Arsenal 1 - 0 Stoke City

Match info: Premier League at Emirates Stadium

Date: 02/02/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: C Foy Att: 59,872

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Lukas Podolski 78


Stoke City

FT (ht: 0-0)

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  • Clash between Owen and Arteta after a heft challenge from the Spaniard. Owen responded by seeming to punch Arteta in the ribs, but the referee took no action.

  • Aaron Ramsey replaces Walcott.

  • The game is quite frantic now, with neither side in the ascendancy. Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.

  • Shawcross booked for a studs-up tackle on Koscielny.

  • Triple substitution for Stoke as Kenwyne Jones, Cameron Jerome and Michael Owen are sent on for Crouch, Walters and Cameron.

  • Going back to the goal, the linesman was flagging for an offside against Walcott from the free-kick, but he was not active and referee overruled him. Good refereeing.

  • Great chance for Cazorla as he bundles his way past the Stoke defence with a combination of luck and skill, but saw his poked right-foot shot tipped over by Begovic.

  • Breakthrough at last for Arsenal as, from the foul Wilkinson conceded, Podolski's low free-kick is deflected past the helpless Begovic.

  • Goal! Arsenal 1-0 Stoke (Lukas Podolski)

  • Goal Arsenal! But the linesman is flagging...

  • Wilkinson booked for a foul on Walcott as the England winger cut in from the right and looked to skip along the edge of the box.

  • Monreal shoots from 25 yards out .... is this the moment to mark his debut in style? .... no, because it's badly sliced and almost hits the corner flag.

  • Half-chance for Arsenal as Cazorla reaches the right byline and lofts a cross to Giroud, who looped a header narrowly wide. Begovic had it covered, though.

  • Arsenal back on the front foot again and the pressure is starting to build back up. The hosts have resumed pinging it around the final third and probing.

  • Whelan is booked for bundling over Cazorla as Arsenal counter-attacked.

  • Podolski has taken over on the Arsenal left, with Cazorla in the centre. Stoke has edged their way back into the game in the last 5-10 minutes and Arsenal have simultaneously lost their momentum.

  • Cazorla and Podolski replace Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby.

  • Stoke finally find a yard of space to get a shot away, but it fell to the wrong man, Shawcross, who blazes a left-footer well wide. Walcott is down now after a clash with Wilkinson. It seems like he was caught by a stray hand, but it wasn't intentional. Cazorla and Podolski about to come on...

  • Stoke finally break Arsenal's monopoly of the ball and start pinging it around themselves for a while. Just like Arsenal, though, they're lacking penetration.


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