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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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  1. Post update

    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!

  2. Post update

    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.

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Manager reaction

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    Mark Hughes

    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."

  5. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

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

  6. Manager reaction

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    Arsenal

    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."

  7. Dislocated shoulder for Debuchy

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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.

  8. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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.

  9. Player reaction

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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."

  10. Totti takes a selfie

    Francesco Totti

    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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    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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.

  12. Post update

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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.

  13. Post update

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    BBC Radio

    Full-time

    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."

  14. Post update

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    Arsenal

    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.

  15. FULL-TIME

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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
  16. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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?

  17. Post update

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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.

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    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

  20. Post update

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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.

  21. 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.

  22. Post update

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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."

  23. Team news

    Man Utd v Southampton (16:00 GMT)

    Old Trafford pre-match

    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.

    Follow our dedicated live text on third verus fourth here.

  24. Text us on 81111

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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.

  25. Post update

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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.

  26. DISALLOWED GOAL

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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.

  27. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    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!

  28. SUBSTITUTION

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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.

  29. 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.

  30. SUBSTITUTION

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    Theo Walcott comes on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    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.

  31. Post update

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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."

  32. Post update

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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.

  33. Post update

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    Arsenal

    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.

  34. YELLOW CARD

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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.

  35. YELLOW CARD

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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.

  36. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

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

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    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

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

  38. Post update

    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
  39. Post update

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    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."

  40. Post update

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    Mark Hughes looks on

    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.

  41. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    Footyographer: Sanchez is alligator, Hazard is crocodile. They both look like they are the same, but one is a class above the other.

    Ben Turner: I can't see anything about Alexis that isn't world class. His temperament, ability and desire are second to none!

  42. YELLOW CARD

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    It has been threatening to happen for a while but Jonathan Moss finally reaches into his pocket and pulls out a yellow card, Stoke debutant Philipp Wollscheid going in the book for pulling Olivier Giroud's shirt.

  43. Post update

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke

    BBC Radio

    Alexis Sanchez celebrates

    Former Stoke captain Andy Griffin on BBC Radio Stoke: "It hits the post and somehow goes in. From Asmir's point of view, the wall disintegrated and didn't do its job. He needs to have a word with the players and tell them after the game - you can't do that, you don't jump out of the way."

  44. GOAL

    Arsenal 3-0 Stoke - Alexis Sanchez

    Alexis Sanchez scores

    Surely game over now as Arsenal add a third, Alexis Sanchez, with a free-kick just outside the area, hits the ball through the Stoke wall but a slight deflection takes it further away from Asmir Begovic, who can only help it on to the post and in.

  45. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Lovely fast flowing football from Arsenal as they are immediately on the hunt for a third, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finding Hector Bellerin on the right but his cross is headed behind.

  46. KICK-OFF

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Erik Pieters strolled out of the tunnel but has just wandered back in, holding his groin and it is going to be an impromptu sub for Stoke as Marc Muniesa replaces him. Steve Sidwell also replaces Steven Nzonzi.

    Back under way.

  47. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Luke Gwalchmai: Alexis Sanchez wasn't so anonymous with his stunning volley against Man City earlier this season!

    George Jenkins: If Sanchez keeps going I would love to see him be as good as Thierry Henry. Very good but not quite there yet.

  48. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Robert Green

    QPR and England goalkeeper on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Arsenal have been great, played well and started off brightly. They got the early goal that calmed them down and despite losing Debuchy through injury, they've been largely untroubled."

  49. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Arsenal
  50. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Thierry Henry and Robert Pires

    All-in-all a good afternoon out at Emirates Stadium for former Arsenal pair Thierry Henry and Robert Pires. Wonder how much they would have enjoyed playing alongside a talent such as Alexis Sanchez?

  51. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    BBC Radio

    Former Stoke captain Andy Griffin on BBC Radio Stoke: "The manager has to convince the Stoke players they can still get something out of this game. If they get the next goal and make it 2-1, the whole dynamics change."

  52. HALF-TIME

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at Emirates Stadium

    "Asmir Begovic superb early on, fighting a one-man battle against Arsenal, but he was beaten by a Koscielny header and then a Sanchez strike. Arsenal could have had two more since then while Stoke have come back, but at the break it is the hosts who lead 2-0."

  53. Text us on 81111

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Barry: Don't get me wrong Sanchez is a great player but he is completely anonymous against the top teams. He certainly doesn't deserve the world class tag he's already been given.

  54. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    BBC Radio

    Former Stoke captain Andy Griffin on BBC Radio Stoke: "Since Mark Hughes took over, he has created a fantastic team. They play football in the right manner and it's good to watch."

