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May 20

Stoke’s Ramadan Sobhi: ‘It was not arrogance, it was just a bit of skill’

The Egyptian winger, known as Ramadona, sparked controversy by standing on the ball in a Cairo derby. He reflects on that incident, questions over his age, a fall-out with his former coach and why his Muslim faith helps his game

For a 20-year-old, Ramadan Sobhi’s career has been quite a journey. He has, in no particular order, played in front of 100,000 fanatical supporters in Egypt, got an opponent sent off after standing on the ball mid-game, fallen out with his coach at al-Ahly and acquired the nickname “Ramadona”.

The Egyptian winger, who has made 16 league appearances for Stoke City during his first season in England, has hardly had time to stop and reflect. On Sunday, he hopes to add another for Mark Hughes’s side at Southampton before taking a well-earned break. Next season, he hopes, will be his big breakthrough.

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May 19

Southampton v Stoke City: match preview

Stoke have long since had little to play for and have won only one of their past 10 games, having seemingly switched off. Southampton’s form has also been underwhelming with one win in seven and Claude Puel faces questions over his future. Both sides have a point to prove and will be eager to give their fans something to cheer. Southampton will be without Shane Long who has a broken metatarsal. Freddie Paxton

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May 15

Premier League: 10 talking points from this weekend’s action

Chelsea and Spurs face challenges of a differing kind despite their success, Paul Clement justified his appointment and Marco Silva is likely to leave Hull

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Related: The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

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May 14

Arsène Wenger says Arsenal have shown unity even if it may be too late

• ‘We are now stronger defensively,’ says Wenger
• ‘Chelsea will face a tougher title challenge next season’

Arsène Wenger acknowledged Arsenal’s players have risen to the challenge as they attempt to rescue a top-four finish from a season that appeared to be heading for disaster just a fortnight ago.

Since the defeat against Tottenham Hotspur last month, Arsenal have recorded three consecutive victories over Manchester United, Southampton and Stoke to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. Another win over Sunderland on Tuesday would ensure their challenge goes to the final day of the season and Wenger admitted the performance in Saturday’s first win in Staffordshire since 2010 was testament to his team’s new-found resilience.

Related: The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

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May 13

Arsenal boost Champions League ambitions by thrashing feeble Stoke City

Arsenal will still not reach the top four if Liverpool and Manchester City win all their matches, though at least the Gunners are doing their bit to put pressure on the teams above them.

Three straight wins is a decent response to the defeat by Tottenham and this latest takes them within a point of Liverpool with two games each left to play. Arsenal are beginning to play well again too, their second goal here was a thing of beauty, while Liverpool, in particular, appear to be succumbing to nerves in the final run-in. The matter is still in the hands of Jürgen Klopp and his players, though suffice to say anxiety is beginning to develop on Merseyside about Middlesbrough at home on the final day of the season, never mind Sunday’s game away at West Ham.

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May 13

Stoke City 1-4 Arsenal: Premier League – as it happened

Olivier Giroud scored twice and Alexis Sanchez was a constant menace as Arsenal thrashed Stoke to continue their excellent run

7.43pm BST

Related: Arsenal boost Champions League ambitions by thrashing feeble Stoke City

7.21pm BST

Peep peep! A happy day for Arsenal, who played well and won extremely well on a ground where they rarely have much joy. They are now one point behind Liverpool with two games to go; Liverpool’s visit to West Ham tomorrow will probably decide who finishes fourth. Thanks for your company, goodnight!

7.19pm BST

90+3 min “‘Delicious’ can be applied to apple pie, not to crosses or goals,” says David Mitchell. “‘But it’s so creative and original’…no it isn’t. Some football journalist used it about 8 years ago, and since then, every other football journalist copied him and can’t stop. ‘Delicious’ should be banned from all football reports. It’s awful and cringeworthy.”

Cheers David. Keep it up.

7.18pm BST

90+2 min This will be Arsene Wenger’s first league win away to a team managed by Mark Hughes.

7.18pm BST

90+1 min “’This is pulsating stuff, and it’s come from nowhere,’” says Nic Clarke. “Well not really. It came from Mike Dean’s poor refereeing and Stoke cheating… Why the reluctance to call out the obvious?”

Because the change in mood occurred after the substitutions and before the dodgy goal? That or the systematic anti-Arsenal bias that is at the core of the Guardian’s editorial policy.

7.16pm BST

90 min Four minutes.

7.15pm BST

89 min Crouch is booked for a desperate lunge at Xhaka. It looked slightly worse than it was, because of the size of his pins and the co-ordination issues caused thereby, but it was a bad one and a clear yellow card.

7.14pm BST

89 min “Wenger has it easy,” says Gary Naylor. “‘Mike Dean’ is trending after Crouch’s goal, and you can imagine what that’s like.”

It’s time for Mike Dean to blow the whistle. He’s taken this game as far as he can.

7.12pm BST

87 min This has been a comfortable win for Arsenal, apart from that manic nine minutes between the goals from Crouch and Sanchez.

7.11pm BST

85 min Cameron’s crisp low volley from 15 yards is smartly saved by Cech, down to his right.

7.10pm BST

84 min “I’m not sure there’s anything specific about Arsenal that has so irked Charlie Adam,” says Matt Dony. “It’s just that he’s been a bit directionless and lacked direction since Gareth Bale left the league.”

Do they have a bit of the old previous?

