An affair overshadowed by a horrific injury to Aaron Ramsey saw Arsenal overcome Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium for once.
Rory Delap went by the expected script to set up Pugh for the opening goal but Bentner leveled matters before half-time and very well against the script, Ramsey suffered a terrible leg break at the hands of Shawcross.
The Gunners were left traumatized like they were exactly two years ago at Birmingham but unlike that day, Wenger’s men had a happy ending as a Fabregas spot kick put them in front late on before Vermaelen clinched a 3-1 victory in injury time.
Following the final whistle, Arsenal’s squad gathered together in the center circle for a group huddle, knowing the immense character they showed today had hurled them back into the title race – now just three points behind Chelsea.
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