  55. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Peter Crouch shoots

    Peter Crouch gets ahead of Lauent Koscielny to meet a cross but can't direct it on target and the ball goes behind for a goal kick. To their credit, Stoke have not been outplayed and have created chances, Arsenal have simply made the most of their opportunities.

  56. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Jay: The comments make me think that Stoke are making malicious challenges. Watching it live, they are just robust & legal ones.

    Dominic O'Caollaí: Sanchez is the difference between AFC and LFC right now.LFC had that one window to buy top, top players and failed. Miserably.

  57. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Arsenal look on course to go into the break two goals to the good, although five minutes of added time will give Stoke hope of snatching a goal back, which would make things interesting in the second half.

  58. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Belete Eshetea: What a player Alexis Sanchez is. I think he is the best player in the PL so far!

  59. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Match of the day presenter Gary Lineker

    "Alexis Sanchez is such a special footballer. Love watching him play."

  60. Who is David Ospina?

    Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina

    The 26-year-old Colombia international is making his Premier League debut for Arsenal today.

    He joined the club from Nice in the summer after impressing at the World Cup in Brazil where he was part of the Colombia side which reached the quarter-finals.

    This is his third start for Arsenal having only appeared in the FA Cup and League Cup so far, as well as a substitute appearance against Galatasaray in the Champions League in October after Wojciech Szczesny had been sent off.

  61. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    A change of his shirt and Nacho Monreal is good to go again. Stoke then come forward as Geoff Cameron curls a teasing cross into the area, but Arsenal clear before Erik Pieters' ball back into the box is caught by David Ospina.

  62. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live at Emirates Stadium

    "A number of Arsenal fans sat in front of us here in the press box very unhappy with Stoke manger Mark Hughes and the nature of some of the tough tackles that have been going in from his players."

  63. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    A pause in play as Nacho Monreal takes a whack from the arm of Peter Crouch as both players jump for the ball. No chance that was an intentional Elbow, he is more of a Kasabian man anyway.

  64. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    BBC Radio

    Alexis Sanchez celebrates

    Former Stoke captain Andy Griffin on BBC Radio Stoke: "It's wonderful play and lovely interchange between Rosicky and Sanchez. I thought he would bend the shot round, so I've no idea how he snuck it in at the near post. It underlines the quality of the player."

  65. GOAL

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke - Alexis Sanchez

    Alexis Sanchez scores

    Well that is just brilliant! Alexis Sanchez, who else, slots in a cheeky second for Arsenal. The forward runs on to a pass from Tomas Rosicky, scampers into the area and just as every watching person is expecting him to try and break past Ryan Shawcross he somehow manages to clip the ball into the net at the near post. Asmir Begovic knew nothing about it until he was picking the ball up out of the net.

  66. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    BBC Radio

    Former Stoke captain Andy Griffin on BBC Radio Stoke: "These Arsenal players should have signs around them saying 'Do not touch'. It's ridiculous, the fans are up for everything."

  67. Text us on 81111

    Rob: Arsenal just aren't clinical like what we saw from Chelsea yesterday. Always go into the last 10 minutes with a one-goal lead and we all know how Arsenal deal with pressure...

  68. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Tomas Rosicky is on the receiving end of a hefty challenge by Marko Arnautovic midway inside the Stoke half and Arsene Wenger, along with the home crowd, calls for a booking. Referee is keeping his cards in his pocket for now though.

  69. Text us on 81111

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Tommo: Arsenal fans deluded if they think that subs bench is quality. Washed up keeper and CM, no decent defender and a striker who is so good, he's only made 4 Premiership appearances this season.

  70. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    BBC Radio

    Former Stoke captain Andy Griffin on BBC Radio Stoke: "From an Arsenal point of view, I can't understand how they didn't see what Stoke were going to do. The space for the pull-back was unbelievable and Glenn Whelan should have done better."

  71. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    A free-kick routine forged on the training ground almost catches out Arsenal as Bojan, on the right side of the area, sweeps the ball low to Glenn Whelan, who races in unmarked to the edge of the box, but smashes the ball well over.

  72. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    A rare foray into Arsenal's half for Stoke as they win a free-kick, Glenn Whelan pumps it into the box for Ryan Shawcross but the defender can't quite reach it. Erik Pieters' cross then takes a slight deflection, almost wrong-footing David Ospina, but the Arsenal keeper manages to smother the ball before any Stoke players sneak in.

  73. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    BBC Radio

    Asmir Begovic

    Former Stoke captain Andy Griffin on BBC Radio Stoke: "Inside 21 minutes, Asmir has pulled off three fantastic saves. The latest one was world-class. Stoke are going through a bumpy time at the moment."

