Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Arsene Wenger could hear Peter Crouch goal was handball

Arsene Wenger could hear Peter Crouch goal was handball

"But of course it demands special quality, and they have it", Wenger said of his star duo.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil scores his side's second goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, England, Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud were in the goals for Arsene Wenger's side as they brushed aside the Potters easily.

Two goals from Olivier Giroud helped maintain Arsenal's unlikely late-season charge towards yet another year of Champions League football and turned the attention, and pressure, firmly on Jurgen Klopp and rivals Liverpool.

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But while Wenger's name was sung out heartily by supporters inside Stoke's stadium early in the game a plane flew overhead carrying a banner calling for the Frenchman not to return next season.

"I want to focus on football and all the rest is, for me, less important".

Liverpool visit West Ham United on Sunday and host relegated Middlesbrough on the final day, while Arsenal host relegated Sunderland on Tuesday and finish the campaign at home to Everton.

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An exquisite pass by Sanchez released Ozil to dink in Arsenal's second goal 10 minutes into the second half.

And a fine Arsenal move then saw them grab the lead as Hector Bellerin ran on to Francis Coquelin's through-ball and delivered a cross that Giroud met with a tap-in.

"We had three wins in a very convincing way so the focus is there, the desire to play together is there and the fighting spirit is there and of course we are very pleased for that", Wenger told the BBC.

A half of nearly complete Arsenal dominance ended with the Gunners picking apart the Stoke defence with clinical efficiency to set up Giroud for his 11th goal of the season on 41 minutes.

Arsene Wenger claims he knew Peter Crouch's goal should have been disallowed for handball because he was "suspicious of the noise of the ball". But to be honest with you I'll be a big fan of West Ham tomorrow.

"I didn't plan to take him off, he asked to come off", explained Wenger.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes, whose 13th-placed side have won only one of their last 10 matches, expressed his frustration after a contest in which the Potters only really came to life having gone 2-0 down.

"We were okay and had a good shape in the first half, but in terms of what we wanted to do in attack, that didn't really happen for us".

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