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90' + 1'
J. Allen
Yellow Card
89'
A. Lacazette
Penalty Goal
86'
P. Aubameyang
Goal
80'
P. Crouch
Ramadan Sobhi
76'
G. Xhaka
Mohamed Elneny
76'
H. Mkhitaryan
J. Wilshere
75'
P. Aubameyang
Penalty Goal
66'
G. Johnson
Yellow Card
61'
A. Lacazette
D. Welbeck
61'
S. Berahino
M. Diouf
37'
Mohamed Elneny
Yellow Card
3
1
2
2

Stats

Possession
% %
8
4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 11 2
Total Passes 647 273

Commentary

An impressive final 20 minutes sees Arsenal come away with all three points and three goals. Stoke kept the Gunners at bay for over 70 minutes and the game looked to be heading for a goalless draw before Martins Indi brought down Ozil inside the penalty area. Aubameyang stepped up to the fire the ball into the bottom right, setting Arsenal on their way to a dominant finale. Aubameyang sealed the victory following a corner as he fired through a crowded box at the back post from a corner, before Alexandre Lacazaette added gloss to the scoreline; scoring Arsenal's second penalty after the Frenchman was bundled over by Nidaye. The result moves Arsenal five points behind Chelsea in fifth place, who play later this afternoon. Stoke remain in the relegation places.
FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 3-0 STOKE CITY.
J. Allen
Yellow Card
Stoke City
90' + 1' Bruno Martins Indi is booked for a poor foul on Lacazette. A sign that Stoke's frustration is beginning to boil.
90' The fourth official has indicated three minutes of additional time.
A. Lacazette
Penalty Goal
Arsenal
89' GOAL! Alexandre Lacazette wins Arsenal another penalty after being brought down by Ndiaye and he is the one to take it too, rolling the ball into the bottom right corner with Butland once again diving the wrong way. Stoke are falling apart.
P. Aubameyang
Goal
Arsenal
86' GOAL! The Arsenal corner is deflected as far as Aubameyang at the back post, who powers a low shot beyond the outstretched leg of Butland and into the bottom right corner. Game over.
85' Close! Butland has to be alert to keep out two shots in quick succession with brilliant reaction saves but he can only force a corner in the end.
83' Arsenal continue to control the game in these closing stages and as it stands Stoke will remain three points adrift of Crystal Palace in 17th place. The Potters' haven't created much in the final third throughout the game and they don't really look like troubling the Gunners.
P. Crouch
Ramadan Sobhi
Stoke City
80' Ramadan Sobhi is replaced by Peter Crouch.
78' Stoke have worked tirelessly all game and kept Arsenal comfortably at bay for the best part of 70 minutes. It is all undone by a poor challenge and Wenger's men look well in control now.
G. Xhaka
Mohamed Elneny
Arsenal
76' Mohamed Elneny is replaced by Granit Xhaka.
H. Mkhitaryan
J. Wilshere
Arsenal
76' Jack Wilshere is replaced by Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
P. Aubameyang
Penalty Goal
Arsenal
75' GOAL! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rifles the ball into the bottom right corner with Butland diving the other way. 
74' PENALTY! Ozil wriggles his way into the Stoke box and is brought down by a late foot by Martins Indi. Aubameyang to take.
73' Close! An Arsenal corner evades the Stoke defenders and arrives at knee height for Monreal, but the defender cannot adjust himself properly in time to get a clear shot away, chipping the ball straight into the welcoming arms of Butland.
71' Aubameyang is through on goal but Butland spreads himself excellent to block the striker's shot. Arsenal come forward again through Lacazette but he is forced too wide and can only earn his side a corner.
70' Close! Shaqiri comes close to opening to scoring for Stoke straight from a corner kick. His inswinging delivery caught out Ospina in the Arsenal goal and struck the far post before being cleared away by an Arsenal shirt. 
68' Some good footwork by Shaqiri allows the midfielder to create space for himself to shoot, but his right-footed curling effort is straight into the hands of Ospina.
G. Johnson
Yellow Card
Stoke City
66' Glen Johnson is booked for a foul on Aubameyang.
66' Wilshere finds some space outside the box to shoot but his low effort lacks the power to trouble Butland. Easy save in the end for the England goalkeeper.
64' Ozil slots Lacazette down the left of the box and the Arsenal substitute earns his side a corner. It is taken short as Arsenal decide to retain possession.
A. Lacazette
D. Welbeck
Arsenal
61' Danny Welbeck has had a quiet afternoon and becomes Arsenal's first subtitute of the afternoon. Alexandre Lacazette is on to replace him.
S. Berahino
M. Diouf
Stoke City
61' Mame Biram Diouf is off with an injury. Saido Berahino comes on to replace him.
58' Better! A swift attack by Arsenal gives Bellerin space on the right. The defender finds Elneny with his pass but the midfielder can only fire his shot into a Stoke body. It comes out as far as Nacho Monreal who curls a shot towards the bottom left, but it is well covered by Butland.
56' Arsenal's first real chance of the game. Some good link up play allows Mesut Ozil to chip the ball into Danny Welbeck inside the left of the box. The Arsenal forward chests it down before firing a volley wide of the near post. 
55' A deep cross by Allen from the right wing looks to be an easy enough catch for David Ospina but he spills it while under a bit of pressure from Ramadan. Lucky for him Wilshere is the first to the ball to prevent any embarrassment.
52' STAT: Arsenal have won none of their last 9 Premier League games where they failed to score a first half goal.
49' The second half has begun much in the same way the first half ended. Arsenal are enjoying plenty of possession but simply cannot find any way through this well organised Stoke defence. 
46' We are back underway!
The players are coming back out onto the pitch, ahead of the start of the second half.
STAT: This is the second time in the last 23 PL games at the Emirates that Arsenal have a had one shot on target or fewer in the first half (0 v Liverpool in December 2017).
A rather uneventful half of football comes to an end but Paul Lambert will certainly be the happier of the two managers. Stoke have defended really well, pressed Arsenal into plenty of mistakes and closed out any openings when Wenger's men did attack. Neither side have created much worthy of note in attack so it is all to play for in the second half.
