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After Asmir Begovic had somehow denied Arsenal on numerous occasions throughout the first half, the Gunners would have thought that this one just wasn't going to be their match.
As the match continued to wear on, 75-odd minutes had been played without a goal being scored by Arsenal, and they might well have thought that it simply wasn't to be.
They had thrown everything they had into their attack, brought on some of their best players and created some excellent opportunities, but they were unable to break the Potters defense—much to their frustration and no doubt annoyance as well.
However, Arsenal's ability to finish off the match and get a result here was huge for Arsene Wenger's men, for it showed that they aren't lacking in tenacity.
Several times this year, the Gunners have simply let slip—either early on to allow the opening goal or late at the end to miss the potential game-winner—but not here.
This time, they took the chance when presented to them and even though it wasn't their best chance on the day, they still made it count by putting the ball into the net.
They didn't come from behind on the scoresheet, but they did to an extent in terms of their momentum and self-belief—something that will be immeasurable until the next time that Arsenal find themselves needing to finish off a match like this one.
Getting a result here when they know they deserved it—that's the biggest positive from this one for Arsene Wenger's men because it might just help them believe once more that they can still achieve something great from the 2012/13 season.
Don't look now, but the Gooners are coming.
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