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STOKE CITY VS ARSENAL

Published:Friday | January 15, 2016 | 1:00 AM

STOKE (4-2-3-1)

BUTLAND, JOHNSON, SHAWCROSS, WOLLSCHEID, PIETERS,

VAN GINKEL,WHELAN,

SHAQIRI, AFELLAY, ARNAUTOVIC, BOJAN

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)

GIROUD, CAMPBELL, OZIL, WALCOTT,

FLAMINI, RAMSEY,

MONREAL, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, BELLERIN,

CECH

Arsenal are still top of the Barclays Premier League after drawing 3-3 at Liverpool on Wednesday. They were leading late on but had their advantage at the top of the Premier League cut after Joe Allen's late equaliser gave Liverpool a fortunate point.

Olivier Giroud's second-half strike - his second of the night and 18th of the season - looked to have put the Gunners on course for a crucial victory, but substitute Allen rewarded the hosts for a display bursting with energy and spirit with a low 90th-minute finish.

Roberto Firmino twice gave Liverpool the lead in the first half, the second a spectacular 20-yard drive, but Arsenal took advantage of poor defending from J¸rgen Klopp's side to level through Aaron Ramsey and Giroud.

The Gunners, though, will be determined to win at the Britannia Stadium; not only are points needed in the race to become Premier League champions but their record at Stoke in the competition is poor.