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Stoke   3 - 1   Arsenal

Ricardo Fuller
Fuller was too hot to handle for Arsenal

By Ian Hughes

Ricardo Fuller struck twice to help send Stoke through to the FA Cup fifth round and ruin Sol Campbell's first game back at Arsenal.

Fuller headed home Rory Delap's long throw inside two minutes and he was unlucky not to win a penalty when caught by Mikael Silvestre soon after.

Arsenal equalised when Denilson's low drive went in via a deflection.

But Fuller headed in Mamady Sidibe's cross to make it 2-1 and Dean Whitehead slotted home a third to seal the win.

It was no more than Stoke deserved as they produced the better moments in a scrappy match, although it was not until the final quarter that they could exert their authority against a virtual Arsenal youth team.

Aside from captain Cesc Fabregas, Silvestre and Campbell - back in Arsenal colours for the first time since the 2006 Champions League final - the Gunners line-up lacked experience.

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And that was to prove their undoing as Stoke raised the tempo at a crucial time in the match and ran away with the tie after producing a devastating last 20 minutes.

Stoke's late dominance served as a harsh reintroduction to top-level football for 35-year-old centre-back Campbell.

The former England centre-back spent five years at Arsenal from 2001 but his only previous first-team action this season was in a 2-1 defeat at Morecambe during his one-game spell with Notts County.

The result also raises questions about manager Arsene Wenger's decision to rest players and trust in youth.

The Frenchman did bring on the big guns in Eduardo and Andrey Arshavin, as well as Aaron Ramsey, on 67 minutes but ironically it was after those changes that Stoke took control.

The home side had taken the lead after only 70 seconds when Fuller ghosted past the Arsenal defence and got to Delap's throw-in ahead of Lukasz Fabianski to head in.

And Stoke had the better of things for a while after as Arsenal struggled to gel, with young right-back Francis Coquelin, particularly, looking overawed.

Fuller should have won a penalty when caught by Silvestre but the striker stayed on his feet and his honesty cost him.

Other chances were at a premium and slowly Arsenal worked their way into the game.

They got their equaliser thanks to some good fortune, first when awarded a free-kick for a handball by Whitehead and then when Denilson's shot from the set-piece was deflected in.

After the break, Fabregas went close with a fizzing drive, while Stoke took the aerial route and bombarded a shaky-looking Fabianski.

Then twice in succession, Stoke threatened by mixing it up with low crosses that just needed a final touch.

Perhaps sensing a chance to change the game and snatch a victory Wenger made a triple change.

It did have the effect of ensuring there would be no replay but not in the way the Gunner boss intended, for it was Stoke who suddenly went through the gears.

Sidibe made a strong run down the right flank before sending over an inviting cross that Fuller thumped home.

Eight minutes later Stoke had sealed their progress to the next round as Etherington picked out Whitehead with a low cross and the midfielder coolly slotted in.

There was even time for Stoke to have a goal correctly disallowed as Tuncay clearly handled before finishing.

But Stoke had already done enough to march on in a competition that is now devoid of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

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Sunday, 24 January 2010

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Stoke 3-1 Arsenal FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Fuller 2
  • Fuller 78
  • Whitehead 86
  • Denilson 42

