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It was a relief for the hosts, who had already missed a number of chances by then.
Arshavin's heavy touch allowed Sorensen to save and Nasri saw his shot beaten away by the Stoke stopper. Sorensen was also at his very best to save Fabregas's penalty after Delap had tripped Arshavin.
While Stoke's rearguard was just about being held together by Sorensen's excellent performance, their forward play consisted of hopeful balls over the top and Tuncay being flagged for offside.
Just after Arsenal's first goal, they almost doubled their advantage but somehow contrived to miss the chance.
Traore's cross was deflected on to the bar and post, and Fabregas smashed the rebound goalwards but the ball hit Eboue, preventing a certain goal.
After the break, the lively Arshavin tested Sorensen with a low shot, but the keeper did well to get down to his left to push the ball away.
Pulis pleased with Stoke 'spirit'
Despite his diminutive stature the Russian, who earlier in the week said Arsenal need some taller players, was leading the line very well.
He was involved again when the Gunners launched a fast break and worked the ball across goal but Arshavin's shot smacked the top of the bar after taking a deflection.
A second goal was proving elusive, and there were signs that Arsenal were a little nervous at the back while the lead remained as the slenderest of margins.
But any lingering worries were calmed when Ramsey played a one-two with Arshavin and fired in a shot with the outside of his boot that gave Sorensen no chance.
Arsenal now move up to third place in the table, leapfrogging their neighbours Tottenham, who play at Everton on Sunday.
The only blemishes on the Gunners' afternoon were injuries suffered by Emmanuel Eboue, William Gallas and Tomas Rosicky.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "Arshavin did very well. He played through the middle and, considering his size, he gave the central defenders big problems.
"His movement was good as was the quality of his control, and he finished his goal well - he could have scored three goals but he had a very good game.
"It should have been a more comfortable victory but Stoke never gave up and we had a very good first half but in the second half, our recent defeats played on our minds and we were a bit more restricted in our play.
"It was good for us to keep our focus, not give any chances away and in the end we won the game."
Stoke manager Tony Pulis: "Arsenal have so much quality that they get their chances no matter how well you play.
"It was a big, big challenge, but the lads never stopped working. They did smashing and it was a much improved performance on last year.
"Arsenal played some smashing football but I was really pleased with the character and the spirit of my squad."
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