PREMIER LEAGUE: Arsenal move to within a point of leaders Man Utd

Arsenal squeezed past Stoke 1-0 at the Emirates but it came at a cost with both Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott going off injured as the Gunners close in on the summit of the Premiership.

Arsenal squeezed past Stoke 1-0 at the Emirates but it came at a cost with both Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott going off injured as the Gunners close in on the summit of the Premiership.

Arsenal are now unbeaten in ten league games whilst Stoke have yet to win away in 2011 but the visitor’s after a quiet first half made it a nervy second period for the Gunners as they clung on to their one goal advantage.

The one goal that mattered came after only 8 minutes from the unlikely source of Sebastien Squillaci who headed home Nicklas Bendtner’s dinked cross.

Stoke offered little in that first 45 minutes but pressed Arsenal after the break but failed to get the breakthrough. Gunners keeper Wojciech Szczesny denied John Carew and Robert Huth headed over the bar.

But even five minutes of added time, which had the Gunners faithful anxiously blowing the referees whistle, was not enough for the Potters to grab a battling point.

Manchester United still have a game in hand on Arsenal but for boss Arsene Wenger he will be waiting anxiously for the reports on his injured pair of Fabregas and Walcott particularly with the Carling Cup final on Sunday.

Referee: Peter Walton

Venue: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 60,041

Arsenal scorers: Squillaci 8
Stoke scorers:

ARSENAL
53 Szczesny
03 Sagna
18 Squillaci
20 Djourou
22 Clichy (yellow card)
04 Fabregas (Arshavin 14)
08 Nasri
14 Walcott (Denilson 71)
17 A Song
19 Wilshere
52 Bendtner (Chamakh 80)

Substitutes
01 Almunia,
27 Eboue,
28 Gibbs,
07 Rosicky,
15 Denilson,
23 Arshavin,
29 Chamakh

STOKE
01 Begovic
04 Huth
17 Shawcross
06 Whelan
12 Wilson (yellow card)(Wilkinson 87)
14 Pugh
16 Pennant
18 Whitehead
24 Delap
19 Walters (yellow card) (Fuller 78)
22 Carew

Substitutes
29 Sorensen,
03 Higginbotham,
05 Collins,
28 Wilkinson,
15 Diao,
09 Jones,
10 Fuller

 
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