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The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain produces a cross.
Peter Crouch goes into the referee's book.
Jonathan Walters gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta.
Shot by Yaya Sanogo went over the net.
Jonathan Walters fouled by Olivier Giroud, the ref awards a free kick.
Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny by Peter Crouch results in a free kick.
Clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
The ball is crossed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Matthew Etherington on for Marko Arnautovic.
Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Peter Crouch gets a block in.
Clearance made by Glenn Whelan.
Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Mikel Arteta. Blocked by Glenn Whelan.
Free kick taken by Santi Cazorla.
Olivier Giroud fouled by Geoff Cameron, the ref awards a free kick.
Santi Cazorla restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Glenn Whelan on Santi Cazorla, free kick awarded.
Clearance made by Per Mertesacker.
Clearance made by Geoff Cameron.
A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna.
Yaya Sanogo on for Jack Wilshere.
The ball is sent over by Bacary Sagna.
Booking for Marc Wilson for unsporting behaviour.
Erik Pieters restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Erik Pieters, free kick awarded.
Jonathan Walters scores a penalty. Stoke 1-0 Arsenal.
Handball decision goes against Laurent Koscielny.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is brought on as a substitute for Tomas Rosicky.
Stephen Ireland joins the action as a substitute, replacing Charlie Adam.
Clearance made by Marc Wilson.
Erik Pieters manages to make a clearance.
Mesut Ozil is brought on as a substitute for Lukas Podolski.
The ball is swung over by Marko Arnautovic.
Kieran Gibbs makes a clearance.
Foul by Olivier Giroud on Glenn Whelan, free kick awarded.
A cross is delivered by Kieran Gibbs.
Foul by Peter Crouch on Mikel Arteta, free kick awarded.
Peter Crouch takes a weak shot.
Charlie Adam crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Foul by Tomas Rosicky on Erik Pieters, free kick awarded.
Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Adam on Olivier Giroud.
Santi Cazorla takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Glenn Whelan gets a block in.
Wojciech Szczesny manages to make a clearance.
Geoff Cameron delivers the ball.
The referee gets the second half underway.
Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Jonathan Walters.
Steven Nzonzi gets a header at goal. Wojciech Szczesny catches the ball.
A cross is delivered by Geoff Cameron.
Kieran Gibbs manages to make a clearance.
Clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.
The first half comes to an end.
Erik Pieters receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Erik Pieters challenges Olivier Giroud unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel Arteta.
Santi Cazorla has an effort at goal. Asmir Begovic blocks the ball.
Unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Steven Nzonzi results in a free kick.
Glenn Whelan has an effort at goal. A parry by Wojciech Szczesny prevents the goal.
Geoff Cameron produces a cross.
Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Olivier Giroud results in a free kick.
Lukas Podolski has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
The ball is crossed by Kieran Gibbs.
Mikel Arteta manages to make a clearance.
Charlie Adam fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick.
Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
Erik Pieters challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Charlie Adam.
Foul by Marc Wilson on Olivier Giroud, free kick awarded.
Clearance by Kieran Gibbs.
Olivier Giroud heads at goal. Marc Wilson gets a block in.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Charlie Adam.
The ball is sent over by Jonathan Walters.
Shot by Santi Cazorla missed to the right of the net.
Clearance by Jonathan Walters.
Corner taken by Santi Cazorla from the left by-line.
Glenn Whelan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere.
Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
Glenn Whelan manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Santi Cazorla from the right by-line.
Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
Free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.
Marko Arnautovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere.
Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Tomas Rosicky results in a free kick.
Clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
Peter Crouch manages to make a clearance.
Free kick crossed by Charlie Adam.
Foul by Jack Wilshere on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded.
Bacary Sagna makes a clearance.
Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
Foul by Jack Wilshere on Marko Arnautovic, free kick awarded.
Olivier Giroud concedes a free kick for a foul on Erik Pieters.
The match gets underway.
Hughes confirms Olic interest
Stoke boss Mark Hughes has confirmed the club's interest in signing Wolfsburg and Croatia striker Ivica Olic.
Olic, whose current contract runs out in the summer, was quoted in the last few days by Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List as saying he had held talks with Hughes and the Potters hierarchy. He said he had been made an offer by the Staffordshire outfit and that he was yet to choose between that and an offer of a new deal from Wolfsburg.
Asked on Friday about the 34-year-old, Hughes said: "It is fair to say he is an interesting player - one I have faced in the past and have always been impressed with.
"There is an interest there and we'll see how it progresses."
Hughes has also given his thoughts on the contract situations of Stoke stalwart Andy Wilkinson.
Defender Wilkinson, a Potters academy graduate, is on a deal that expires at the end of the season.
He has already indicated he has been offered a new one and that, despite his frustration at a lack of game time this term, he hopes to stay put.
Hughes said of the 29-year-old: "We'd like Andy to stay - I think he typifies the Stoke attitude and he has good ability.
"He is a local guy, has been here a long time and is very much part of the fabric of the place, and you can't have too many of those type of players in your club.
"So we'll be delighted if Andy can agree a new deal and is here for a longer time."
Stoke will check on the condition of Peter Odemwingie ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League home clash with Arsenal after he sustained a calf problem.
Fellow Potters forward Jon Walters has missed a couple of days of training this week due to illness but is expected to be available, and on-loan Manchester City striker John Guidetti is eligible once again after sitting out last weekend's defeat at his parent club.
Defender Robert Huth, who last played for the Stoke first team in November and has been recovering from knee surgery, successfully came through 45 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday but is not yet ready for a competitive return. On-loan Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi (knee) remains sidelined.
Mesut Ozil will return after hip trouble and a two-day rest for Arsenal.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will leave a decision on whether or not to field fit-again defender Thomas Vermaelen at left-back to the last minute.
Nacho Monreal (ankle) and Kieran Gibbs (gluteus) both remain doubtful, and if neither make it back in time for the Potters clash, Wenger could deploy Vermaelen, fully recovered from a shin problem, on the left of his defence.
Tony Pulis' muscular Stoke side intimidated Arsenal's cosmopolitan crew into untold headaches over the years, but now new boss Hughes is battling to expand that regimented gameplan.
Wenger admitted Arsenal may be more suited to taking on a team built by the former Manchester United and Wales striker than facing up to Pulis' pressgang tactics.
"We had some bad memories but also some good ones as well," said Wenger.
"It's a stadium where before, first of all the pitch was narrow and difficult to play, a bit more open to the wind.
"But recently we have shown as well it's down to the performance on the day.
"If you perform on Saturday that's all that counts.
"Yes it probably is better for us now though, because we went sometimes to Stoke, who had a rough style, we had young players and it was difficult.
"But they have good players, they have done well in the league, they qualified for the Europa league.
"So they are a real challenge.
"Every manager has his own style, he (Hughes) has experience and has shown he can do well.
"Given time he will print his own style of play."
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