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  • Date:23 Oct 2011
  • Kick-off:13:30
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:59,671
  • Gervinho (26) van Persie (72) van Persie (81)
  • Crouch (33)
Goal!

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91mins

Mikel Arteta decides to take the corner short.

90mins

Emmanuel Frimpong joins the action as a substitute, replacing Yao Gervinho.

90mins

Yao Gervinho takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.

85mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Whelan on Robin van Persie. Direct free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

82mins

Robin van Persie fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 3-1 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Yao Gervinho.

78mins

Glenn Whelan fouled by Clarindo Andre Santos, the ref awards a free kick. Glenn Whelan takes the direct free kick.

78mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Cameron Jerome on Wojciech Szczesny. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

77mins

Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

77mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Clarindo Andre Santos on Dean Whitehead. Glenn Whelan restarts play with the free kick.

75mins

Robin van Persie is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Upson.

74mins

Kenwyne Jones is brought on as a substitute for Peter Crouch. Cameron Jerome on for Matthew Etherington.

73mins

Robin van Persie grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 2-1 Stoke.Assist by Yao Gervinho.

72mins

Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Peter Crouch.

71mins

Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line to the near post, Glenn Whelan manages to make a clearance.

71mins

Andrey Arshavin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Theo Walcott.

66mins

Corner taken short by Mikel Arteta.

66mins

(Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Robin van Persie coming on for Marouane Chamakh.

64mins

Foul by Clarindo Andre Santos on Matthew Etherington, free kick awarded. Matthew Etherington takes the direct free kick.

60mins

Salif Diao on for Rory Delap.

56mins

Foul by Alex Song on Jonathan Walters, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.

56mins

Mikel Arteta takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Glenn Whelan.

55mins

Andy Wilkinson challenges Theo Walcott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Wilkinson booked for unsporting behaviour. Clarindo Andre Santos takes the direct free kick.

53mins

Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line.

52mins

Unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Glenn Whelan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

48mins

Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line.

47mins

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mikel Arteta. Shot from just outside the area by Yao Gervinho goes over the bar.

47mins

The ball is sent over by Mikel Arteta, Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Matthew Upson gets a block in.

46mins

Jonathan Walters has an effort at goal from long range that goes wide left.

42mins

Rory Delap challenges Laurent Koscielny unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

40mins

Foul by Laurent Koscielny on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.

38mins

Glenn Whelan takes the inswinging corner, Marouane Chamakh makes a clearance.

36mins

Aaron Ramsey challenges Dean Whitehead unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Glenn Whelan, Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.

34mins

Goal scored by Peter Crouch from close in high into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 1-1 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Jonathan Walters.

33mins

Laurent Koscielny gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.

32mins

Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line played to the near post, Peter Crouch makes a clearance.

31mins

Mikel Arteta fouled by Dean Whitehead, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Whitehead receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Per Mertesacker takes the free kick.

30mins

Foul by Johan Djourou on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marc Wilson.

29mins

Peter Crouch challenges Laurent Koscielny unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

27mins

A goal is scored by Yao Gervinho from close range low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Stoke.Assist on the goal came from Aaron Ramsey.

26mins

Andy Wilkinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Song. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

24mins

Foul by Mikel Arteta on Rory Delap, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Andy Wilkinson from right channel.

23mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Walters. Per Mertesacker restarts play with the free kick.

22mins

Shot from just outside the box by Aaron Ramsey misses to the left of the goal.

22mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Marc Wilson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mikel Arteta from right wing, clearance by Matthew Upson.

18mins

Handball by Dean Whitehead. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.

17mins

Foul by Rory Delap on Alex Song, free kick awarded. Aaron Ramsey takes the free kick.

15mins

Foul by Matthew Upson on Marouane Chamakh, free kick awarded. Aaron Ramsey restarts play with the free kick.

12mins

Effort from long distance by Mikel Arteta goes wide right of the target.

11mins

Jonathan Walters has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

9mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Marouane Chamakh misses to the left of the goal.

6mins

Johan Djourou produces a cross.

4mins

Rory Delap produces a cross, save by Wojciech Szczesny.

3mins

Matthew Etherington has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

2mins

Clarindo Andre Santos is penalised for a handball. Andy Wilkinson restarts play with the free kick.

2mins

Alex Song fouled by Glenn Whelan, the ref awards a free kick. Per Mertesacker takes the free kick.

1mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny by Peter Crouch. Johan Djourou takes the direct free kick. The assistant referee signals for offside against Theo Walcott. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.