  74. GREAT SAVE!

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Asmir Begovic is keeping Stoke in this as a hungry Arsenal side come forward again, this time Begovic flings himself to his right to push away Olivier Giroud's thumping effort. Moments later, Giroud beats the offside trap but lashes a shot well wide.

  75. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    BBC Radio

    Former Stoke captain Andy Griffin on BBC Radio Stoke: "As soon as you lose possession, you have to get behind the ball and get back into position. Stoke need to make it harder for Arsenal to get through."

  76. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returns to his original position following Hector Bellerin's introduction and almost grabs Arsenal's second, getting the better of Erik Pieters on the edge of the area with some fancy footwork before firing just wide.

    Mathieu Debuchy, meanwhile, is sitting up, clutching his shoulder before he is lifted onto the stretcher and taken away to applause from the Stoke and Arsenal fans.

  77. SUBSTITUTION - Debuchy injured

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    This is not nice to see. Mathieu Debuchy, who has already missed three months of the season with an ankle injury, is still receiving treatment with a host of medical staff and a stretcher alongside him. He cannot carry on and Hector Bellerin is on to replace him.

    Mathieu Debuchy
  78. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Mathieu Debuchy receives treatment

    Concern for Arsenal now as Mathieu Debuchy is down injured by the advertising hoardings after tangling with Marko Arnautovic on the edge of the pitch. The Gunners are temporarily down to 10 men while Debuchy is treated, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain dropping into his position for now.

  79. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Arsenal fans with a 'Je suis Charlie' sign

    Fans at Emirates Stadium have paid tribute to the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in the Paris area by holding up signs saying "Je Suis Charlie".

    The players of both teams are also wearing black armbands. Five of the Arsenal players are French, with their compatriot Steven Nzonzi in the Stoke side.

  80. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Robert Green

    QPR and England goalkeeper on BBC Radio 5 live

    "A very disappointing goal for Stoke to concede. There will be a few question marks over their positioning there from the cross. Arsenal have made a fantastic start and that goal caps it all off."

    Koscielny
  81. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    BBC Radio

    Former Stoke captain Andy Griffin on BBC Radio Stoke: "It's been far too easy for Arsenal. Asmir Begovic made two good saves before the goal. The centre-half is unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box. That cannot happen."

    Koscielny
  82. GOAL

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke - Laurent Koscielny

    Laurent Koscielny scores

    It has been an electric start by Arsenal and little surprise they take the lead. Moments after Asmir Begovic produces a fine save to deny Tomas Rosicky, the Stoke keeper is beaten as Laurent Koscielny powers in a header from Alexis Sanchez's perfect cross.

  83. Football League

    There's one game in the Championship this afternoon, with Wolves travelling to Blackburn. Both sides know victory would put them on the cusp of the play-off places and both are in reasonably good form - Blackburn have lost only one of their last four games in all competitions and Wolves are unbeaten in five. Should be a good contest.

    Blackburn XI: Steele, Baptiste, Hanley, Duffy, Olsson, Taylor, Cairney, Williamson, Marshall, Rhodes, Gestede.

    Wolves XI: Ikeme, Iorfa, Batth, Stearman, Hause, Price, McDonald, Henry, Edwards, van La Parra, Dicko.

  84. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke

    BBC Radio

    Former Stoke captain Andy Griffin on BBC Radio Stoke: "That was sneaking in, it's a fantastic save from Asmir. Stoke need to be aware of Alexis Sanchez, he's been electric for Arsenal this season."

  85. CLOSE!

    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke

    Asmir Begovic makes a save

    This is a pleasing start for Arsene Wenger as Arsenal are straight on the front foot, Alexis Sanchez bending a shot towards the far corner but Asmir Begovic stretches out a glove to push it behind.

    Wenger, by the way, has decided not to wear a coat today, even though it is pretty chilly. Zip 1 Wenger 0.

  86. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke

    Peter Crouch

    We've just gone beyond 19 seconds and no goal for Peter Crouch. Breathe easy Arsenal fans.

  87. KICK-OFF

    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke

    The names of the players have been read out, the referee has a quick check that everyone is where they should be, blows his whistle and we are under way.

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    Arsenal v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

    Szezesny pre-match

    Leenos, Worcs: Offloading Szezesny is a load of rubbish. He is a decent stopper, young and an international. He may be temperamental but I like him. Why the haters?

  89. Post update

    Arsenal v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

    Arsenal

    Peter Crouch is rolling his neck as the players start to line up in the tunnel as kick-off approaches, readying himself for the prospect of winning a few headers today.

