English Premier League

Two late penalties and Aubameyang strike ease Arsenal past struggling Stoke

The Gabon forward scores from the penalty spot before finding the net again 12 minutes later as the Gunners stay sixth in the Premier League

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 April, 2018, 11:01pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 April, 2018, 11:16pm

Arsenal dealt Stoke City’s Premier League survival hopes a cruel blow on Sunday at the Emirates with three late goals in a 3-0 victory that left the visitors second from bottom with six games left to play.

After a dreary hour and a quarter of play punctuated by occasional booing from the home crowd, Mesut Ozil won a penalty when he raced into the box only to be brought down by Stoke’s Bruno Martins Indi.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored from the spot and then struck again from close range 12 minutes later, before Alexandre Lacazette converted another penalty, having been brought crashing to the ground by Badou Ndiaye.

“It is not always easy after an international break. We did a good job. I felt a little bit under pressure [taking the penalty after missing against Manchester City] but I was just thinking I had to score and I needed to focus,” said Aubameyang.

The loss leaves Stoke 19th in the league with 27 points, while Arsenal stay sixth with 51 points, 10 points off the Champions League qualification places.