Match Preview

Wenger hails complete Van Persie Arsene Wenger believes handing Robin van Persie the captain's armband has made him the best all-round striker in the Premier League. The Arsenal manager insists his one-time problem player has grown into a leader who can help inject drive and desire into the Gunners after their struggling start to the season. Wenger, whose side have won five of their last six matches without impressing, said: "He has made a big improvement on the mental side since he has arrived to this club. And I think the final step was the armband. "Yes, he had a history of being a bit temperamental, but he is a guy who takes things on board." Asked whether he was the best all-round striker in the Premier League, Wenger added: "This season, certainly, yes. The last six months, certainly the most efficient. "He's not a typical goal-scorer. When you see him play it never comes to your mind that this guy is a goal-scorer. And then you look at the record and think he's not only a good player, he's as well a top class goal-scorer. "For all the other goal-scorers you do the opposite. You think they do not contribute too much to the game but they score the goals. For him it's the opposite. You look, this is a good player. And then you see that he scores goals as well." Wenger is mindful that Holland international Van Persie has played 16 matches this season already and 41 this year and he could even decide to rest him against Stoke at the Emirates stadium on Sunday. Wenger said: "On Monday I decide always to rest him and on Friday I play him again. It is always a difficult decision (leaving him out) to make at the moment, but I will have to do it. "We will assess everybody, then I will make the decision for Sunday. I will have to rotate a little bit." Carl Jenkinson misses out with the knee problem he picked up against Marseille in the Champions League in midweek. He will be out for a fortnight, as will Kieran Gibbs with an injury to his stomach muscles. Manager Tony Pulis believes tired minds have been more of a problem than weary bodies for Stoke in the games that have followed their European fixtures. The last two times the Potters have played in the Barclays Premier League on the Sunday after a Thursday night Europa League assignment, they have been beaten, going down 4-0 at Sunderland and 2-0 at Swansea. Having seen his team defeat Israeli outfit Maccabi Tel Aviv two days ago, Pulis is keen to halt the pattern and is convinced the key is getting his players' heads right. "We have looked at the stats and it is a mental thing rather than a physical thing," Pulis said. "Our running stats in the games at Swansea and Sunderland were very good, but we didn't look as sharp as maybe we could have been. "So we are looking at that - but Arsenal would be tough whether we had played Thursday or just last Saturday." The Gunners have made a poor start to the season, but their form has picked up in recent weeks and Pulis is certainly not about to underestimate the task that lies ahead. "It will be tough - Arsenal have won five of their last six games," Pulis said. "They are on a bit of a roll and I think people have forgotten that. "In the team we pick, everyone will have to be on their mettle - if not, we will get beaten." Pulis will check on the condition of winger Jermaine Pennant. Former Gunner Pennant has been experiencing some trouble with his hamstring and did not feature against Maccabi Tel Aviv. Jonathan Woodgate also missed that game as he is not part of Pulis' European squad and will come back into contention if he is fit, while Danny Higginbotham - out since April with a knee injury - may be involved as well after playing for the reserves this week.

Formation:4411Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 4411Manager: Tony Pulis

Stoke

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Johan Djourou
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Clarindo Andre Santos
  • Theo Walcott
  • Alex Song
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Yao Gervinho
  • Marouane Chamakh
  • SUBS
  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Chu-Young Park
  • Robin van Persie
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • Emmanuel Frimpong
  • Yossi Benayoun

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Match Report

Van Persie is super-sub as Gunners win Robin van Persie climbed off the bench to rescue Arsenal with two goals to sink Stoke 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger's decision to start his captain on the bench almost backfired as they only had Gervinho's strike to show for their dominance in the first half. To add to their problems, former Tottenham striker Peter Crouch marked his return to north London with an equaliser 10 minutes before the interval. With the Gunners labouring against their battle-hardened visitors, Van Persie was let loose with 25 minutes remaining. And within a quarter of an hour he had scored twice to bail out his shot-shy team-mates and take his goal tally to a remarkable 29 in his last 34 appearances for the club. It was hardly a convincing performance from Arsenal, and yet a sixth win in their last seven matches is not exactly the record of a club supposedly in crisis not so long ago. In Van Persie's absence, Marouane Chamakh got a chance to impress, and he should have given Arsenal the lead in the 10th minute with a free header from Mikel Arteta's corner but made a mess of his effort which flew wide. Mikel Arteta fired a low drive narrowly wide and Gervinho just failed to control Aaron Ramsey's lofted ball into the area as the hosts warmed to their task. In the 23rd minute Ramsey almost repeated his midweek heroics in Marseille with a fierce drive which fizzed just wide. The goal Arsenal had been threatening arrived in the 27th minute, with Ramsey the architect. The Wales international, who had his leg broken by Stoke's Ryan Shawcross 18 months ago, collected a half-clearance from the Potters defender and chipped it back into the area. Gervinho's chest control this time was perfect, creating the angle for him to beat the diving Asmir Begovic from 12 yards for his second goal since joining the club. But Stoke grabbed a shock leveller seven minutes later from a disputed free-kick after Laurent Koscielny was adjudged to have fouled Crouch. As Wenger protested to fourth official Jon Moss, Glenn Whelan lofted the ball into the area, Shawcross' cross found its way to Jon Walters at the far post and his header back across goal was nodded in by Crouch. Arsenal began the second half sluggishly, with the biggest stir caused by Van Persie when he began to warm up on the touchline. Chamakh passed up another half-chance with an overhead kick which drifted wide following a goalmouth scramble. The change was inevitable and Van Persie finally made his entrance with 25 minutes remaining, replacing Chamakh. The Dutchman almost made an immediate impact with a neat turn and a cross which flew just over the head of Ramsey. But it took only eight minutes for the new arrival to get Arsenal back on track. Gervinho beat Walters to reach the byline and pulled the ball back for new strike partner Van Persie, who squeezed the ball between Begovic and his near post. And Van Persie had the final say with six minutes to go, Gervinho again the provider with a low cross which the in-form Holland star fired past Begovic to kill Stoke off.

Form Guide

    LWLWLW
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Stoke
  • WWLDLW

Last Meetings

  • Stoke
  • 3 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 08/05/2011
  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 0
  • Stoke
  • 23/02/2011
  • Stoke
  • 1 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 27/02/2010
  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 0
  • Stoke
  • 05/12/2009
  • Arsenal
  • 4 - 1
  • Stoke
  • 24/05/2009
  • Stoke
  • 2 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 01/11/2008

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 5
  • A Arshavin 1
  • M Arteta 1
  • M Chamakh 1
  • A Song 1
  • T Walcott 1
  • YK Gervinho 1
  • A Ramsey 1

Stoke

  • R Delap 1
  • P Crouch 1
  • J Walters 1
  • K Jones 1
  • R Shotton 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 29
    • Goals per game 12
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Stoke

    • Total goals 23
    • Goals per game 6
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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