Stoke City emerged victorious from a five-goal thriller at the Britannia stadium, with Mark Hughes’ side getting the job done in the first-half, reports BBC
Stoke striker Peter Crouch scored inside of a minute, with the England international tapping in from close range after being set-up by Steven N’Zonzi.
Things went from bad to worse for the Gunners, with City scoring their second in the first-half. Bojan Krkic guided a cross from Jonathan Walters to double the Potters’ lead.
And on the stroke of half-time, Walters turned goalscorer, volleying into the roof of the net from close range.
After the break, Stoke thought they’d scored a fourth goal, but Bojan’s solo effort was ruled out for interference from Mame Diouf, who was in an offside position.
Arsenal were awarded a penalty later on for a foul on Mathieu Flamini. Santi Cazorla converted the spot-kick to threaten a comeback. Aaron Ramsey volleyed home an effort straight from a corner to set up a rousing finale, but Stoke held on for all three points.
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