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Summary

  1. Sanchez adds third from free-kick
  2. Stunning Sanchez goal doubles Gunners lead
  3. Koscielny heads in from Sanchez cross
  4. Ozil comes on after three months out
  5. Debuchy suffers serious injury early on

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Time for me to sign off so I'll leave you with

the full report from Arsenal's comfortable win at home to Stoke, and watch out for reaction from both managers on the site later. Bye!

Ok we are just about done with our coverage of Arsenal's win against Stoke, my colleague Neil Johnston is all over Manchester United v Southampton so I suggest you head on over and join him

in our separate dedicated live coverage.

Match of the Day 2

Match of the Day

It is definitely worth watching

Match of the Day 2 this evening for Alexis Sanchez's first goal alone.

Mark Chapman presents highlights of Manchester United v Southampton and Arsenal v Stoke with analysis from Kevin Kilbane and Joey Barton.

Tune in from 22:30 on BBC One and from 23:15 on BBC One Scotland.

Manager reaction

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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes speaking to Match of the Day: "We got off to a poor start and fell behind early. Our confidence waned from then on and we were a little bit slower in our work and our concentration. We needed to stay in the game as long as we could really.

"We never got to grips in wide areas really to deal with the talent Arsenal have coming forward. We were well-beaten on the day and we can have no complaints."

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Conor D: Francis Coquelin has been fantastic yet again. Allow players like Rosicky and Cazorla the freedom in midfield they deserve.

Manager reaction

Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, speaking to Match of the Day: "Collectively, you're happy when you score a few goals. We had a strong start and we knew that was vital today.

"Hopefully now a few players are back from injury, we can keep our run going. We had players in contention to start today, but we lost another defender [Debuchy] and I'm not sure for how long.

"Alexis Sanchez is one of the best players. He's a fighter with a combination of talent and fighting spirit which is very difficult to find. He plays with passion and you want people to enjoy what they're doing on the pitch and show it as well."

Dislocated shoulder for Debuchy

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While Mesut Ozil made his return from injury there is some bad news for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger confirms Mathieu Debuchy has a dislocated shoulder.

"He has to see a specialist then we see where we go from there. A dislocated shoulder can take a while," says the Arsenal boss.

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Ibrahim Abdulahi: It's taking a long while but Arsenal look like they are finding real form at the minute, very important clean sheet too.

Daniel David: Looks like after an early blip, Arsenal will claim another fourth place trophy, once again proving the doubters wrong/right.

Player reaction

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, speaking to Sky Sports: "We knew we had to start well. We did well in the first half and saw the game out well too. It lifts us to have players coming back from injury. The fans are happy to see them back and I'm sure they have a massive role to play in the run-in. Alexis is amazing and he shows it week in week out and that's what's the most important thing."

Laurent Koscielny: "We remember the game at Stoke and we were focused because they scored after 20 seconds in that game. It was important because we lost our last game and lost at Stoke."

Totti takes a selfie

Francesco Totti
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Right, I made my feelings about "selfies" pretty clear way back at 13:17 GMT but I'll make an exception for this one. The evergreen Francesco Totti scoring his equaliser for

Roma against Lazio with the above. What a man.

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Tom in Cambridge: Sanchez is surrounded by weaker players, whereas Hazard is playing alongside the best. It's often hard for Hazard's efforts to stand out, even though he's involved in almost every goal. Sanchez, on the other hand, is given overwhelming plaudits for every positive piece of play he produces within an incompetent side.

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Surely Alexis Sanchez is the best player in his position in the Premier League? That's 12 goals and seven assists in the league this season, more than any other top-flight player.

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BBC Radio

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Former Stoke captain Andy Griffin on BBC Radio Stoke: "The third goal killed the game. At 2-0 we were harping on about the next goal being important and it went Arsenal's way. From then on, it was game over."

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That will probably be one of the easier wins Arsenal will have this season against a Stoke side that have been known to give them a bit of bother in recent years.

A great Alexis Sanchez performance and the return of Mesut Ozil, all-in-all things are looking pretty good for the Gunners at the moment.

FULL-TIME

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Guy Mowbray

BBC Match of the Day commentator at Emirates Stadium

"Today has been another super Sanchez show. Stoke have been far from their best but it has been a glorious Gunners day. One of those days where you watch and wonder why Arsenal are not title challengers."

Alexis Sanchez celebrates for Arsenal
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Yao Kuasi: If Arsenal don't get in the top 4, Sanchez will leave, Ozil will leave and maybe even a few others. Arsenal need to start a run.

Andrew Soar: Alexis will rightly get the plaudits but Coquelin has been brilliant in the holding role.

Jay: Just wonder whether those Arsenal 'fans' who abused Wenger after the Stoke defeat are brave enough to apologize as fervently?

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David Ospina has a rare bit of work to do as he gets down to clutch a Stephen Ireland effort from 10 yards. Two minutes of time added on.

Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

This game is strolling towards its inevitable conclusion with play largely being contested in the middle of the pitch. Arsenal fans can take added pleasure in the fact they will move above rivals Tottenham with this win after Spurs lost yesterday.

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Tim Purcell: Hope the stoke players are taking in a show while down in London otherwise a complete waste of a journey

Abdul Said: Being Arsenal's Manager is a headache, so many average players who play in the same position ,you don't know who to select

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Stoke players are pretty much going through the motions as full-time approaches, thoughts already switched to next week's game against Leicester. They've been well beaten today by an impressive Arsenal, who are still pressing for a fourth as Nacho Monreal's low cross is scrambled away with Alexis Sanchez lurking.

