another penalty was awarded and a returning Lacazette converted from the spot to give the Gunners a comfortable 3-0 victory.

The frustrating emotion at the Emirates changed swiftly with some rapid actions in the final phase but the Gunners need to improve overall to keep the quest for Europa League alive.

 

Starting Line Up:

Arsenal: Ospina; Bellerin, Chambers, Mustafi, Monreal; Elneny (Xhaka), Ramsey; Ozil, Wilshere (Mkhitaryan), Welbeck (Lacazette); Aubameyang

Stoke: Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters; Bauer, Ndiaye, Allen, Sobhi (Crouch); Shaqiri; Diouf (Berahino)

 

Highlights:

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