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Summary

  1. Listen on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra or by using play button
  2. Giroud scores twice from close range, assists by Bellerin and Ramsey
  3. Sanchez, carrying an injury, cuts through and slots in the third
  4. Crouch heads in to give Stoke a lifeline
  5. Ozil rounds off stunning one-two with Sanchez

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By Caroline Chapman

All times stated are UK

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Here's how Match of the Day is going to go tonight:

  • West Brom v Chelsea
  • Sunderland v Swansea
  • Manchester City v Leicester 
  • Stoke v Arsenal
  • Bournemouth v Burnley
  • Middlesbrough v Southampton
  • Everton v Watford. 

Join us from 22:10 BST on BBC Two for all the Premier League highlights from Friday and Saturday's games.  

But for now, from this page, it's goodnight! 

'In the summer we will assess things'

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

Stoke boss Mark Hughes speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "First half we didn't get as close as we wanted. I didn't think Arsenal created anything of real note. We tried to break off changes in play but it didn't really work. Conceding a second was a blow so we needed to change. As soon as we changed our game plan it worked and it felt like Arsenal were rocking. We had to chase to the game and we've been picked off going the opposite way. It's a disappointment. Five minutes isn't enough. We needed to ask more questions. 

"We're disappointed as it's always our aim [to finish in the top half of the table]. This is the first time we've missed out. We go against Southampton next week to get points on the board. In the summer we will assess things and maybe change things around."

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

Arsenal

Arsenal centre-back Rob Holding, speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "We've just got to keep winnng and hope Liverpool drop points.

"I didn't play much in the middle of the season but was what I expected coming to this club.

"I just kept working hard and managed to get a place in the team.

"They put a lot of pressure on us with the corners but we gritted our teeth and got them on the counter-attack.

"I was supposed to be blocking the cross so I didn't see if the ball went in off Peter Crouch's hand.

"It's been a voodoo ground for the lads in the last few years so it's good to come here and silence their fans with a win."

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'We stood up'

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

Arsenal

Arsenal centre-back Rob Holding, speaking to Sky Sports: "Their fans got a bit louder after that goal, they had seven straight corners at one point but we stood up and got some goals on the counter attack.

"I didn't see Peter Crouch's goal go in but saw some people waving their hands about. It went in but we won so it doesn't matter now.

"I've enjoyed getting on the ball more and playing in a three with a bit more safety.

"I had my West Ham scarf on when they played Tottenham so I'm sure I'll have it on tomorrow."

Match of the Day running order

Here's Gary Lineker with how tonight's show is going to pan out.

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Wenger talks 'hand-goals'

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, talking to BBC Match of the Day: "We had a difficult week but we've won convincingly so the focus is there, the fighting spirit is there and we're pleased to win.

"I believe when the team plays well we have the right individual talent to win.

"When they scored the 'hand-goal' they came back but when you go to places like Stoke yoy need at some stage to suffer and stick together and that's what we did.

"When we went 3-1 up that was game over.

"The physios told me Alexis Sanchez wanted to come off, I don't know what it was, but he's a fighter and found the resources to score an excellent goal after.

"We just have to win our games."

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

That was Stoke's last home game of the season, so the players are doing a lap of appreciation to the fans - complete with kids. Cute.

Marko Arnautovic has to do the lap with his arm in a sling, after that clash with Rob Holding.

Stoke remain 13th in the table after today's defeat. They could yet finish 11th next weekend, if they win away at Southampton. 

'West Ham have all my support against Liverpool'

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

Arsenal

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, speaking to Sky Sports: "We were efficient up front and defensively were compact and defended well from the front.

"It's a great win and we've got two more finals to come.

"The most difficult thing against a team like Stoke is scoring the first goal and after that we had to be efficient.

"West Ham have all my support against Liverpool. We have to do the job first and see what happens, we'll keep fighting until the end."

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Emmanuel: If Arsenal have been playing 3 at the back from beginning of the season I imagine where they will be on the league table now.

Liam O'Connor: YES! @Arsenal. We are going to be the 4th best team in England again!!.......D'OH

Aaron Morris: Very impressive performance - Sanchez was excellent, Rob Holding is the real deal.

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

Steve Harper

Former Newcastle keeper on BBC Radio 5live sports extra

Arsenal deserved to win from the start - they were quick and had intent.

Only the introduction of Peter Crouch and Saido Berahino suited Stoke, who were poor for an hour.

They were briefly back in the game but they then got picked off on the counter-attack.

An excellent win from a confident Arsenal.

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

So that result leaves Arsenal one point outside the top four in the Premier League.

Liverpool currently occupy fourth spot and play West Ham on Sunday. 

Interestingly, Liverpool and Arsenal are level on goal difference. Imagine if  Champions League qualification went down to that...

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

We started the game with another 'Wenger Out' banner flying over. 

We finish the game with a standing ovation for the Arsenal manager from the travelling fans.

It must be weird being a Gunners fan. 

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

Steve Harper

Former Newcastle keeper on BBC Radio 5live sports extra

This was the trickiest fixture of the three that Arsenal had remaining. Liverpool will be nervous.

They're now on parity on goal difference now too so it puts even more pressure on Liverpool to beat West Ham.

FULL-TIME

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

Arsenal claim their first win at Stoke in seven years. 

The race for the top four is on!

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

Ian Brown

BBC football commentator at bet365 Stadium

Have Arsenal left this run of wins too late? Their fate is not in their hands, but this is five wins in their last six.

The one blip was that defeat by Tottenham, of course.

