London (12/5) - After 1-0 and 0-3 defeats to Sunderland and Chelsea respectively in the Premier League, as well as an English League Cup loss by Manchester City, Arsenal needed a victory very badly to restore the players' confidence.
And they had the opportunity to win an easy match against Stoke City, at Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners attacked from the first minute. Andrei Arshavin was tripped inside the penalty area, but Cesc Fabregas was assigned to take the penalty-kick.
Unfortunately Thomas Sorensen saved it.
But it did not matter much because only five minutes later, Arshavin continued Fabregas' assist and struck straight into the net.
Just about 10 minutes before the final whistle, the 18-year-old Welsh fired his third Arsenal goal for this season and doubled the lead 2-0.
Arshavin could have made it 3-0, but Stoke's Andy Wilkinson prevented it.
This cheerful result put Arsenal back in winning ways, especially after Chelsea lost to Man City 1-2 on Sunday.
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