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Summary

  1. Arsenal return to top of table
  2. Stoke stay in seventh place
  3. Man Utd beat Liverpool 1-0
  4. Swansea to name Francesco Guidolin as head coach

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By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

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So, Arsenal are back on top of the Premier League despite failing to win at the Britannia Stadium again. At least Arsene Wenger's side did better on Stoke's home patch than Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. 

Goodbye.

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Wenger on the Ramsey chanting: "Maybe when they go home and watch it on TV they are less proud."

Butland on England

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Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland: "It is a target for me [playing for England]. I am a long way from that in experience. For me, it is my first Premier League season so I want to play as well as I can and try to get myself in there."

'Cech outstanding'

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, speaking to BBC Sport: “Maybe we had a better opportunities to score, they played very well, very physical and were very direct, which is an unusual style for them.

"We needed to be strong physically and had a great spirit, we fought very hard but couldn't take our chances. It is a hard fought 0-0. We have done better than years before at this ground and showed we can fight even when we miss certain players.

"Petr Cech was outstanding, we needed a player like him in the air when Stoke played that kind of game."

Arsenal stats

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Arsenal might be going for the title but they have now won just one of their last six Premier League away games - a record they are going to have to address if they are to be celebrating in May.

Here's some more Gunners stats following the game:

It’s the first time since November 2012 v Aston Villa that Arsenal have drawn 0-0 away from home in the Premier League.

Arsenal have kept three successive league clean sheets against the Potters for the first time since December 1972.

Only against Chelsea (two in September 2015) have Arsenal registered fewer shots on target in a Premier League match this term than they did v Stoke (three).

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Benhard Naweseb: A point at Stoke, not risking Sanchez with Chelsea to come, it's not a bad day for Arsene Wenger. 

Butland on Cech

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Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland: "His [Petr Cech's] record speaks for itself. First half he had no saves to make but when we turned up the pressure he made the saves. That is the sign of a top keeper."

'Another point gained'

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Another point gained from a tough & intense match. Thank you to all the fans for the great & constant support. #SCFC

Another point gained from a tough & intense match. Thank you to all the fans for the great & constant support. #SCFC

Who's next?

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Arsenal have a week to recover before entertaining Petr Cech's former club Chelsea next Sunday (16:00 GMT). Stoke's next game is away to second-placed Leicester City next Saturday (15:00 GMT).

'The result shows progress'

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Stoke manager Mark Hughes, talking to BBC Sport: "It was a game between evenly matched sides. Both teams approached the game in the right manner and created chances. All-in-all we're pleased. It shows our progress. Teams have found it difficult to get points here. 

"We are showing everyone we have belief in our ability. There was a period where Arsenal had some play around the box without creating too much. It was a similar story at the other end.

"It was a competitive game. At times, there were good opportunities to put the ball in the box and so the only criticism I would have is that we were reluctant to do that."

BreakingSwansea to appoint Guidolin

Rob Phillips

BBC Wales Football Correspondent

Breaking news from the Premier League with Swansea City set to appoint former Udinese manager Francesco Guidolin as their new head coach.

The Italian will work alongside Alan Curtis until the end of the season.

Full story here.

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Charles Kahanji: Playing for a point, Wenger brings on a defender. Shows you the respect he has for Stoke.

lfcway: Cech earned Arsenal the point. Without him they would have lost.

'We will take a point'

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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech: "I thought Stoke did very well. We did well in the first half and had a chance to go 1-0 up but Jack [Butland] made a good save. Second half the momentum shifted and they had chances. We could have won and could have lost. We will take the point. 

"We were coming here and heard from everyone we would lose again. But we showed we can compete. We are in a position we wanted to be."

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Jack Butland has made more saves this season in the Premier League - 81 - than any other goalkeeper.

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Belete Eshetea: A very good point against a very good Stoke team. 

Ben Ashton: Could have played that game for another six hours and Arsenal wouldn't have scored. Drab. At least we're still top I suppose.