Stoke

Substitutes

Arsenal

Substitutes

Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 19,735
STOKE
ARSENAL

Possession

  • Stoke 49%
  • Arsenal 51%

Attempts on target

  • Stoke 5
  • Arsenal 6

Attempts off target

  • Stoke 1
  • Arsenal 2

Corners

  • Stoke 7
  • Arsenal 9

Fouls

  • Stoke 20
  • Arsenal 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:37 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 90:00+1:24 Substitution Danny Pugh comes on in place of Matthew Etherington.
  • 89:37 Aaron Ramsey fouled by Danny Collins, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Aaron Ramsey.
  • 88:40 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 88:00 Glenn Whelan concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Ramsey. Francesc Fabregas produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 87:20 Tuncay Sanli handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.
  • 86:28 Foul by Salif Diao on Aaron Ramsey, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 85:22 The assist for the goal came from Matthew Etherington.
  • 85:22 GOAL - Dean WhiteheadStoke 3 - 1 Arsenal Dean Whitehead finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 3-1 Arsenal.
  • 84:05 Substitution Salif Diao on for Rory Delap.
  • 84:05 Substitution Ricardo Fuller goes off and Tuncay Sanli comes on.
  • 84:05 Effort on goal by Aaron Ramsey from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 83:26 Inswinging corner taken by Francesc Fabregas, clearance by Robert Huth.
  • 80:19 Corner taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 78:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Mamady Sidibe. Francesc Fabregas has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, blocked by Mikael Silvestre.
  • 77:20 Assist by Mamady Sidibe.
  • 77:20 GOAL - Ricardo FullerStoke 2 - 1 Arsenal Ricardo Fuller grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Stoke 2-1 Arsenal.
  • 71:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Rory Delap. Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.
  • 70:58 Rory Delap gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikael Silvestre. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 69:09 Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 66:26 Substitution Aaron Ramsey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Francis Coquelin.
  • 66:26 Substitution Theo Walcott goes off and Da Silva Eduardo comes on.
  • 66:26 Substitution Jay Emmanuel-Thomas goes off and Andrey Arshavin comes on.
  • 65:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Whelan on Neves Denilson. Neves Denilson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 62:52 Glenn Whelan takes a inswinging corner.
  • 60:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington by Theo Walcott. Matthew Etherington delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Neves Denilson manages to make a clearance.
  • 59:28 Mamady Sidibe challenges Neves Denilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikael Silvestre takes the free kick.
  • 56:46 Shot by Ricardo Fuller from outside the box goes over the net.
  • 54:25 Dean Whitehead fouled by Craig Eastmond, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Etherington, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 53:31 Rory Delap takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 52:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington by Francis Coquelin. Glenn Whelan delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, blocked by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 51:02 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
  • 50:51 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 49:00 Ryan Shawcross gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lukasz Fabianski. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 47:50 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line, clearance by Sol Campbell.
  • 47:33 Sol Campbell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mamady Sidibe. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.
  • 46:46 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Francesc Fabregas, Header on goal by Sol Campbell from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 45:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Alberto Vela by Robert Huth. Neves Denilson takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:29 The referee blows for half time.
  • 45:00+1:03 Francesc Fabregas challenges Robert Huth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:00+0:28 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Francesc Fabregas, Mamady Sidibe makes a clearance.
  • 45:00+0:02 Corner from the right by-line taken by Neves Denilson, clearance made by Danny Higginbotham.
  • 44:28 Corner taken by Francesc Fabregas, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.
  • 43:50 Outswinging corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the right by-line, Rory Delap manages to make a clearance.
  • 43:25 Francesc Fabregas takes the inswinging corner, Mamady Sidibe makes a clearance.
  • 42:28 Dean Whitehead concedes a free kick for a foul on Neves Denilson. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 41:35 Assist on the goal came from Francesc Fabregas.
  • 41:35 GOAL - Neves DenilsonStoke 1 - 1 Arsenal Goal scored by Neves Denilson from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stoke 1-1 Arsenal.
  • 40:58 The referee penalises Dean Whitehead for handball. Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.
  • 38:31 Glenn Whelan challenges Carlos Alberto Vela unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 34:24 Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Sol Campbell, free kick awarded. Sol Campbell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 33:47 Corner taken by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 32:58 Armand Traore gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rory Delap. Matthew Etherington crosses the ball in from the free kick, Neves Denilson manages to make a clearance.
  • 30:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Ryan Shawcross. Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick.
  • 25:54 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, clearance by Sol Campbell.
  • 21:46 Foul by Mamady Sidibe on Armand Traore, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 18:00 Neves Denilson takes a shot. Blocked by Dean Whitehead.
  • 16:50 Corner taken by Glenn Whelan, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 16:12 Unfair challenge on Neves Denilson by Mamady Sidibe results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 15:28 Matthew Etherington takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Sol Campbell.
  • 14:45 Foul by Sol Campbell on Mamady Sidibe, free kick awarded. Danny Higginbotham takes the free kick.
  • 13:27 The assistant referee signals for offside against Ricardo Fuller. Free kick taken by Sol Campbell.
  • 11:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Whitehead on Neves Denilson. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 9:52 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the left by-line, Carlos Alberto Vela manages to make a clearance.
  • 6:06 Foul by Carlos Alberto Vela on Mamady Sidibe, free kick awarded. Matthew Etherington crosses the ball in from the free kick, Armand Traore manages to make a clearance.
  • 5:18 Carlos Alberto Vela fouled by Mamady Sidibe, the ref awards a free kick. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:41 Carlos Alberto Vela fouled by Rory Delap, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 2:23 Mamady Sidibe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikael Silvestre. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 1:09 Rory Delap provided the assist for the goal.
  • 1:09 GOAL - Ricardo FullerStoke 1 - 0 Arsenal Ricardo Fuller scores a headed goal from close range. Stoke 1-0 Arsenal.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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