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  • Stoke 3-1 Arsenal: Pennant, Van Persie, Walters great-strike

    Arsenal's 1-3 defeat of Stoke City at Britannia Stadium on Sunday (08/05/2011) . This defeat was make a chance the Gunners to win virtually closed.

    As a result of this defeat, Arsenal remain in the top three with a value of 67, behind six points from Manchester United who are still sitting on top of the standings. If United beat Chelsea's success, then the difference will be nine points, and with two games remaining, Arsenal had gone a practical opportunity.

    Stoke started the match well, although Arsenal became the first team has a chance. in the sixth minute, Robin van Persie kick off kick from the right side. However, his shot wide on the thin side of the goal.

    Less than half an hour the game went, precisely in the 28th minute, Stoke finally get the advantage. Jermaine Pennant's cross was met immediately by Kenwyne Jones in the penalty box. Goalkeeper Wojciech Sczezsny give way, Arsenal's defense looked vulnerable.

    Before the first round is completed, in minute 40, Stoke zoom position to be 2-0. Pennant's turn this time that the miners his goal. He let go of the right leg kick after seeing no chance. The ball was on foot Johan Djorou and finally re-lodged in the netting Sczezsny.

    Two minutes before the first round was over, Jonathan Walters kick off from a narrow angle. Unfortunately for Walters, his opportunity to score denied by the goalposts! Arsenal survived from being broken.

    Two bad tackles go flying in, 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.

    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.

    In the second half, Arsenal had time to give hope to the supporters Van Persie fired a shot from outside the penalty box and break into the Asmir Begovic nets at minute 81. Scores changed to 2-1.

    However, a minute later Walters brought Stoke away again, this time changing the score to 3-1. Arsenal had to swallow defeat.

    Team Line-up:

    Stoke City: Asmir Begovic, Robert Huth (Abdoulaye Faye 51), Ryan Shawcross, Marc Wilson, Andy Wilkinson, Dean Whitehead, Glenn Whelan, Rory Delapn, Jermaine Pennant (Danny Pugh 72), Kenwyne Jones (Salif Diao 84), Jonathan Walters

    Arsenal: Wojciech Szczesny; Laurent Koscielny, Johan Djourou, Kieran Gibbs, Bacary Sagna, Alex Song (Tomas Rosicky 80), Jack Wilshere, Andrei Arshavin (Nicklas Bendtner 46), Theo Walcott, Robin van Persie, Aaron Ramsey (Marouane Chamakh 46)

    Referee: Mark Halsey


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