Sunday May 8, 2011 Day 36 Finished Britannia Stadium

Stoke City 3 - 1 Arsenal

  • Jones 28’
  • Pennant 40’
  • Walters 82’
  • van Persie 81’

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  1. Soft-centred Arsenal humbled at Stoke

    Soft-centred Arsenal humbled at Stoke

    Arsenal's slim Premier League title hopes were ended by a 3-1 defeat to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Stoke City
    • Arsenal
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4' The final whistle goes and Stoke go into the FA Cup final on the back of a fully deserved win. Arsenal will now be looking over their shoulders at fourth-placed Manchester City.
    • 90+2' Bendtner has a decent effort saved well by Begovic, but the whistle had already blown for a handball against the big Dane.
    • 90' There will be four minutes of added time.
    • 87' Arsenal continuing to plug away in search of another goal, but Stoke are more than happy to sit back and repel whatever is thrown at them.
    • 85' Arsenal have been kept from scoring a single goal in only two away matches this season: at Chelsea and at Manchester United. (Infostrada)
    • 84' Stoke substitution: Salif Diao replaces Jones.
    • 83' Well, that sums up Arsenal perfectly. Van Persie has been excellent and scores his 20th goal of 2011, but then more defensive calamity sees them concede another goal barely a minute later.
    • 82' GOAL!! Stoke score again! Djourou blocks a shot but he steers it right intot he path of Walters, who finishes low past Szczesny to restore Stoke's two-goal lead! Incredible!
    • 81' GOAL!! Van Persie drills a low strike underneath Begovic to get the Gunners on the scoresheet. He made that all by himself.
    • 80' Arsenal substitution: Tomas Rosicky comes on for the Gunners.
    • 79' Word from the Stoke dressing room is that they are optimistic Robert Huth will recover from injury in time for the FA Cup final.
    • 77' Szczesny drops the ball after being barged into by Shawcross. If it was the 1920s, that would have been fine, but not today.
    • 76' Whelan hits a shot on the turn after being played down the right channel that forces a decent stop at the near post from Szczensy. Corner to Stoke.
    • 75' Wilshere floats a ball to the far post for Sagna, who cannot control and Begovic gathers comfortably.
    • 74' Two corners in quick succession for Arsenal, but they cant work a chance from either of them.
    • 73' Van Persie is slipped in right in front of goal... he must score... SAVED BY ASMIR BEGOVIC! A great close-range save from the keeper, but Van Perise should have done better.
    • 72' Stoke substitution: Danny Pugh replaces Pennant.
    • 71' Wilshere and Pennant both get bookings. Wilkinson gets away with it. Stoke can eventually take their free-kick, which results in a goal kick.
    • 70' Two bad tackles go flying inm, one from each side. Wilshere flies in on Pennant and Wilkinson retaliates on the Arsenal man. There is more pushing and shoving between the two teams. The referee consults his linesman, who was much closer to the incident.
    • 69' The set piece comes to nothing and Stoke try to counter. Gibbs hacks the ball away from Pennant but Stoke win a free-kick in midfield.
    • 68' Arsenal win a free-kick and send their big men into the box. Referee Mark Halsey has words with Wilson and Bendtner before the set piece will be delivered.
    • 67' Walters beginning to get more joy down this left-hand side, but on this occasion he loses out to Koscielny.
    • 65' Some decent build-up play from Stoke. Wilson lifts a great ball down the wing for Walters, who is flagged for offside. That was a tight call.
    • 64' Robin van Persie has scored far more goals (15) since 1 January than any other player in the division, but he has to keep doing so to break the season record since New Year’s (18). (Infostrada)
    • 62' Pennant chips a ball across the six-yard box for Jones. The big striker goes down in the box, but there are rightly no appeals from the players and play continues.
    • 61' The first booking of the game goes to an Arsenal after Bendtner catches Pennant.
    • 60' Arsenal living on the edge as they play the ball far too casually in defence and Szczesny is almost robbed of the ball. The Polish keeper keeps his cool though.
    • 59' Delap hurls in another throw. Again dealt with well by the Gunners, but they concede another closer to the goal line. It's a pacy, flat throw from Delap this time, but it's headed away at the near post. Stoke build again but this time the offside flag is up.
    • 58' Walctoss fires in a low ball into the box that Van Persie can also steer tamely towards goal.
    • 57' Pennant is dispossessed in his own half but he was fouled as he lost the ball. That was Arsenal's seventh foul of the match. Stoke have conceded just one so far.
    • 55' Sagna hounds Marc Wilson for the ball down the flank and goes down clutching his face. Replays don't show much contact on the Arsenal man, if any.
    • 54' Neither Chamakh nor Bendtner have scored a Premier League goal in 2011.
