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DREAM TEAM POINTS: Stoke 1 Arsenal 4

Arsenal maintained their hopes of a top four finish with a thumping win over Stoke

That’s one way of getting the monkey off your back.

Arsenal hadn’t won at Stoke for six years, but blew that unwanted record away with an emphatic win that kept their top-four hopes very much alive.

Two goals from Olivier Giroud and one each from Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez helped the Gunners to a 4-1 win in the Potteries that reduced the gap to fourth-placed Liverpool to just a single point.

There was delight for the Arsenal players after the win

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There was delight for the Arsenal players after the win

Stoke in truth had the flip-flops, deck chairs and pina coladas out in force at the bet365 Stadium, allowing their visitors to almost toy with them at times.

Peter Crouch briefly halved the deficit – and in controversial fashion – when he appeared to handle the ball into the net.

Peter Crouch handles the ball when going for a header

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Peter Crouch handles the ball when going for a header

The ball finds its way past Petr Cech to make it 2-1

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The ball finds its way past Petr Cech to make it 2-1

Despite the setback Arsenal rallied and in the end won convincingly, inspired by a masterclass from talisman Sanchez.

Over to you, Liverpool…

DREAM TEAM POINTS (COURTESY OF WHOSCORED’S RATINGS):

Stoke: Butland -3, Johnson -3, Shawcross -3, Martins Indi -3, Pieters -3, Whelan 0, Allen 0, Cameron -3, Shaqiri 0, Arnautovic 5, Diouf 0

Subs: Berahino 0, Crouch 4, Sobhi 0

Booked: Crouch

Arsenal: Cech 0, Bellerin 7, Holding 2, Koscielny 0, Mustafi 2, Monreal 3, Coquelin 0, Xhaka 3, Ozil 8, Sanchez 15, Giroud 13

Subs: Ramsey 5, Welbeck 0, Walcott 0

Booked: Mustafi, Holding

STAR MAN: ALEXIS SANCHEZ

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