Arsenal vs. Stoke: Six Things We Learned from Gunners' 1-0 Win

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Arsenal vs. Stoke: Six Things We Learned from Gunners' 1-0 Win
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In one of their grittier performances of the season, Arsenal beat Stoke 1-0 at home thanks to a deflected Lukas Podolski free-kick.

The chant from Arsenal fans toward the end of the match was "One-nil to the football team," and that was a wonderfully appropriate summary of the action at the Emirates Stadium.

During long stretches, especially during the first half, almost nothing noteworthy would happen, and I was often starved for material for my live blog of the match.

Stoke sat back and were content to let Arsenal keep the ball for long stretches. On one incredible occasion, everyone stood still with the ball static just outside the box during open play. Such was the Potters' reprehensible, willing negativity.

But in the end, partly due to luck, Arsenal found their break through Lukas Podolski. The German smashed a low free-kick from about 20 yards out that took a big deflection and bounced past a helpless Asmir Begovic.

Let's look at six things we learned from the football team's 1-0 victory.

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