Giroud double helps Arsenal beat Stoke 4-1 in Premier League

He doesn't care at all, he said on Saturday after Arsenal beat Stoke City, 4-1. I have a good relationship with the manager, and the fans have been brilliant.

Ozil and Sanchez will be out of contract at Arsenal at the end of next season and negotiations over extensions have been stalling, but they proved their worth with a goal each to send the Gunners one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool, who take on West Ham on Sunday.

Only last month, Arsenal's Champions League dream looked over after a demoralizing 3-0 loss at Crystal Palace, which sparked angry protests from fans against manager Arsene Wenger.

"I am not in politics, I am in sport". I'm in sport, I love sport and give my 24 hours a day for what I love.

Wenger continued: "I think this result is a continuity of what we have done during the week. But I have no special opinion on that".

For Holding, the win was made all the sweeter by Arsenal being able to shut up the Stoke fans, who have been able to celebrate their side matching the Gunners blow for blow in recent years.

Liverpool play at West Ham on Sunday knowing that anything other than a win will open the door for Arsenal to overtake them when they face Sunderland. "We expect the teams to play with commitment and full power".

On Saturday, as he was making his way along the touchline toward the dressing room after the final whistle, Wenger gave a wave to Arsenal's visiting supporters and they roared their approval.

The formation sees the Germany worldwide and Alexis Sanchez line up behind a lone striker, Olivier Giroud against Stoke, and the trio combined to score all four of Arsenal's goals at the bet365 Stadium.

If Giroud scores, he'll be the third player to score 50 goals at the Emirates Stadium in all competitions (after Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott), while the Frenchman is also just two goals short of becoming the 19th player to score 100 goals in all competitions for Arsenal (currently 98).

But the Reds remain in pole position to finish in the top-four after beating West Ham in the capital. In the games like that when you go to Stoke you need at some stage to suffer, to stick together and that's what we did.

Southampton added to the doom and gloom at Middlesbrough with a 2-1 win at the Riverside Stadium that lifted Claude Puel's side up to ninth place.

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.

Sanchez put the win beyond doubt with a solo goal to make it 3-1 in the 76th minute, just minutes after he had signalled to the bench that he needed to be substituted with a thigh problem.

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