    • 53' Bendtner and Chamakh both have shots pulled wide in quick succession. That increased firepower is what Wenger hopes will get his side back into this game.
    • 52' Huth's injury may have stemmed from that tangle with Song. The German got an elbow in the face from the Arsenal man in that incident. Song now has a big rip in his shirt too.
    • 51' Stoke substitution: Abdoulaye Faye replaces Huth.
    • 50' Huth limps off. It looks like his game may be over. Stoke are already likely to be without Matthew Etherington for the game at Wembley, and now they will be made to sweat on Huth's fitness.
    • 49' Huth goes down and requires atention. The ball was nowhere near him when he went down. With the FA Cup final just six days away, this is not what Tony Pulis needs.
    • 48' There is a bit of a melee in the box following that chance. Huth yanked Song down by the shirt after stooping in to win that header.
    • 47' Jones shields the ball at the corner flag and wins a corner off Gibbs. Great ball in from Pennant and Huth heads over the bar!
    • 46' The second half is underway! Can Arsenal rescue their already meagre title hopes?
    • HT Arsenal substitutions: Nicklas Bendtner and Marouane Chamakh replace Arshavin and Ramsey. Wenger is bringing on his big men.
    • 45+1' Arshavin's floated cross doesn't yield a chance and the whistle blows for half-time. As the home crowd are saying, it's "2-0 to the rugby team".
    • 45' Just the one minute of added time to be played. The Gunners have a corner.
    • 44' Wilshere delays his short pass to Van Persie for as long as he can, but by the time he makes it the Dutchman had just strayed past the last defender.
    • 43' Walters shows great drive to cut in from the left and fire a shot from a tight angle off the bar! Stoke could have been three up before the break!
    • 42' Pennant's third goal of the season is his second in his last three games.
    • 41' GOAL!! Pennant scores against his old club. Pennant has the ball and sees the red sea part in front of him. He goes for the strike and it loops off the outstretched leg of Johan Djourou and over Szczesny into the net!
    • 40' Another Delap throw is handled well by Arsenal, but Stoke retain the ball and will build again fromt he back.
    • 39' Gibbs's throw gives the ball straight back to Stoke. Jones uses all his strength to keep possession before picking out Pennant, whose cross is headed away.
    • 38' Delap's throw is dealt with well by Arsenal this time, but the Potters keep the pressure on for the time being.
    • 37' Great covering from Whitehead who snuffs out an Arsenal counter with a well-timed challenge. It wins Stoke a throw, and Delap winds up to sling it in.
    • 36' Lovely turn and reverse pass from Van Persie for Arshavin to chase, but Huth slides in with a great tackle.
    • 34' Wilshere looks on the verge of tears as he protests his innocence after fouling Whitehead right in front of the referee.
    • 33' Great tweet from OptaJoe on Twitter: "57% - Arsenal have conceded a higher proportion of goals from set-pieces than any other PL team this season. Flaw." Follow OptaJoe on Twitter
    • 32' Stoke have plenty back as Arsenal probe around the final third. Two men in red-and-white dive in front of shots from Gunners players.
    • 30' Top marks to the Stoke fans for terrace wit. They are now singing "Swing low, sweet chariot" in response to Arsene Wenger's assertion that they use "rugby tactics.
    • 29' That's Jones's fifth goal in his last six games! Great form to go into a cup final with.
    • 28' GOAL!! So easy for Stoke!! Pennant's inswinging cross is turned in by Jones off his thigh inside the six-yard box! Arsenal's defence yet again found wanting at set pieces.
    • 27' Arshavin puts in a great tackle on Pennant but then ruins his good work by shoving the former Arsenal winger in the back. Free-kick to Stoke near the corner flag. Danger for Arsenal.
    • 26' Pennant digs out a decent cross but it is cleared before it reaches Jones.
    • 25' Pennant goes down clamining he's been fouled by Arshavin, who did well to track back. Nothing given.
    • 24' For those complaining about the match being 'not started' according to the matchcast, we are having some technical problems today. Apologies. However, I can assure you that the match has actually started.
    • 23' Van Persie fires in a decent cross on the turn that Robert Huth gets his head behind to clear.
    • 21' Matches involving Arsenal have featured more penalties (16) than PL matches involving any other team in the division. The Gunners have converted four of their seven spot kicks, their opponents have converted six of their nine. (Infostrada)
    • 20' Kieron Gibbs loses the ball but does well to win it back. The move ends with a shot wide from Bacary Sagna.
    • 19' Another promising Arsenal attack is broken up. Jones holds the ball up well and lays it off. The big striker continues his run but slips over as a decent ball heads his way.
    • 18' Lovely skill from Van Persie as he initiates antoehr Arsenal move forward. Alex Song links well with the Dutchman but his progress into the area is blocked.
