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STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 24:  Ricardo Fuller of Stoke celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON Fourth Round match between Stoke City and Arsenal at The Britannia Stadium on January 24, 2010 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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JustinContributor IJanuary 24, 2010

Stoke City won 3-1 against a third string Arsenal squad today in the FA Cup fourth round with Ricardo Fuller scoring a brace.

Arsenal are the third team of the big four to be knocked out of the competition, Liverpool were knocked out by Reading in the last round while Man U were knocked out by League One side Leeds.

Campbell's debut was nothing short of a disaster, while Wenger also brough several youngsters into the squad.

Stoke started off the scoring in the 11th minute when Sol Campbell failed to deal with a Rory Delap throw-in, and Fuller headed home past a hesitant Fabianski.

In the 42nd minute the gunners equalised. Denilson's shot deflected off two Stoke defenders and past Sorensen.

In the 70th minute Arsenal put on some of their normal starters, with Arshavin, Eduardo, and Ramsey coming on.

But it was Stoke who took advantage in the 78th minute. Sidibe surged down the right side, and sent in a cross that evaded Campbell and was headed in by Fuller.

Stoke made sure of the victory when Whitehead put in Stoke's third goal, courtesy of a Matthew Ehterington cross.

Chelsea are most likely now considered the favorites, since they are the only Big Four team left in the competition.




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