Soorya Thavaraj: A solid performance from the Gunners. We go top and can build on a clean sheet against Chelsea. Missed Mesut Ozil.

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One point separates top three

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Super Sunday? One goal in two games featuring Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Stoke.

But just look at the top of the Premier League table. One points separates Arsenal, Leicester City and Manchester City with 16 games remaining.

'Arsenal missed Ozil'

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Robbie Savage

Former Leicester midfielder on Radio 5 live

"A game of limited chances and Arsenal missed Ozil.

"Two good goalkeeping displays from Cech and Butland. On a cold day the draw was the correct result."

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The television cameras are following Petr Cech off the pitch. The Arsenal keeper made some vital saves in the second half yet Jack Butland also shone at the other end for Stoke.

FULL-TIME - Stoke 0-0 Arsenal

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Robbie Savage

Former Leicester midfielder on Radio 5 live

"Just goes to show the importance of Mesut Ozil for Arsenal, he is the person to pick that pass. On the balance of play a draw will be fair."

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is replaced by Calum Chambers. Arsenal look like they are settling for a point.

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Three additional minutes.

CLOSE!

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So close for Stoke. Joselu has a good bound effort cleared by Petr Cech's outstretched leg after Aaron Ramsey had headed off the line.

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Double change by Stoke. 

Charlie Adam and Marco Van Ginkel are on for the closing stages with Marko Arnautovic, who hasn't been his best, and Ibrahim Afellay making way.

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Robbie Savage

Former Leicester midfielder on Radio 5 live at the Britannia Stadium

"Both teams have gone long in the last few minutes, trying to find that killer pass, that long straight diagonal ball."

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Five minutes of normal time remaining. Joel Campbell is free inside the Stoke area but lifts another chance over the bar while trying to find the top corner.

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I_dude: Ramsey playing too deep. Bring on elneny for ox. But push ramsey further forward.

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Arsenal are bossing possession but they can't find an opening. Clever one-touch stuff from Giroud but Aaron Ramsey loses possession just outside the area. Giroud flings his arms in the air. Frustration is creeping in.

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Arsene Wenger does not look happy. He wants three points. His side have 10 minutes to find a goal.

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Joel Campbell wins Arsenal a free-kick about 40 yards from Stoke's goal. It's floated into the danger area but gathered safely by Jack Butland, who sends Marko Arnautovic clear at the other end with a quick clearance, only for Petr Cech to come to his side's rescue.

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Fifteen minutes remaining. The tackles are flying, it's end to end action. Two fully committed teams going for it. 

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Ryan Nicholl: All Arsenal needed all these years was a quality GK of Cech's class.

Ian Funnell: Would love to nick 3pts but a point wouldnt be too bad a result given who we are missing today.

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Big moment for young forward Alex Iwobi who comes on for Theo Walcott with just over 15 minutes remaining. Arsenal need a goal. Can Iwobi put his name up in lights?

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One point will be enough for Arsenal to go back to the top of the Premier League. But they want all three. Here comes an attacking change.

Cech's brilliant double save

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How important could this double save from Petr Cech be for Arsenal? The keeper palmed away Joselu's shot before getting up quickly to block the follow-up from Bojan.

Cech has kept nine clean sheets against Stoke in his Premier League career (for Chelsea and now Arsenal). Only against two teams has he kept more (Newcastle 12, Blackburn 10).

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Stoke are piling on the pressure. They are bombarding Arsenal's area with Marko Arnautovic and Jonathan Walters the targets. Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker are standing up to everything being thrown at them.

CLOSE!

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Another save by Petr Cech as he just about scrambles Joselu's effort from the edge of the area away. This game is too close to call but I reckon one goal will be enough now.

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Stoke make their first chance. Mark Hughes clearly feels his side can nick this as he introduces striker Mame Biram Diouf for Bojan.

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A vital headed clearance from Nacho Monreal who concedes a corner with Jon Walters breathing down his neck at the far post.