• Olivier Giroud puts Arsenal ahead before half-time.
  • Mesut Ozil doubles the advantage after 55 minutes.
  • Peter Crouch pulls one back after scoring with his hand.
  • An injured Alexis Sanchez fires home third.
  • Giroud nets second from Aaron Ramsey cross.
  • Arsenal go within a point of the Champions League places with first win at Stoke in the league since 2010.
Arsene Wenger dismisses Arsenal director of football rumours Hayters

That is all we have time for on this Premier League live blog. We're back tomorrow with coverage of three more games including Crystal Palace vs Hull City at the bottom, and Tottenham against Manchester United in the final day at White Hart Lane. But until then it's goodbye.


Full time: Stoke 1-4 Arsenal

The race for the Champions League places will go until the final week of the season after Arsenal beat Stoke for the first time since 2010 in the Premier League. Olivier Giroud scored twice, while an injured Alexis Sanchez netted one and laid on another for Mesut Ozil. Peter Crouch provided the game's major flashpoint with a Stoke goal which he punched into the net, but in the end it proved irrelevant.


Olivier Giroud slides in to claim Arsenal's fourth.

Olivier Giroud


Peter Crouch could be off. Having punch Stoke back into the game after coming on he is booked for an aggressive challenge in his own half, and is subsequently booked.


Arsenal's goal difference is now +29, level with Liverpool, with a game in hand - which could prove crucial come the final day. Petr Cech keeps arsenal level with a fine save to keep out Arnautovic.


Alexis Sanchez fires home a vital goal for Arsenal's top four hopes.

Alexis Sanchez


GOAL! Stoke 1-4 Arsenal (Olivier Giroud)

Arsenal's first Premier League win at Stoke since 2010 is secure. Aaron Ramsey hustles and harries Glen Johnson into a mistake and he crosses brilliantly for Giroud to slides in to make it four. Fine goal to secure a vital win.


Peter Crouch pulls one back for Stoke by scoring with his hand.

Peter Crouch


Sanchez is now replaced his match-winning intervention. Only he could have done such a thing.


GOAL! Stoke 1-3 Arsenal (Alexis Sanchez)

Unbelievable. Arsenal are readying to replace Alexis Sanchez but in the time it takes to get Aaron Ramsey prepared to come on he scores a third goal which surely secures the points. The Chilean picks up possession, drives into the box and first, via a deflection, past Butland.


Stokes fans have been roused by the Crouch goal, regardless of how it has come and their team has responded. Alexis Sanchez is injured meanwhile and is going off. Is Arsenal's top four challenge going to unravel here?


GOAL! Stoke 1-2 Arsenal (Peter Crouch)

Stoke back in front but controversy will reign if they get anything from this game. Arnautovic is the provider again and he crosses on a plate for Crouch who knocks the ball in. But replay show he has fisted the ball beyond Petr Cech and into the back of the net. It is a huge Maradona effort from the ex-England striker. Pretty shameful you have to say.


Mesut Ozil thumps Arsenal into a comfortable two-goal lead.

Mesut Ozil


Better from Stoke, who threaten from a succession of corners. Martins Indi heads on and Petr Cech turns the ball over.


How have Stoke not scored? Arnatovic skins Holding and his cross, though just behind Diouf, is headed behind by the Senegal international. Peter Crouch on the for the hosts, as is Saido Berahino. Thirty minutes to go.


Alexis Sanchez's best season in an Arsenal shirt continues.


GOAL! Stoke 0-2 Arsenal (Mesut Ozil)

Still 35 minutes to go but you have to feel that the points are safe for Arsena. Alexis Sanchez threads a 20 yards pass between three Stoke defenders into the path of Ozil and he slots beyond Butland for his eighth league goal of the campaign.


Olivier Giroud celebrates putting Arsenal ahead.

Olivier Giroud


Back underway at the Bet365 Stadium. Stoke were booed off at half time. Can they improve?


Half time: Stoke 0-1 Arsenal

Pretty easy for Arsenal who are taking advantage of another side already on their holidays. Olivier Giroud netted the only goal and unless Stoke waken from their slumber that should be enough for the points. The Gunners could do with adding a few more however, to help ease the goal difference gap.


GOAL! Stoke 0-1 Arsenal (Olivier Giroud)

It has been coming and Arsenal have a crucial goal in the top four race. Sanchez plays through Bellerin and the Spaniard keeps his cool, playing the ball across the six yard box where Giroud taps into an empty net.


Surely there is a better way to spend the money that this cost.

Stoke vs Arsenal

Stoke vs Arsenal


Arsenal still with all the pressure but little thrust has accompanied their display so far. They'll be content for the most part however, given how they have tended to fair in these kinds of games on the road this season.