    Crouch scored after just 19 seconds in the game between the two sides at the Britannia Stadium earlier this season, will he be as quick off the mark today?

  90. Post update

    Arsenal v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

    Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at Emirates Stadium

    "Arsenal's inferiority complex about going to Stoke's Britannia Stadium has been widely discussed. Arsene Wenger even admitted his side were "too soft" to cope with the Potters in their 3-2 defeat last month.

    "Yet, when it comes to this reverse fixture, the Potters' wheels have come off - they have lost each of their last 12 league and cup visits, including all six in the Premier League.

    "An early City goal at the Emirates would certainly make for an interesting watch. The Gunners have only gone on to win once in four matches after falling behind at home this campaign, and that was against Crystal Palace in their season opener."

  91. Post update

    Arsenal v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

    I have just been told Arsenal have actually banned "selfie sticks" at the Emirates. Tut tut to those fans I just spotted then.

  92. Sick of selfie sticks

    Arsenal v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

    Arsenal

    Urgh. Just spotted a "selfie stick" in use by a couple of fans in the stands. If there is one thing I dislike more than the term "selfie" it is "selfie sticks".

    Admittedly, this may be partly motivated by the fact that I didn't get there first with the invention, but they do genuinely grind my gears. As if someone stretching out their arm and gurning at their camera phone was not bad enough at sporting events, there are now hoards of folk waving sticks about in the air with their phones clamped on the end of them.

    Tottenham have the right idea, banning them from White Hart Lane. Top work.

  93. Text us on 81111

    Arsenal v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

    Tom: Don't think there will be a better subs bench in the rest of 2015 than Arsenal's today.

  94. Post update

    Arsenal v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

    Arsenal

    It is a lovely day in North London with a brilliant blue sky above the Emirates Stadium as the players go through their pre-match warm up. Slightly chilly, exemplified by Arsenal players warming up with gloves on, but the conditions should make for a good game.

  95. 'Pardew cost £3.5m'

    Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

    "Alan Pardew referred to his move to Crystal Palace as a transfer because the Eagles paid Newcastle £3.5m for the manager's services."

  96. Next Newcastle manager

    Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

    "I don't think John Carver will get it. Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley was in London on Friday and it is believed he held talks with Remi Garde and he is the favourite to become the new head coach of Newcastle United."

  97. Saturday recap

    Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

    MOTD2 Extra

    Jason Burt, football reporter for the Sunday Telegraph, on reports Chelsea will refuse to allow players to join an England squad meet-up later this month: "The problem for Chelsea is they have the league cup semi-final legs coming up and then the game against Manchester City the weekend after it. If it's at St George's Park, they won't let him go. If it was in London, they'd say yes. But, the fact Jose Mourinho is saying he won't let Gary Cahill go, they should knock the idea on the head."

  98. Saturday recap

    Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

    MOTD2 Extra

    Jason Burt reacting to Chelsea 2-0 win against Newcastle on Saturday: "Chelsea were outplayed for 40 minutes. Cisse and Cabella were superb going forward for Newcastle, but they didn't get the goal and it ended up changing the dynamic of the game. I think Chelsea were still suffering a bit from the Tottenham defeat. Chelsea really should be further ahead than two points at this stage and they've missed some opportunities to really dominate the league."

  99. Post update

    Arsenal v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

    MOTD2 Extra

    Jason Burt on Arsenal's recent struggles against Stoke: "Stoke know they can get after Arsenal at home, but Wenger is also pig-headed and will go with the same team and tactics each time they play at the Britannia, thinking he can outplay them. When Arsenal play Stoke at home, it's a completely different set of circumstances."

  100. Shoulder pads and Stoke winning at Arsenal

    Arsenal v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

    Arsenal

    Remember much about 1981?

    Nope, me neither, mostly because I was not around then but a quick internet search tells me it was the year Bucks Fizz won the Eurovision Song Contest with "Making your mind up", oversized shoulder pads were an acceptable fashion choice and a little Italian plumber first started winding up an oversized ape in Donkey Kong.

    It was also the last time Stoke travelled to Arsenal and returned with anything to show for their visit to London, Lee Chapman scoring the winner for the Potters.

    With 12 league games and 12 wins on home soil since then, everything points to a straightforward Arsenal win today, but then, much like operating the zip on Arsene Wenger's coat, things are never as easy as they seem...

  101. Post update

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton on MOTD 2 Extra

    On QPR's relegation battle: "What people forget is that QPR scraped promotion. We didn't get promotion pulling up trees. We did it the hard way. We finished at least 10 points behind Leicester and Burnley. We should be bottom of the league, so if we can finish 17th it will have been a great season."

