Of all the teams and managers who have taken a trip to the Emirates stadium to date, none has deserved being defeated more than Stoke City.

They may be loud at the Britannia but the gulf of class between the two clubs means it is very fitting that on every occasion which the Potters have visited Arsenal’s ground since their Premier League promotion 2008, they have lost.

Despite huffing and puffing on Saturday to change that fate, they eventually succumbed to a victory that the Gunners had worked for and the priceless moment wasn’t just seeing Podolski’s free-kick go in but witnessing a livid Tony Pulis struggle to overcome his frustration to even shake Arsene Wenger’s hand.

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