WTTGT Reporter: Tashan Deniran-Alleyne
ARSENAL 3-1 STOKE CITY
Arsenal continued their recent good form with their third win in a week which has seen them rise to seventh in the league, with a 3-1 win over stoke city at the Emirates Stadium, thanks again to Robin van Persie.
The major talking point from Arsenal’s team was the inclusion of Marouane Chamakh ahead of the in-form captain.
The first chance of the game fell to the Moroccan striker but his free header failed to test Amir Begovic.
Aaron Ramsey then saw his shot from the edge of the box go just wide as the hosts searched for the opener.
They did not have to wait too long for the goal as Gervinho latched onto a through pass from Ramsey and calmly slotted past Begovic to put the gunners 1-0 up.
The goal seemed to liven up the game and it was 1-1 seven minutes later as Peter Crouch poked home following a well worked free-kick from the visitors.
Chamakh failed to connect with a Mikel Arteta cross as the half ended all square.
The second half started with Arsenal forcing a succession of corners, but all deliveries were poor and failed to test the Stoke defence.
With Arsenal struggling to create any clear cut chances, the game was calling out for a certain Dutchman, and the crowd got what they wanted as van Persie replaced Chamakh with just over 20 minutes to go.
His introduction breathed new life into the team and it didn’t take long for him to get on the score sheet, tucking away Gervinho’s cut back after brilliant work from the Ivorian down the right.
It was the same combination down the left that gave Arsenal their third and van Persie his second, to seal all three points for the gunners.
A hard fought win for Arsenal, but with their fifth win in six, they are creeping up the table, and Robin van Persie continues to show why he’s world class.
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