  102. Post update

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter on MOTD2 Extra

    "Alan Pardew is an excellent manager and he will galvanise Crystal Palace. Selhurst Park will be vibrant again under him. Alan is the first person to leave St James' Park on his own terms in 14 years and in time his four years at the club will be seen in a positive light."

    Alan Pardew
  103. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Reaction from Twitter to Arsene Wenger leaving Wojciech Szczesny out against Stoke:

    Moses Ayeni: Wenger made the right decision benching Szczesny, I really want Ospina to stamp his place in goal for Arsenal.

    Kashmo: Arsene shuffling out the keepers. Finally! By the way, this is a much stronger bench we've been able to manage season long.

  104. Post update

    Arsenal v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

    "Stoke have had a bit of success on the road this season and I think they can cause Arsenal some problems today."

  105. Post update

    Arsenal v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton on MOTD 2 Extra

    "I can understand the frustration of Arsenal's fans. You have to go away at this time of year and dig in. You look at Arsene Wenger's side and ask 'who is going to lead the side?'. Mikel Arteta is a good player but he's not a leader of men."

    Arsenal fans
  106. Post update

    Arsenal v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

    Stoke striker Jon Walters, speaking to BBC Sport's Mark Chapman: "Recently there's been a lot made about this fixture and there is a rivalry there. Arsenal keep the ball very well and will be dangerous so it will be a difficult game. We will try and keep the ball ourselves but it could be one of those games where we sit in, soak up the pressure and hit them on the break. We did that at Spurs and Man City and came away with all three points."

  107. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jacco Rubbens: Ospina starting was inevitable and for the best; he needs time to reflect on the Southampton performance away from the media

    Jack Saunders: Arsene Wenger putting a marker down and sending a message to the others in the team. Good decision but is Ospina good enough?

    Charlie Wheeler: Ospina starting after some goal keeping clangers vs Saints. The smoking doesn't help but the poor display a main factor.

  108. Post update

    Arsenal v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

    MOTD2 Extra MOTD2 Extra

    MOTD2 Extra

    Jason Burt on Arsenal leaving Wojciech Szczesny out against Stoke: "I think Arsenal will look to offload Szczesny in the summer now and look to bring in another first choice goalkeeper. Obvious candidate is Petr Cech if Arsenal can do a deal with Chelsea, while Tim Krul will also be a target the club have in mind."

  109. Line-ups

    Arsenal v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

    Arsenal match-day programme

    Aside from David Ospina making his first Premier League start for Arsenal, Olivier Giroud returns from suspension while Nacho Monreal is also in the side.

    Stoke's new loan signing Philipp Wollscheid makes his debut against Arsenal after the centre-back joined from Bayer Leverkusen earlier in the week. Bojan also returns to the first XI.

    Mark Hughes makes eight changes from the side which beat Wrexham 3-1 in the FA Cup third round last weekend. Striker Mame Diouf is absent at the Africa Cup of Nations.

    Arsenal XI: Ospina, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Cazorla, Alexis, Giroud. Subs: Szczesny, Bellerin, Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil, Campbell, Walcott.

    Stoke XI: Begovic, Cameron, Wollscheid, Shawcross, Pieters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Arnautovic, Bojan, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Butland, Muniesa, Ireland, Wilson, Moses, Adam, Sidwell.

  110. Pardew 'one of the best man managers'

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton on MOTD 2 Extra

    "Alan Pardew does love himself. But he is one of the best man-managers I have worked with. Palace just needed someone to make a few subtle adjustments."

  111. Post update

    Arsenal v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

    Thoughts on the Arsenal team, Gunners fans? Arsene Wenger showing Wojciech Szczesny who's boss after the Poland keeper was reportedly caught smoking in the showers after the New Year's Day loss at Southampton?

    Let us know, #bbcfootball

  112. BreakingBREAKING TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

    David Ospina

    David Ospina starts in goal for Arsenal, with Wojciech Szczesny on the bench. Mesut Ozil is also among the substitutes on his return from injury.

    Arsenal XI: Ospina, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Cazorla, Alexis, Giroud. Subs: Szczesny, Bellerin, Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil, Campbell, Walcott

  113. Pardew a 'massive boost'

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann, speaking to Match of the Day 2 Extra: "Alan Pardew has given everyone a massive boost and given the fans a lift. He has tried to get across to us that we've got a great bunch of lads who work their socks of but it's shown in quite a few games that we've not put chances away or put bodies into the box.

