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3 Things We Learned From Stoke Vs Arsenal – Same Old Story

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Arsenal dropped crucial points in the title race as Stoke City tactically out-played the gunners to secure a fantastic win for the home side.

1. No striking options to haunt Arsenal

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger decided against striking reinforcements in the January window, instead choosing to show his faith in Niklas Bendtner and youngster Yaya Sanogo. That decision might come back to haunt him over the remainder of the season.

Today, while trailing the game in the final 15 minutes after conceding the penalty, they lacked a quality option upfront who could come on and change the game, or provide something different for the Stoke defense to contend with. To make things worse, Sanogo had a wonderful chance for Arsenal to level in the 5th minute of injury time but his effort was high and wide of the crossbar, highlighting the lack of proven finisher in the squad.