GOAL

Blackburn 0-1 Wolves - Edwards (48 mins)

Wolves take the lead at Ewood Park, as Dave Edwards seizes on a touch from Nouha Dicko to cut inside and crack a clinical low shot into the bottom corner.

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BBC Radio

Former Stoke captain Andy Griffin on BBC Radio Stoke: "It's comfortable for Arsenal who can see out the game and play a little bit of keep-ball."

Team news

Man Utd v Southampton (16:00 GMT)

Old Trafford pre-match
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Manchester United and Southampton both make three changes to their starting line-ups from their last Premier League outing.

The Reds bring in Daley Blind, Angel Di Maria and Antonio Valencia in place of Jonny Evans, Radamel Falcao and Ashley Young. Victor Valdes is on the bench.

For the Saints, Nathaniel Clyne and Morgan Schneiderlin join debutant Eljero Elia in the starting line-up at the expense of Sadio Mane, Dusan Tadic and Florin Gardos.

Man Utd: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Shaw, Carrick, Di Maria, Blind, Mata, Rooney, van Persie. Subs: Evans, Ander Herrera, Fellaini, Valdes, McNair, Blackett, Wilson.

Southampton: Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Steven Davis, Ward-Prowse, Elia, Pelle. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Gardos, Long, Tadic, Isgrove, Reed, Targett.

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Paul in Newcastle: Sanchez is better purely because of his commitment. Hazard sometimes look like he isn't bothered too much.

Luke in Portsmouth: Arsenal look unplayable. They often do. Problem is, it's not consistent. The day it does become consistent, is the day they have another Invincible season.

Mich in Leeds: How can home advantage make so much difference to teams? Stoke tore Arsenal apart at the Britannia a few weeks back but have been totally shambolic this afternoon.

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Alexis Sanchez has moved to a more central position, with Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott either side and the latter should have Arsenal's fourth when he has clear sight of goal after a swift break, but scuffs wide.

DISALLOWED GOAL

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Goa...oh no. Stoke think they have clawed one back as Geoff Cameron volleys in, but does so from an offside position. Ironic cheers from the home fans and to make matters worse an announcement at the stadium informs Stoke fans that there is trouble with trains back to Staffordshire, "3-0 and you can't get home" chant the home fans. Harsh.

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Abu Ali: Sanchez, Walcott and Ozil all on at the same time! Only took 6 months!!

Jay: There seems to be absolutely no purpose in Stoke's play - Arsenal have been that good!

SUBSTITUTION

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Bojan has not been able to influence this game as much as Stoke would have liked and Mark Hughes makes his final change, replacing the former Barcelona man with Stephen Ireland.

Arsenal also make a change as Mesut Ozil returns after three months out with injury, coming on for Olivier Giroud and his first touch is met with huge applause from the home fans.

HALF-TIME

Blackburn 0-0 Wolves

No score at Ewood in a match of very few chances. The hosts are having most of the ball and the better of the play but are yet to create and finish the chance which will reward their good build-up.

SUBSTITUTION

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Theo Walcott comes on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a great game but Arsene Wenger decides his afternoon is done and he is replaced by Theo Walcott for the final 20 minutes.

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BBC Radio

Former Stoke captain Andy Griffin on BBC Radio Stoke: "Stoke have played themselves into trouble a couple of times. They don't need to be too intricate - they should just play a diagonal ball onto Peter Crouch's chest."

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Just as I type there is little flow to Arsenal's attack, they go and produce a fine attacking move as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain puts Santi Cazorla through but his shot from a tight angle lands on the roof of the net. Arsenal are going for a fourth.

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There is not quite the same flow to Arsenal's attacks in this half like there was in the first but pretty much every time they do get forward it is through Alexis Sanchez on the left. They can't handle him and he charges at the defence again before feeding the ball to Olivier Giroud, but his shot is deflected behind for a corner.

YELLOW CARD

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And another booking for Stoke, this time Peter Crouch is shown a yellow card after sliding in on Francis Coquelin. All getting a bit scrappy now.

YELLOW CARD

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Geoff Cameron is having a torrid afternoon trying to deal with Alexis Sanchez and frustration gets the better of him as he picks up a yellow card for pulling the Chilean's shirt.

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Nathan Daniels: Am i the only one wondering which one footyographer thinks is a class above (see 51 mins) - #alligatoralltheway

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Aidy Muttram: Anybody else notice Sanchez move the ball back a yard to give himself a better chance of scoring/getting more bend?

Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

Finally an effort on goal from Stoke as they win a free-kick 25 yards out, but Marko Arnautovic sends it well wide. A very comfortable league debut for David Ospina. He has had next to nothing to do in the Arsenal goal.

Arsenal keeper David Ospina
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BBC Radio

Former Stoke captain Andy Griffin on BBC Radio Stoke: "It could be a long second half for Stoke because every time Arsenal get the ball they look dangerous."

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Mark Hughes looks on
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Stoke have the look of a beaten side now as they look on course for yet another trip to Arsenal with nothing to show. Mark Hughes sits back in his chair, arms folded and scowling. His side have yet to offer any attacking threat in this half.