    "We do need to score more goals. He has told the defenders to pass the ball a bit more and have the confidence to do that. He wants us to keep possession because for the majority of the season we have not had much of the ball in games."

  114. Who will go down?

    MOTD2 Extra

    MOTD2 Extra

    Table

    Jason Burt, football correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph, on a tight situation at the foot of the Premier League: "There are some very good teams there, but there some who are very much of a muchness with not a lot between them.

    "The whole league has concertinaed this season. Everyone is in contention and nobody has been cut adrift at either the top or the bottom. That's why there's been so little movement in both the managerial and the transfer market.

    "Everyone is holding what they've got."

  115. Who will go down?

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

    "Tony Pulis and West Brom and Alan Pardew and Crystal Palace will have momentum. I don't think Newcastle and Stoke can be included in the relegation picture but Everton will be nervously looking over their shoulder although they are still looking up rather than down. Aston Villa and Sunderland are not scoring goals so that's a big concern for them."

  116. Pardew praised at Palace

    Crystal Palace 2-1 Tottenham

    Alan Pardew

    I told a little lie in my opening entry to this live commentary. I said it was business as usual on Saturday in the Premier League, but not quite as Alan Pardew had the unfamiliar sound his name being chanted and cheered after guiding Crystal Palace to a crucial win against Tottenham in his first Premier League game in charge of the club.

    Pardew also revealed that Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley sent him a congratulatory text after the win.

    He said: "You can't win Premier League games if you're going to be super-disciplined and I felt we needed a bit more maverick behaviour in the team. Mike Ashley just said 'great result' and I appreciated that from him."

  117. Post update

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton on MOTD Extra

    On the relegation battle: "The benchmark for staying up is 37, 39, 40 points. I think it will be a bit lower than that this season because everyone is beating everyone. I think it will go right down to the wire which is great for the fans."

  118. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    A few more of your views on Manchester City's signing of Wilfried Bony from Swansea:

    Sam Robson: Individually Bony may well be better than Dzeko, but Dzeko and Aguero are a proven partnership, while Bony is a lone striker.

    Liam Price: If Falcao is worth £43.5m then Bony surely is worth £30m in today's market?

    Mehul Mandalia: Bony not worth £30m? Welbeck and Balotelli were both £16m. Both have barely had an impact while Bony was banging them in.

  119. Post update

    MOTD2 Extra

    Right then, MOTD2 Extra is live now on BBC One, at the top of this very page and on BBC Radio 5 live. Get on it.

  120. You're big. Get in goal

    Striker Matt Harrold got his first-ever man-of-the-match award for Crawley as the League One side drew 2-2 with MK Dons on Saturday.

    Nothing unusual about that, except Harrold played over 50 minutes in goal.

    Harrold said: "I got pressured into it because everyone just looked at me and said 'you're big'."

    Great reasoning.

  121. Lawro's predictions

    Alexis Sanchez

    Each week our pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts what he thinks will happen in the week's matches. He got two results spot on yesterday. Can he get today's right as well.

    Lawro's opponents for the latest round of Premier League fixtures are actors Don Warrington and Kris Marshall, stars of detective comedy-drama Death in Paradise, which returns to the BBC this week.

  122. Referee inconsistency 'unacceptable'

    Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool

    Gus Poyet

    Liverpool's challenge for a top-four spot continued to gather pace as they claimed a third win in four league games by beating 10-man Sunderland on Saturday, Lazar Markovic poking in a shot to put the visitors in front.

    Brendan Rodgers was all smiles after the game but Gus Poyet was quite the opposite, with the Sunderland boss angry at referee Craig Pawson.

    The Black Cats had midfielder Liam Bridcutt sent off for picking up two yellow cards and Poyet said in the Daily Mail: "The foul (by Bridcutt) stopped an attack and if I'm being honest it could have been a yellow card. But by the same rule Coutinho should also have had two yellow cards.

    "You cannot pick and choose - you either referee by the rules or by common sense, and I think the referee picked when he was going to referee by the rules and when by common sense, and that is not acceptable."

  123. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    A few of your reactions on Twitter to Manchester City agreeing a £30m fee for Swansea striker Wilfried Bony:

    Joe Creaser: £30m for Bony is ridiculous, anyone getting flashbacks of Adebayor?

    Andy Partington: Delighted with #MCFC signing Bony. Don't get people saying he'll be fourth choice. Think he'll make a great partner for Aguero.

    Jack Sanders: Great for Swansea as Bony not worth £30m. It won't really affect Chelsea though as he won't start ahead of Edin Dzeko will he?