    • 16' Robin van Persie has scored in the last seven away matches for Arsenal in the PL. His run is already an all-time PL record. He has scored in all of Arsenal’s league matches away from home in 2011. (Infostrada)
    • 15' Dean Whitehead and Wilshere tangle after the Stoke man puts in a fair challenge on the Arsenal midfielder. The pair remain caught up ont he ground and there's a little bit of handbags, but referee Mark Halsey is over to diffuse the situation quickly.
    • 14' Theo Walcott lashes a volley off target after pounces on a loose ball.
    • 13' Rory Delap gets his first chance to hurl in a long throw. It's headed back out and Szczesny punches the second ball clear. Pennant tries to hook a shot past the keeper as he is still off his line, but it bounces wide.
    • 12' POSSESSION: Stoke 28%-72% Arsenal.
    • 11' Stoke edging their way into this game now having sustaining plenty of pressure in the opening 10 minutes.
    • 10' Arsenal give the ball away in their defence after pressure from Kenwyne Jones, but Jermaine Pennant and Glenn Whelan fail to capitalise.
    • 9' Laurent Koscielny brings Arshavin's corner down at the far post, but rushes his shot and it sails into the crowd.
    • 8' Plenty of possession from the Gunners, and they win the first corner of the game. Arshavin trots over to take it.
    • 6' The home support is even more vociferous than ever today. Is that a chant of "Boring! Boring!" aimed at the visitors?! Robin van Persie is in on the right of the area but scoops his effort high and wide of the near post.
    • 5' Jon Walters goes on a mazy run into the Arsenal box, but he can't get much power on his cross and it rolls comfortably for Wojciech Szczesny.
    • 4' Plenty of football being played in the Stoke half, as you'd expect from an Arsenal side who often start brightly.
    • 3' Arsenal have scored a league high 13 goals in the opening quarter and Stoke have netted a league low one in the opening 15 minutes. The one Stoke goalscorer in the first 15 was Jonathan Walters against Chelsea on 2 April. (Infostrada)
    • 2' "Wemberley! Wemberley!" is the chant from the home fans, who of course face Manchester City in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Fair play to Tony Pulis for fielding a strong side.
    • 1' Jack Wilshere's persistence down the left sees him get the ball to Andrei Arshavin who fires wide of the near post.
    • 1' The match is underway!
    • 14:02 The players are walking out on to the pitch now. Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross exchanges a brief handshake with Aaron Ramsey, who suffered a horrendous leg break after the defender's rash tackle on this ground just over a year ago. We'll be underway shortly...
    • 14:00 If Arsenal can win today, the Gunners will be level on points with second placed Chelsea on 70, albeit with an inferior goal difference (well, unless they can win by six goals!). Stoke, meanwhile, can jump up to ninth above Fulham with all three points.
    • 13:55 We're just 10 minutes from kick off now at the Britannia Stadium, and the atmosphere is building steadily in the sunshine. Do Arsenal have even a minute chance of nicking the title?
    • 13:50 What do you make of the two sides selected by Tony Pulis and Arsene Wenger respectively? Do you think the right selections have been made, and what do you think the score will be? Post your views below...
    • 13:45 Jermaine Pennant faces his former club Arsenal at the top of his game, according to Stoke assistant manager Dave Kemp. Pennant has travelled a long road since 1999 when he joined the Gunners as a prodigious talent but the winger now seems content at the Britannia Stadium. The 28-year-old has played a big part in Stoke's success after sealing a permanent deal from Real Zaragoza in January following a loan spell. This is what Kemp said
    • 13:40 The teams are in at the Britannia Stadium! Carew is confined to the bench for Stoke, while Vermaelen does not make the starting line up for Arsenal. Ramsey joins Walcott, Song, Wilshere and Arshavin in a five-man Gunners midfield. The referee is Mark Halsey.
    • 13:35 Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Pennant, Whelan, Whitehead, Delap, Walters, Jones. Subs: Sorensen, Collins, Pugh, Diao, Carew, Faye, Shotton
    • 13:30 Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Djourou, Gibbs, Walcott, Ramsey, Song, Wilshere, Arshavin, van Persie. Subs: Lehmann, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Squillaci, Eboue, Chamakh, Bendtner
    • 13:25 On-loan Stoke striker John Carew will be hoping for another run-out against Arsenal on Sunday after recovering from a back problem. Carew came on in the second half last weekend when they drew with Blackpool following a frustrating time since his short-term move from Aston Villa.
    • 13:20 Wenger insists he has respect for Stoke boss Tony Pulis and every other manager - no matter what their approach to the beautiful game. There has been little love lost between the two coaches, whose tactical approaches are at the opposite ends of the footballing spectrum. Earlier this season, Stoke went as far as writing to the Football Association to complain over Wenger's comments they employed "rugby on the goalkeepers" with reference to Ryan Shawcross' and Robert Huth. This is what Wenger has said
