Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

Arsenal show their mettle

February 2, 2013
By Miguel Delaney, Emirates Stadium
So much for perceptions in football. The accepted narrative is that Stoke's physicality generally unsettles Arsenal and yet, thanks to Lukas Podolski's deflected late strike, Arsene Wenger's side continued their trend of winning every home game against their supposed nemeses.

This wasn't exactly a case of movement against muscularity. As the Arsenal manager said after the game, his side "prepared mentally" for that challenge. In truth, they occasionally did their best to pre-empt it.
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