Premier League round-up: Ten-man Arsenal stunned at Stoke

first_imgStoke City managed to hold on to a remarkable half-time lead to secure a 3-2 win over Arsenal, as a second-half double from the Gunners wasn’t enough to inspire a comeback at the Britannia Stadium.It was job done for the Potters by the break, or so it seemed, while Arsenal were a complete mess from the off as Peter Crouch opened the scoring after just 18 seconds when he poked the ball home after winning a scrap in the box.The former England man’s strike was the fastest this season, and their lead was soon doubled when Bojan skipped through a static defence to score with a neat first-time finish following good wing play from Jonathan Walters.Stoke’s first-half dominance was highlighted as chants of “olé” sounded around the Britannia Stadium stands.And Walters made it three moments before the break, capitalising on more horror show defending from Arsenal to fire high into the roof of the netArsenal improved after the break but were still frustrated, with Sanchez hitting the post after a long mazy run into the box, and they appeared to have fallen yet another goal behind when Bojan again found the net, but the Spaniard’s strike was ruled out for offside.The Gunners were then gifted a foothold in the game when Mame Biram Diouf’s trip on Mathieu Flamini handed Wenger’s men a penalty, with Santi Cazorla confidently sweeping away his spot-kick on 68 minutes.And the comeback looked very much on two minutes later when a smart save from Asmir Begovic denied substitute Danny Welbeck and handed Arsenal a corner, with Aaron Ramsey smashing in a volley through a bundle of bodies from the resulting set piece.Stoke looked shell shocked following Arsenal’s quick-fire double but Hughes’ men managed to gather themselves, while Calum Chambers’ late sending off for a second booking ended Arsenal’s hopes of an equaliser, as the Potters held on during a nervy five minutes of added time to seal a brilliant win.Meanwhile, Queens Park Rangers managed to end Burnley’s run of four games unbeaten with a 2-0 victory at Loftus Road, despite ending the match with ten men.Both sides were fired up for this bottom of the table clash but eventually entered the break goalless following a cagey opening half.The hosts started the brighter after the restart, and Harry Redknapp’s Super Hoops took the lead just six minutes in, Leroy Fer with a crafty chip over Tom Heaton following decent link-up play between Charlie Austin and Bobby Zamora.Austin made it two against his former club shortly after, the in-form frontman finding the net from range with a clinical finish from Mauricio Isla’s pull back.The ex-Clarets star then went from hero to villain within minutes when he was given his marching orders for a second yellow card, but it made little difference to the contest, as a hard fought three points sees QPR move out of the bottom three.And that was it in terms of goals in the afternoon kick offs, as the three other fixtures all ended in 0-0 stalemates.Liverpool again suffered from a lack of firepower upfront as the Reds were held by a stubborn Sunderland at Anfield, with captain Steven Gerrard relegated to the bench once more.Meanwhile, a below-par Tottenham may count themselves lucky with a point as they held on to draw with Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane, with Jason Puncheon a whisker away from grabbing a win as his second-half strike clattered the bar.And West Brom were left to rue Graham Dorrans’ first-half penalty miss as they drew 0-0 at Hull, who slip into the bottom-three as a result. Stoke City striker Peter Crouch celebrates his goal against Arsenal 1last_img read more

Exclusive – Alli will take England call-up ‘in his stride’, insists Robinson

first_imgDele Alli will take his England call-up in his stride.That’s the verdict of Karl Robinson, who nurtured the teenager through his early days in professional footballer at Milton Keynes Dons.The 19-year-old has adapted quickly to life in the Premier League with Tottenham at the start of this season, even though his elevation to senior international level may have come as something to surprise.But, after being named in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania, he is being backed to cope with the rapid promotion.“There are always an awful lot of questions about players playing for a short period of time and then getting in the England squad almost immediately,” MK Dons boss Robinson admitted on Drivetime. “But he is someone we’ve always said will play for England.“He’s an exceptionally gifted kid and the way he’s conducted himself over the past three months has been quite remarkable, how he just seems to take everything in his stride.“And I think you’ll see that again. He’ll just conduct himself the same way he has all season.”last_img read more