STOKE 1-3 ARSENAL
February 27, 2010
Today's FreezeFrame takes us back to February 2010 and a memorable win, albeit on a distressing day, for Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium.
The Gunners had already lost at Stoke in the FA Cup fourth round in late January, and in the aftermath of that defeat they picked just one point from a possible nine as their title bid threatened to unravel.
However, victories against Liverpool and Sunderland brought them back into contention as they headed to Stoke and a ground they had struggled at in the past.
Arsène Wenger's side were handed a major boost prior to kick-off with the news that Chelsea had lost 4-2 at home to Manchester City, handing the Gunners the chance to move within three points of the league leaders.
But it was Stoke who drew first blood when Danny Pugh headed in a Rory Delap long throw, and it looked set to be another miserable afternoon for the visitors.
But Wenger's side responded well and with 32 minutes on the clock Nicklas Bendtner got on to the end of Cesc Fabregas's right-wing cross to head home and restore parity.
However the day would long be remembered for the broken leg Aaron Ramsey suffered midway through the second half after a challenge from Ryan Shawcross which saw the defender sent off.
Despite the distressing nature of the injury, Arsenal composed themselves and with 90 minutes on the clock they were awarded a penalty after Pugh was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area.
Fabregas made no mistake from the spot, and Thomas Vermaelen wrapped up the win moments later when he tapped home from close range to secure a massive victory.
Wenger's side ultimately ended the season empty-handed after a disappointing run-in, but this was a character-building victory on a difficult and traumatic day.
Our FreezeFrame image shows Fabregas slotting home his penalty in added time.
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Vermaelen, Campbell, Clichy, Song, Ramsey (Rosicky 71), Eboue (Walcott 75), Fabregas, Nasri (Eduardo 84), Bendtner. Subs not used: Fabianski, Silvestre, Traore, Vela.
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