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Corner from the left by-line taken by Tomas Rosicky, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Laurent Koscielny on Dean Whitehead. Free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tomas Rosicky from the left by-line, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
Jonathan Walters has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Peter Crouch takes a shot. Thomas Vermaelen gets a block in.
Matthew Upson challenges Robin van Persie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robin van Persie restarts play with the free kick. Effort from outside the box by Thomas Vermaelen goes wide right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Alex Song by Cameron Jerome results in a free kick. Kieran Gibbs restarts play with the free kick.
Kieran Gibbs delivers the ball, clearance by Matthew Upson. Bacary Sagna takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Ryan Shawcross challenges Clarindo Andre Santos unfairly and gives away a free kick. Clarindo Andre Santos restarts play with the free kick.
Rory Delap on for Matthew Etherington.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Huth on Yossi Benayoun. Clarindo Andre Santos is brought on as a substitute for Yossi Benayoun. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Jonathan Walters, Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome by Vassiriki Diaby results in a free kick. Matthew Upson takes the free kick.
Marc Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Rosicky. Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Marc Wilson. Cameron Jerome joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jermaine Pennant. Marouane Chamakh replaces Yao Gervinho.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Alex Song. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Alex Song sends in a cross, Matthew Upson makes a clearance. Corner taken by Robin van Persie played to the near post, Peter Crouch manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Robert Huth.
Aaron Ramsey has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post. Vassiriki Diaby on for Aaron Ramsey.
Glenn Whelan concedes a free kick for a foul on Thomas Vermaelen. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Robin van Persie. Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Blocked by Glenn Whelan.
Dean Whitehead takes a shot. Aaron Ramsey gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, clearance made by Robin van Persie.
Matthew Etherington fouled by Alex Song, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Song is cautioned. Matthew Upson takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Robert Huth, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
Kieran Gibbs takes a shot. Dean Whitehead gets a block in.
Yossi Benayoun gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant. Yossi Benayoun is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Robert Huth takes the free kick.
Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball, Thomas Vermaelen gets a block in.
Effort on goal by Thomas Vermaelen from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target. Matthew Upson on for Ryan Shotton.
A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna, Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.
The ball is sent over by Matthew Etherington, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.
The ball is swung over by Jermaine Pennant, clearance made by Bacary Sagna.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in. Shot by Yao Gervinho from just outside the area goes over the net.
Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball.
Robin van Persie is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Long range shot from Robert Huth misses to the left of the target.
Robin van Persie concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Shotton. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from right wing, Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance. Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
The ball is crossed by Tomas Rosicky, Asmir Begovic makes a comfortable save.
Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Alex Song results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Huth.
The referee blows for offside against Peter Crouch. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Yossi Benayoun on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Jermaine Pennant.
The offside flag is raised against Robin van Persie. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Alex Song results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
Peter Crouch is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Centre by Jermaine Pennant, clearance made by Thomas Vermaelen.
Shot on goal by Yao Gervinho from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yao Gervinho by Marc Wilson. Robin van Persie delivers the ball, Laurent Koscielny has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Bacary Sagna.
Tomas Rosicky crosses the ball, Robin van Persie grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Stoke 1-1 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Tomas Rosicky.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jonathan Walters. Thomas Vermaelen takes the indirect free kick.
Aaron Ramsey produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Short corner worked by Tomas Rosicky.
Kieran Gibbs sends in a cross, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Matthew Etherington, Peter Crouch finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Stoke 1-0 Arsenal.Assist by Matthew Etherington.
Centre by Tomas Rosicky, Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic. Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.
Yossi Benayoun takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Crouch. Indirect free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Jermaine Pennant is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Alex Song challenges Jermaine Pennant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Huth.
Dean Whitehead concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Song. Dean Whitehead is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Aaron Ramsey restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Dean Whitehead, Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.
Pulis wants top-10 finish
Stoke manager Tony Pulis is calling for one final push to claim what he believes would be a deserved top-half finish.
The Potters have four games of a long but eventful campaign remaining, starting with the visit of Arsenal.
Stoke have slipped to 14th in the Barclays Premier League but are well clear of the relegation issues concerning the bottom six and are just six points off seventh place.
Pulis wants to secure a top-10 finish for the first time since winning promotion in 2008 and feels that would be just reward for a season which has featured a lengthy Europa League run.
Pulis said: "It has been a long season for us - 52 games already - and we just hope and pray in the next four games we can pick up enough points to be where we deserve to be, and that is the top half of the table.
"The way the lads have worked this year after we started in July - their attitude and commitment has been fantastic - it would be lovely to finish with enough points to be in the top half.
"When it is all finished we will look back - it has been a long, long season, but it has been an exciting season and one I think everyone has enjoyed.
"What we need now is our supporters to raise the roof and the players to give it a right blast."
Pulis is not expecting a gentle run-in with the visit of Champions League hopefuls Arsenal followed by clashes with European-chasing Everton and relegation battlers QPR and Bolton.
The Welshman said: "Every game we play in is difficult but that is the way the Premier League is. It is a difficult four games.
"We have got to give it our best shot. If we do that and pick up the points, brilliant. If we don't, at least we'll have given it our best.
"We have three games at home so the supporters can play a big part. It will be a great atmosphere for the next three games."
Pulis would take great satisfaction from frustrating the Gunners with Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea having already dropped points at the Britannia Stadium this season.
Pulis is looking for a strong reaction against Arsene Wenger's men after a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle last week.
Stoke have beaten the Londoners in three of their last four meetings, in all competitions, at the Britannia but Pulis insists that counts for nothing.
Stoke will be without defender Andy Wilkinson due to a groin injury but Pulis is hopeful he will feature again this season.
Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal will have to "combat" Stoke's aerial threat, but feels the Gunners can play their way to victory.
Arsenal do not have the best of records at Stoke, winning on just one of the last four visits, which came in the most testing of circumstances in February 2010 when midfielder Aaron Ramsey suffered a broken leg.
However, despite being acutely aware of the need for his side not to be outmuscled again by Pulis' men, Wenger believes if his team play to their own strengths, then the Gunners can get the victory needed to stay on track for third place.
"We have to combat in the air because with [Peter] Crouch up front, he is technically good, he can bring other people in, but as well we cannot forget to put the ball down and play our game," Wenger said.
"We are ready to win. If you think are we ready to win petty, it depends what you call petty, but we will be faithful to the way we play football, that is for sure."
Arsenal have forced themselves back up into the top four of the Premier League with a fine run of form.
However, there is still some work ahead to secure third place, after losing at home to Wigan and then be held to a frustrating goalless draw by Chelsea before their famous result in Barcelona.
Should the Blues go on to win the Champions League against hosts Bayern Munich in May and fail to finish in the top four, then they would usurp one of their rivals to enter the group stages.
Wenger's men currently lead Newcastle by three points, but having played a match more.
Midfielder Abou Diaby will be assessed after suffering from a virus.
Czech international Tomas Rosicky has shrugged off a similar illness, while on-loan Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun comes back in after being ineligible to play against his parent club last weekend.
Winger Theo Walcott (hamstring) may feature before the end of the season but Mikel Arteta (ankle) is out along with Jack Wilshere (ankle) and German centre-back Per Mertesacker (ankle).
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