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PREMIER LEAGUE: Arsenal again humbled at Stoke

Stoke made the most of their chances to make it five home wins out of six against Arsenal following a 3-1 success at the Britannia Stadium. For Arsenal their hopes of a runners-up finish in the Premier League took a dice as again their defensive frailties were exposed for despite dominating the game they allowed their opponents to come out on top.

For Stoke it was the perfect result ahead of an FA Cup final appearance this weekend and a deserved three points.

The Potters led 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from Kenwyne Jones following a free kick from former Gunner Jermaine Pennant.

Pennant then turned goalscorer just before half-time when he finished off a driving run by enjoying some good fortune as his 20 yard effort deflected off Johan Djourou and past keeper Wojciech Szczesny.

The Gunners continued to press in the second period and were rewarded in the 81st minute as Robin van Persie drove home.

But any hopes of a point were immediately dashed as a terrible clearance from Djourou went straight to Jonathan Walters who restored Stoke's two goal advantage.

Referee: Mark Halsey

Venue: Britannia Stadium Attendance: 27,478

Stoke scorers: Jones 28, Pennant 40, Walters 82 Arsenal scorers: van Persie, 81

STOKE 01 Begovic 04 Huth (Faye 51) 17 Shawcross 28 Wilkinson 06 Whelan 12 Wilson 16 Pennant (yellow card) (Pugh 72) 18 Whitehead 24 Delap 09 Jones (Diao 84) 19 Walters

Substitutes 29 Sorensen, 05 Collins, 25 Faye, 30 Shotton, 14 Pugh, 15 Diao, 22 Carew

ARSENAL 53 Szczesny 03 Sagna 06 Koscielny 20 Djourou 28 Gibbs 14 Walcott 16 Ramsey (Chamakh 46) 17 A Song (Rosicky 80) 19 Wilshere (yellow card) 23 Arshavin (Bendtner 46 (yellow card) 10 Van Persie

Substitutes 13 Lehmann, 05 Vermaelen, 18 Squillaci, 27 Eboue, 07 Rosicky, 29 Chamakh, 52 Bendtner

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