Arsenal 2 Stoke City 0

Perhaps Stoke City was just the opponent that Arsenal needed to get back on track after 3 losses that significantly damaged any hopes of them being in the winner’s circle. Andrey Arshavin missed a one-on-one chance, Samir Nasri was denied and Cesc Fabregas had a penalty saved as Thomas Sorensen kept Arsenal out early on.

Russian star Andryi Arshavin poked in a shot to open the scoring, before Armand Traore’s cross hit the bar and post, and Fabregas’s goal-bound shot hit Emmanuel Eboue. Arshavin collected a return pass from Fabregas, dug the ball out from under his feet and slotted a low shot into the bottom corner. Arsenal sealed the victory when substitute Aaron Ramsey rifled home from the edge of the box.

The result will be a welcome relief for Arsene Wenger, who has endured a difficult week, and it will help the Frenchman fondly remember his 500th Premier League game in charge of the Gunners.

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