  124. Bony worth £30m?

    The big transfer news of the day so far is the confirmation that Swansea have agreed a fee of around £30m with Manchester City for Wilfried Bony.

    The striker has nine Premier League goals this season - the same as West Brom's Saido Berahino and Newcastle's Papiss Cisse.

    Is he worth £30m? Read the terms and conditions and cast your vote on the right side of this page. The vote will close at 14:45 GMT, with the result shown soon after.

    Joey Barton is on MOTD Extra at 12:15, the QPR midfielder will no doubt have a view on the £30m striker having faced him earlier this season.

    Barton and Bony
  125. The most likeable man in the Premier League?

    Arsenal v Stoke (13:30 GMT)

    Peter Crouch

    What do Premier League players do on the evening after a game, especially when they've scored? Go out for a meal with their partner, maybe? Or a night in watching themselves score on Match of the Day?

    Stoke striker Peter Crouch celebrated his goal against today's opponents Arsenal earlier in the season by going to a Kasabian gig and crowd-surfing into the arms of a startled bouncer.

    "I'd been watching from the side quite reserved, but I ended up getting a bit carried away," says Crouch. "A couple of fellas have lifted me up onto their shoulders, and then it's a case of enjoy it or try to get down. And I decided to enjoy it."

    The most likeable man in the Premier League? Read more from Peter Crouch in his interview with chief sports writer Tom Fordyce, and listen to the full interview on BBC Radio 5 live from 12:00 GMT.

  126. Post update

    MOTD2 Extra

    BBC One

    Coming up from 12:15 GMT, MOTD2 Extra with Mark Chapman analyses Saturday's Premier League action and looks ahead to this afternoon's two matches.

    Joining Mark in the studio are QPR midfielder Joey Barton, BBC Radio 5 live football correspondent Ian Dennis and the Sunday Telegraph's Jason Burt.

    MOTD2 Extra will be simulcast on BBC One, 5Live and via the BBC Sport website.

  127. Admirable or embarrassing?

    Posh chairman's rant at players

    Peterborough

    Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony embarked on the rant to quite possibly top all rants on Twitter yesterday following the League One side's 2-0 defeat by Colchester.

    The Irishman listed 11 reasons why his players had annoyed him during a loss which left Posh 11th.

    "Like all fans and our manager, there are many things I have the hump with after today. Care to know them all?" he asked before listing his gripes.

  128. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    New year, new football gear - what did you get?

    Joshua Dillow: Broke my leg in training before Christmas, so someone kindly bought me a new pair of shinpads...

  129. Dyche manager of the year?

    Burnley 2-1 QPR

    Alan Shearer

    MOTD pundit

    Sean Dyche

    "If Sean Dyche keeps Burnley in the Premier League then he deserves to win manager of the season. Even when they were not winning, there was no panic around the football club. It was good to see."

  130. Away day woes for QPR

    Burnley 2-1 QPR

    QPR

    QPR's dismal away form continued as they lost 2-1 to relegation rivals Burnley, who made it 10 defeats in 10 away games this season for Harry Redknapp's side - a new Premier League record.

    All three goals came before half-time, with Charlie Austin's penalty cancelling out Scott Arfield's fine solo goal for the hosts, before Danny Ings grabbed the winner with a neat finish.

    Credit to QPR's away fans. How many defeats does it take before people decide their Saturday is better spent doing a spot of DIY or wandering round the shops?

  131. Will Everton climb the table?

    Everton 1-1 Manchester City

    Danny Murphy

    MOTD pundit

    Everton

    "Goodison Park is still one of the toughest places to go and Everton are still a good side - they will get better."

  132. Lukaku's 'recovery'

    Everton 1-1 Manchester City

    Alan Shearer

    MOTD pundit

    "We have seen signs of Romelu Lukaku's recover in form in the FA Cup against West Ham and his confidence was better for the game against Manchester City. When someone is not scoring goals after someone has paid £28m for them then the spotlight is on them. But Everton have decided to get the balls into the box and into Lukaku more often.

    Romelu Lukaku

    "His hold-up play was excellent and he was very good in the air. He is still only 21 and still learning the game."

  133. In the papers

    Daily Star back page

    Manchester City's exploits on and off the pitch dominate the back page of the Daily Star.

    As they were held to a 1-1 draw at Everton, fellow title chasers Chelsea took full advantage and moved two points clear with a 2-0 home win against Newcastle.

    Meanwhile, with transfer targets Wilfried Bony, 26, and Alexandre Lacazette, 23, set to join from Swansea and Lyon respectively, it looks like time is up for strikers Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo.

