Arsenal win 3-0 to leave Stoke stuck in drop zone

Arsene Wenger

Lacazette then wrapped things up a minute from time with the Gunners' second spot-kick, scoring for the first time in the Premier League since early December and ensuring Stoke remain three points adrift of safety.

"With my experience I can anticipate that we don't go for the championship or for the top four, we are in front of a big game [Chelsea v Tottenham], it's Sunday afternoon on Easter".

Arsenal's clash against Stoke City was one of the most bipolar matches of the season - from 75 minutes without goal, to the match ending with the scoreline of 3-0 at full-time. It was to prove a shallow oasis in a desert of barren first-half mediocrity however as Arsenal continued to waste possession. With the Potters desperately needing three points in their battle against relegation, they succumbed to a 3-0 loss at the Emirates.

After a dreary hour and a quarter of play punctuated by occasional booing from the home crowd, Mesut Ozil won a penalty when he raced into the box only to be brought down by Stoke's Bruno Martins Indi.

Lacazette, who was making his first Premier League appearance since Arsenal were beaten in February's North London derby with Tottenham, came on as a 61st-minute substitute and left the Emirates Stadium pitch a happy man as he followed up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's brace.

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"It was a game of two halves for us".

Manchester City are reportedly ready to overtake Arsenal in the hunt to sign Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu this summer, and manager Pep Guardiola is said to be a big admirer.

Alexandre Lacazette back for ArsenalAlexandre Lacazette suffered a minor setback that kept him out for about a month but the striker came back with a superb display yesterday. It's Arsenal's only route back to the Champions League. It's good for his confidence'. "I'm 100 percent confident we will stay up", he said. "Maybe I wanted to play in that moment and to shoot the ball".

The ineffective Danny Welbeck was withdrawn soon after for Lacazette, returning after six weeks out with a knee problem, but Stoke were the next to go close - Shaqiri's in-swinging corner causing havoc and coming back off the far post.

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