Arsenal convincingly beat Stoke 3-0 to go fifth in Premier League table

Arsenal 3 - 0 Stoke City

  • 6" Laurent Koscielny
  • 33" Alexis Sánchez
  • 49" Alexis Sánchez

Ref: Jonathan Moss
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A brace from Alexis Sanchez helped Arsenal to a comfortable 3-0 win over Stoke City this afternoon.

Arsenal had the chance to leapfrog rivals Tottenham after they lost to Crystal Palace on Saturday evening, and were faced with a game against Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium.

The Potters beat Arsenal 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium back in December, with the Gunners managing to leak three goals in the first half.

Today was a different story though, with Arsenal comfortable sweeping aside Stoke in a convincing display in North London.

Inside five minutes, Arsenal got their noses in front, as centre back Laurent Koscielny headed home Alexis Sanchez's cross from close range.

Sanchez was superb throughout, and made it 2-0 on 33 minutes after robbing the ball from Steven N'Zonzi before driving into the box and beating Asmir Begovic at his near post.

Stoke never truly threatened David Ospina in the Arsenal goal, and were 3-0 down just four minutes after half time - in bizarre fashion.

Sanchez's free kick was pushed onto the post by Begovic, but the ball cannoned back onto Begovic's hands and over the line to wrap the game up.

The return of Mesut Ozil was a boost to the Gunners, who move up into fifth place, level on points with Southampton before the Saints kicked off against Manchester United this afternoon.

Statistics

Arsenal

Stoke City

Possession

53.8%
46.2%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Arsenal

  • David Ospina
  • Mathieu Debuchy
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Alexis Sánchez
  • Francis Coquelin
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Santiago Cazorla
  • Olivier Giroud

Substitutes

  • Mesut Özil
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Héctor Bellerín
  • Joel Campbell
  • Mathieu Flamini
  • Theo Walcott

Stoke City

  • Asmir Begovic
  • Philipp Wollscheid
  • Ryan Shawcross
  • Erik Pieters
  • Geoff Cameron
  • Marko Arnautovic
  • Jonathan Walters
  • Steven N'Zonzi
  • Glenn Whelan
  • Bojan
  • Peter Crouch

Substitutes

  • Charlie Adam
  • Steve Sidwell
  • Victor Moses
  • Stephen Ireland
  • Marc Muniesa
  • Jack Butland
  • Marc Wilson

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