  134. City slip up

    Everton 1-1 Manchester City

    Man City

    Manchester City lost ground to Chelsea in the Premier League title race on Saturday as Everton came from behind to earn a fully-deserved point against the champions at Goodison Park.

    Fernandinho's scrambled goal with 16 minutes left looked to have condemned Roberto Martinez's side to their fifth successive league defeat. Everton, however, equalised when Steven Naismith's glancing header put them level within four minutes of City's opener.

  135. New year, new gear - what did you get?

    Get Inspired with BBC Sport #bbcfootball

    Louis van Gaal

    So Christmas has been and gone. The decorations have been taken down, the tree has been packed away for another year (if they haven't yet, what are you playing at?) and the well intended, if ultimately futile, attempts for a healthy January are well under way.

    But on the football pitches and in the stands at grounds up and down the country, evidence of the recent festivities should be clear to see - new football gear.

    For Sunday League regulars and season ticket holders, surely a brand-spanking new kit, the latest boots or the humble football will have been high on Santa's list?

    If so, we'd love to see the new football gear you got on Christmas Day. Was it what you were hoping for? If not, what did you want and what did you actually get? Were you one of the lucky recipients of a gift from Louis van Gaal in the picture above? Send your photos and tell us about it via #bbcfootball

  136. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Lloyd Hamilton: As a Chelsea fan, not too worried about Bony move. More annoyed that City always planned to keep Lamps all season!

    Sam Robson: £30m is far too much for essentially a 3rd/4th choice striker. Surely when fit Aguero and Dzeko would start ahead of Bony?

    Neil Boughton: Not a bad signing for City but I'm not worried. Looks a bit desperate if you ask me, is Bony really worth £30m?

  137. In the papers

    Mail on Sunday sport supplement

    Chelsea's match-winner Oscar leads the Mail On Sunday sport supplement after his goal and assist guided the Blues to a 2-0 home win against Newcastle and saw them take a two-point lead over Manchester City, who were held to a 1-1 draw at Everton.

    Meanwhile, the paper also reports QPR players had to be separated from their own supporters after a 2-1 defeat against Burnley at Turf Moor.

  138. Blues back in the groove?

    Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

    Jose Mourinho
    Image caption: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho did not face the media after Saturday's 2-0 win against Newcastle

    Speaking of Chelsea, after a little festive wobble the Blues regained sole grip of first place in the Premier League by beating Newcastle 2-0 on Saturday.

    Chelsea were below par, but goals from Oscar and Diego Costa were enough to secure the three points and move them two clear of Manchester City.

    Was Jose Mourinho happy? We've no idea as he skipped the post-match news conference, with his assistant Steve Holland facing the press instead.

  139. Man City close in on Wilfried Bony

    How about that then, Manchester City fans? Is Wilfried Bony the man to fire you to the Premier League title? Chelsea fans, what are your thoughts on the signing? Worried? Let us know via #bbcfootball

  140. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Swansea City have agreed a fee in the region of £30m for the sale of striker Wilfried Bony to Premier League champions Manchester City.

  141. Sunday gossip

    Tony Pulis and Jon Walters

    Could Tony Pulis and Jon Walters be reunited at West Brom?

    The new Baggies boss appears keen to go back to his former club Stoke to strengthen his squad in a bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League with the 31-year-old midfielder reportedly among his targets.

    Read that and all the other latest January transfer window rumours in Sunday's Gossip Column.

  142. Post update

    "But we've got ages until those games kick-off," you most definitely did not just ask no-one in particular.

    If, for some reason, you did though, then yes you are right but we've still got plenty to get through over the course of the next hour or two, with a look back on yesterday's action and reaction.

    Those Sunday chores can wait a while so pop the kettle on and stick with us today, we've got lots to talk about.

  143. What's coming up?

    Hello!

    Saturday may well have been lacking in a few Premier League twists and turns but today's offering from the top flight certainly has the potential to provide us with one or two.

    After a pretty inconsistent first half of the season, Arsenal will be hoping for better in 2015 and they host Stoke at 13:30 GMT looking for their first league win of the year. Easier said than done against a Potters side that has proven to be a bit of a thorn in Arsenal's side over the years.

    Then, to finish things off, it is third versus fourth as Manchester United host Southampton at 16:00 GMT - the potential for a very tasty fixture indeed.

  144. Business as usual

    Chelsea win at home (again)...

    Chelsea

    ...QPR lose away (again)...

    Harry Redknapp

    ...and referees bare the brunt of a manager's frustrations (again)...

    Gus Poyet

    ...after a weekend of FA Cup football it was business as usual in the Premier League on Saturday.

    But with three of the top six in action, will today throw up any surprises?