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

Arsenal play about in midfield. Danny Welbeck to Francis Coquelin to Granit Xhaka...but the latter puts the ball out of play.

The clock runs down.

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

We've got four minutes added on here at the bet365 stadium.

Peter Crouch tries to find a way through for Stoke but Laurent Koscielny clears.

Now Arsenal break, but Ramadan Sobhi is there to retrieve possession for the hosts.

This game's still got life in it.  

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

Steve Harper

Former Newcastle keeper on BBC Radio 5live sports extra

Peter Crouch is lucky just to get a yellow card there.

He's gone in high and he's probably just got away with a booking because he didn't make much contact.

YELLOW CARD

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

Peter Crouch flies in on Granit Xhaka on the edge of the Arsenal box and is booked. He protests, but I'm not really sure why. It was rash. 

Two minutes of the 90 remaining. 

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott combine on the right and goalkeeper Jack Butland has to be alert to the danger.

Some of Arsenal's passing is sublime. It's been a thoroughly enjoyable and open game. 

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

Stoke haven't given up the ghost just yet.

Petr Cech has to dive to his right to keep out Geoff Cameron's drive. 

A good tourist

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

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SUBSTITUTION

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

Marko Arnautovic is forced off with the arm injury he picked up from the tackle by Rob Holding. 

Ramadan Sobhi comes on in his place.

Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil are replaced by Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott for Arsenal.    

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Sahil Oberoi: Fair play to Mike Dean, turned a pleasant game of croquet into the Roman Colosseum. 

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?! 

Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

Ian Brown

BBC football commentator at bet365 Stadium

Arsenal are still very much in the race for the top four.

Whether or not Peter Crouch scored with his hand doesn't matter now.

All those years of hurt at Stoke for Arsenal are being put to bed with this scoreline.

GOAL - Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

Olivier Giroud

What a game!

Substitute Aaron Ramsey wrestles away from Glen Johnson and cuts across the box for Olivier Giroud to slide in his second of the match. 

Surely this is over now? 

Giroud slides the ball into the back of the net
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SUBSTITUTION

Stoke 1-3 Arsenal

That was Sanchez's last contribution. He's off and Aaron Ramsey's on. 

Elsewhere, Rob Holding's got a yellow card after a tackle on Marko Arnautovic.

It's all go. 

Stoke 1-3 Arsenal

Steve Harper

Former Newcastle keeper on BBC Radio 5live sports extra

It's a great ball from Jack Butland to Peter Crouch but the big man can't control it, Arsenal get turnover ball and go up the over end to score.

Two or three passes in transition and it's suddenly 3-1.

I wouldn't say it's definitely game over yet though.

GOAL - Stoke 1-3 Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez

Hold the phone, there's life left in Alexis Sanchez yet! 

He slots home from inside the box, after getting on the end of a Hector Bellerin run. 

That's his 50th Premier League goal for the Gunners. 

Alexis Sanchez scores Arsenal's third goal
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Mark: Crouch handball after what should've been a foul on Bellerin. Moments exactly like this are what Arsenal seasons fall apart on.

Lawrence Eghe Egun: Even Maradona would be proud of that.

Petr Crouch celebrates
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Stoke 1-2 Arsenal

I thought this game might be rubbish. It's not. It's brilliant entertainment... for the neutral, anyway. 

Alexis Sanchez is struggling with a leg injury - maybe cramp - so Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck are warming up.  

Stoke 1-2 Arsenal

Shkodran Mustafi has hit the deck with what looks like a head injury but the referee hasn't seen it.

The fans are going ballistic as Stoke go on the march.

Saido Berahino has a shot on goal but it's stopped by Petr Cech. 

Carnage all of a sudden. 

'Crouch looked guilty'

Stoke 1-2 Arsenal

Steve Harper

Former Newcastle keeper on BBC Radio 5live sports extra

It's hit his hand! I think it might have hit both his hand and his head.

I don't understand why he needs to go with his hand at all, his head was right there.

It's a really difficult one for the officials. Our first impression was it was a clear goal but it looks like his hand was in an unnatural position.

Peter Crouch did have a guilty look on his face as he ran away.

GOAL - Stoke 1-2 Arsenal

Peter Crouch

Now...this just got interesting...

Marko Arnautovic's cross from the left finds the big man Peter Crouch and he heads past Petr Cech.

Or did he? Replays show it may have gone in off his hand. Mike Dean has no qualms awarding the goal to Stoke. 

Arsene Wenger is fuming. 

Petr Crouch scores for Stoke
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Stoke 0-2 Arsenal

The air raid from Stoke appears to be over - for now at least - as Olivier Giroud earns Arsenal a corner. 

Mesut Ozil gets the angle all wrong, though, and Berahino heads clear. 

Stoke 0-2 Arsenal

Steve Harper

Former Newcastle keeper on BBC Radio 5live sports extra

Petr Cech does well - it's pretty comfortable but he does well to help it up over the bar.

GREAT SAVE!

Stoke 0-2 Arsenal

Another Stoke corner bounces about the box and Bruno Martins Indi heads at goal, forcing Petr Cech into a brilliant save. The Arsenal keeper pushes the ball over the bar.

A really lively spell from the hosts right now. 

Stoke 0-2 Arsenal

Stoke have three consecutive corners, the last one is punched away from danger by Petr Cech.

But the hosts are still pushing forward. Erik Pieters' looping cross comes off the head of Nacho Monreal and Stoke have another corner. 

SUBSTITUTION

Stoke 0-2 Arsenal

And with that, Diouf's game is over - along with Joe Allen's.

Peter Crouch and Saido Berahino enter the fray for Stoke.