Zouma sends warning to Arsenal ahead of Stoke visit

Arnold Nichols
April 5, 2018

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had the chance to score his first hattrick for Arsenal, but let Alexandre Lacazette take the spot-kick, and the French striker made no mistake in steering the ball past Butland.

With little chance of finishing in the EPL's top four, Arsenal must win the Europa League to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League - a target that looks essential for under-fire Gunners boss Arsene Wenger as he fights to save his job.

"Then they started to get a grip and I think the players in midfield started to get hold of the game".

The Gunners had one eye on their Europa League clash with CSKA Moscow on Thursday but did not allow that to distract them as they secured a 3-0 win against the Potters. It was to prove a shallow oasis in a desert of barren first-half mediocrity however as Arsenal continued to waste possession.

"At the moment we are in the thick of it, we need to win games and stick together, so we need to keep believing - we have no choice".

Paul Lambert's men had held their own at a typically nervy Emirates Stadium until Bruno Martins Indi stretched to tackle Mesut Ozil in the penalty box.


"Especially as well, we play before a big game, so the mind is maybe not completely there", Wenger said. The success means Arsenal have finally won back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since November and continued their revival after a hard period in January and February.

It was a nice touch for Aubameyang - on a hat trick - to make way for the bench ridden big summer signing to get a confidence-boosting goal. There are doubts over the fitness of Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette, but the latter is highly expected to start after facing Crystal Palace this past weekend.

"The only thing I think is missing is the luck".

"I wasn't surprised because I know they have a good understanding".

And Lacazette scored Arsenal's second penalty of the game in the closing stages after being fouled by Badou N'Diaye.

"Sometimes we lose the focus that he is only 21 years old", Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said, "and sometimes there is too much expectation on his shoulders".

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