    • 13:15 Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal not to let their "decisive step" towards automatic Champions League qualification with victory over Manchester United count for nothing if they lose at Stoke. The Gunners head to Britannia Stadium holding a five-point cushion over FA Cup finalists Manchester City, who have a match in hand. Premier League table
    • 13:10 TEAM NEWS: On-loan Stoke striker John Carew will be hoping for a run-out after recovering from a back problem. Carew came on in the second half last weekend when they drew with Blackpool following a frustrating time since his short-term move from Aston Villa. Full-back Andy Wilkinson is expected to recover from a knock but Matthew Etherington, Ricardo Fuller and Danny Higginbotham are ruled out through injury.
    • 13:10 Centre-back Thomas Vermaelen could return for Arsenal after nine months out with an niggling Achilles problem. Full-back Gael Clichy (hamstring) and defender Johan Djourou (ankle) face fitness tests. However, captain Cesc Fabregas (thigh), Samir Nasri (hamstring) and Abou Diaby (calf) are all still out.
    • 13:05 Arsenal look to close the gap on second-placed Chelsea with a victory over Stoke City in their Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 82' GOAL!! Stoke score again! Djourou blocks a shot but he steers it right intot he path of Walters, who finishes low past Szczesny to restore Stoke's two-goal lead! Incredible!
    • 81' GOAL!! Van Persie drills a low strike underneath Begovic to get the Gunners on the scoresheet. He made that all by himself.
    • 76' Whelan hits a shot on the turn after being played down the right channel that forces a decent stop at the near post from Szczensy. Corner to Stoke.
    • 73' Van Persie is slipped in right in front of goal... he must score... SAVED BY ASMIR BEGOVIC! A great close-range save from the keeper, but Van Perise should have done better.
    • 70' Two bad tackles go flying inm, one from each side. Wilshere flies in on Pennant and Wilkinson retaliates on the Arsenal man. There is more pushing and shoving between the two teams. The referee consults his linesman, who was much closer to the incident.
    • 48' There is a bit of a melee in the box following that chance. Huth yanked Song down by the shirt after stooping in to win that header.
    • 47' Jones shields the ball at the corner flag and wins a corner off Gibbs. Great ball in from Pennant and Huth heads over the bar!
    • 43' Walters shows great drive to cut in from the left and fire a shot from a tight angle off the bar! Stoke could have been three up before the break!
    • 41' GOAL!! Pennant scores against his old club. Pennant has the ball and sees the red sea part in front of him. He goes for the strike and it loops off the outstretched leg of Johan Djourou and over Szczesny into the net!
    • 28' GOAL!! So easy for Stoke!! Pennant's inswinging cross is turned in by Jones off his thigh inside the six-yard box! Arsenal's defence yet again found wanting at set pieces.
    • 6' The home support is even more vociferous than ever today. Is that a chant of "Boring! Boring!" aimed at the visitors?! Robin van Persie is in on the right of the area but scoops his effort high and wide of the near post.
    • 13:35 Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Pennant, Whelan, Whitehead, Delap, Walters, Jones. Subs: Sorensen, Collins, Pugh, Diao, Carew, Faye, Shotton
    • 13:30 Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Djourou, Gibbs, Walcott, Ramsey, Song, Wilshere, Arshavin, van Persie. Subs: Lehmann, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Squillaci, Eboue, Chamakh, Bendtner

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

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    • Starting line-up

      • A. Begovic
      • A. Wilkinson
      • R. Shawcross
      • R. Huth Substitution Out (51′)
      • M. Wilson
      • D. Whitehead
      • G. Whelan
      • J. Pennant Goal Yellow Card Substitution Out (73′)
      • R. Delap
      • J. Walters Goal
      • K. Jones Goal Substitution Out (84′)

      Subs

      • J. Carew
      • T. Sørensen
      • S. Diao Substitution In84′
      • D. Pugh Substitution In73′
      • A. Diagne-Faye Substitution In51′
      • D. Collins
      • R. Shotton
    • Starting line-up

      • W. Szczesny
      • B. Sagna
      • J. Djourou
      • L. Koscielny
      • K. Gibbs
      • A. Song Substitution Out (80′)
      • J. Wilshere Yellow Card
      • T. Walcott
      • A. Ramsey Substitution Out (45′)
      • A. Arshavin Substitution Out (45′)
      • R. van Persie Goal

      Subs

      • J. Lehmann
      • T. Rosický Substitution In80′
      • S. Squillaci
      • M. Chamakh Substitution In45′
      • E. Eboué
      • N. Bendtner Substitution In45′ Yellow Card
      • T. Vermaelen
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