HALF-TIME: ARSENAL 0-0 STOKE CITY.
45' The fourth official has indicated one minute of additional time.
43' Arsenal have enjoyed 68% of the possession in this first half and have created very little with it. Stoke have defended really well and given the Gunners very little space to work in when they do attack.
40' Arsenal have upped the tempo a little bit as we approach half time but they have still yet to really test Butland.
Mohamed Elneny
Yellow Card
Arsenal
37' Mohamed Elneny is booked for a foul on Joe Allen.
36' STAT: Arsenal are looking to secure back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since November – they’ve won their last 24 home league matches against sides starting that day in the relegation zone, since a 4-4 draw with Tottenham in October 2008.
33' Stoke have eased off on the pressing in these last five minutes or so and it is allowing Arsenal to begin asserting their authority over the game.
30' Excellent tackle! Hector Bellerin dawdles outside his own box and loses the ball. Ramadan comes rushing forward with one player ahead of him but Shkodran Mustafi well-timed sliding tackle mops up the danger.
28' Arsenal come forward again, with Wilshere evading a challenge before slipping the ball to Ramsey outside the box. The Welsh international's shot clips off a defender and out for a corner, which Stoke deal with comfortably.
25' That chance seems to have brought Arsenal to life a little bit and they are working the ball around a little more confidently now, with some brilliant one touch football nearly resulting in a one on one opportunity for Wilshere, but Ryan Shawcross was on hand to intercept the danger.
22' Close! Chaos in the Stoke box as Arsenal finally find a way forward. Jack Butland tries to punch the ball clear but it can only fall slightly to the right of his goal. It falls only as far as Ramsey, who's chipped effort bounces off the crossbar and out for a goal kick. 
21' Arsenal with more possession in and around their own half and once again lose it as soon as they pass the halfway line. Shaqiri is unable to take advantage of the press though and Arsenal retain the ball.
18' Aaron Ramsey goes down in a spot of bother after a body check by Badou Ndiaye. Arsenal free kick. Not much going in the way of chances at either end so far.
15' Arsenal finally make some headway into the final third and they are showing signs that they are beginning to grow into this game now.
12' Arsenal are seeing their fair share of possession but they have not really got started at all. They are losing the ball before they make it past the halfway line and Stoke's high press is causing them plenty of problems.
10' Ramadan Sobhi works his way into the Arsenal box but his low cross is cut out at the first man for the first corner of the game.
9' STAT: 72.9% of Arsenal’s Premier League points this season have been won in home games, the highest ratio in the division (35/48).
6' The Potters are pressing Arsenal very high up the pitch early on and forcing them into a couple of defensive mistakes. It hasn't created any clear opportunities yet but Stoke have certainly started the better of the two sides.
3' Stoke have started strongly and are causing Arsenal a few problems here with some quick passing play. They can't find a route through the Gunners' back line so Xherdan Shaqiri chooses to shoot, curling his effort narrowly wide of the far post.
1' Arsenal get the game underway, kicking right to left.
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Stoke make four changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Everton last time out, with Erik Pieters and Mame Biram Diouf both being recalled to the starting line-up in place of Konstantantinos Stafylidis and Peter Crouch. Kurt Zouma is replaced in defence by Bruno Martins Indi and Moritz Bauer replaces the suspended Charlie Adam.
Arsenal make three changes to the side that beat Milan 3-1 just before the international break. Mohamed Elneny replaces Granit Xhaka in midfield, Calum Chambers replaces Laurent Koscielny in defence and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returns after being ineligible for the Europa League. Alexandre Lacazette starts on the bench.
Stoke City substitutes: Ireland, Berahino, Cameron, Crouch, Haugaard, Campbell, Sorenson.
Stoke City XI (4-4-2): Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi; Pieters; Bauer, Nidaye, Allen, Ramadan; Diouf, Shaqiri.
Arsenal subtitutes: Koscielny, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Iwobi, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Macey.
Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Bellerin, Chambers, Mustafi, Monreal; Elneny, Wilshere; Ramsey, Ozil, Welbeck; Aubameyang.
There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon…
Stoke will be without midfielder Charlie Adam due to the red card he picked up against Everton, while winger Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is out injured. Defender Erik Pieters and forward Mame Biram Diouf are expected to be recalled..
Defeat to Everton just before the international break has left Stoke City in very real danger of relegation as they sit three points adrift of safety with only seven games left to play. They must find points fast but the statistics are grim reading for the Potters after they have failed to win any of their last 17 matches on visits to London, losing 11.
The Gunners will be boosted by the return of Jack Wilshere, who was a doubt ahead of the game after picking up a knee injury while on international duty. Forward Alexandre Lacazette could return as well, but Arsenal’s only long term absentee, midfielder Santi Cazorla, remains out.
Arsenal returned to winning ways before the international break, cruising past Watford in between an impressive aggregate 5-1 victory over Milan. They have won their last 15 consecutive home games against Stoke, last losing in 1981, so they will be the favourites to continue their winning run this afternoon.
Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of today’s Premier League game between Arsenal and Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium.
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