Spurs break Chelsea hoodoo as Arsenal push Stoke to relegation brink

Arsene Wenger is not anxious despite Arsenal fans staying away from the Emirates Stadium for Sunday's Premier League defeat of Stoke. It's Arsenal's only route back to the Champions League.

Lacazette, appearing for the first time since mid-February due to injury, was introduced from the bench soon after the hour and made himself a nuisance, but Aubameyang was the one to get things moving as the hosts improved in a productive second-half showing.

Late goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette left Stoke deep in the relegation mire as Arsenal won 3-0 on Super Sunday.

Arsenal did find the goal they needed after Mesut Ozil was felled inside the box by Bruno Martins-Indi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stepped up to score in consecutive matches for the Gunners. The Gabon global had his second of the afternoon shortly after, as he struck the ball low to Jack Butland's left after the ball fell kindly to him. The Swiss global brings the Gunners attackers into play with his precise passing, and he is likely to be accompanied by Aaron Ramsey, who is a potent threat to the opposition with his tireless runs into the box. In the second half we were much better and we deserved the victory.

And Wenger believes such gestures are good for the team.

The visitors briefly broke forward with a quarter of the game remaining, Shaqiri only able to angle a shot straight at Ospina following a corner.

Arsenal also came close with Aubameyang but his chip was denied by Jack Butland. Calum Chambers bundled the resulting set-piece into the welcoming grasp of the England goalkeeper.

Lambert was convinced the penalty should not have been given as Martin Indi, although approaching from a position behind Ozil, had got enough on the ball.

"Fans aren't turning up thinking they're going to see exciting football".

And explained afterwards that it was a tribute to his grandmother, who passed away recently.

  • Julie Sanders