7.09pm BST

83 min Danny Welbeck replaces Mesut Ozil, who has had a very good day. His goal, to make it 2-0, was delicious. Theo Walcott also comes on for Olivier Giroud.

7.08pm BST

82 min Sobhi replaces Arnautovic, who was injured when Holding fouled him a few minutes ago.

7.07pm BST

Arsenal make it four! Ozil on the right opening the game up with a fine pass infield to Ramsey, who had burst forward from midfield. He ran from centre to right, tracked by Johnson, before drilling a fine low cross on the turn. Giroud got to it ahead of the defence to score his second tap-in of the match.

7.04pm BST

79 min “Stoke’s efforts to make to the next level hinge on finding a 20-goals-a-season centre forward,” says Phil Podolsky. “Diouf is clearly not that player and they’ve had rotten luck with Bony and Berahino so far. In this position it really can take years for the curse to lift.”

Indeed. I think their 20-a-season man was Peter Thorne in 2000.

7.04pm BST

78 min Ramsey almost makes it 4-1 with an excellent run and shot that brings a fine save from Butland. Holding is then booked for flattening Arnautovic, who has had the beating of him in the last 20 minutes.

7.03pm BST

77 min Sanchez does come off, to be replaced by home favourite Aaron Ramsey. Sanchez is a magnificent force of nature. Most players wouldn’t even try to score while waiting to go off injured; even fewer would do so.

7.02pm BST

I think he will need to come off anyway, but he will do so having restored Arsenal’s two-goal lead. He received a square pass from Bellerin in an inside-right position, ran into the area and hit a low shot that deflected off Shawcross and curled into the far corner.

7.01pm BST

So much for being injured!

7.00pm BST

74 min Sanchez wants to come off. He has what looks like a thigh injury, though Arsenal are not getting a substitute ready.

6.58pm BST

73 min “Hey Rob,” says JR in Illinois. “In this dark and scary era we have moved into I have become extremely vigilant in sniffing out fake news™. Therefore, for the sole purpose of providing the truth™ to all your readers, I am compelled to point out that Giroud’s tap-in was from 2.75 yards, not 4. You can tell because of the reference of the six-yard box line in combination with the cut of the grass. Now that Ozil goal, that was from 4 yards.”

6.57pm BST

71 min Berahino shoots tamely at Cech from distance. Meanwhile Mustafi is aggrieved about a clash with Pieters at a set piece. He thinks he was elbowed deliberately in the face.

6.56pm BST

70 min Arsenal were so composed and serene for an hour. They aren’t composed now. This is pulsating stuff, and it’s come from nowhere.

6.55pm BST

It was handball! Oh my. Arnautovic beat Holding on the left again and crossed to the near post, where Crouch got in front of Cech and seemed to flick a smart header into the net. The replays showed it was a clear handball, however, and Arsene Wenger is having a minor meltdown on the touchline as a result.

6.53pm BST


6.52pm BST

65 min It’s a game of corners at the moment. Giroud wins one for Arsenal, from which nothing happens.

6.50pm BST

64 min “I feel compelled to point out that Stoke’s enforcer-in-chief is actually Charlie Adam (no “s”), from the half-time comment,” says Tom Adams. “I don’t want people thinking he may be related to me if it can be avoided.”|

6.49pm BST

63 min Another corner for Stoke, their fourth in a couple of minutes. It’s half cleared and headed back in to Martins Indi, whose header on the turn from close range is palmed over by the leaping Cech.

6.48pm BST

62 min A succession of corners for Stoke. The third is flapped away under considerable pressure by Cech to give Arsenal’s defence a breather.

6.46pm BST

61 min A double change for Stoke: Peter Crouch and Saido Berahino replace Diouf and Allen.

6.46pm BST

60 min Diouf heads wide from four yards! Arnautovic teased Holding on the left and moved away from him before whacking a cross into the six-yard box. Diouf, who got ahead of the ball, had to dive almost backwards and ended up heading it back across goal and just wide of the near post.

6.44pm BST

58 min Giroud takes one in the face from Arsenal’s old friend Ryan Shawcross. I don’t think it was intentional.

6.42pm BST

This is the most gorgeous goal from Arsenal. Ozil wandered infield from the left, gave the ball to Sanchez and kept running forward. Sanchez waited, waited a bit more and then guided a straight through pass of immaculate precision and weight that bisected two covering Stoke defenders inside the area. Ozil took it on the run, waited for Butland to sit down and teased the ball high into the net. A brilliant goal. The pass from Sanchez was stunning, because it travelled 15 or 20 yards and he had almost no margin for error. Any more weight and Butland would have got it; any less and one of the two defenders would have cut it out.

6.41pm BST

Now that is how to play football.

6.40pm BST

55 min This is a good spell for Arsenal, who have got their passing groove back after a slow start to the half.

6.39pm BST

52 min Stoke’s proud record of finishing ninth in every season since 2013 will be under serious threat if they lose this game.

6.37pm BST

50 min Holding has had another assured game, albeit in comfortable circumstances thus far. It’s threatening to get tougher; Stoke have looked more likely to create something in the first five minutes of the second half than they did throughout the first 45.

6.34pm BST

48 min This is better from Stoke, who are breaking into sprints all over the pitch and playing with much greater intent. Shaqiri’s cross deflects wickedly towards Diouf, who goes over in the box after a collision with Monreal. There was nothing in that.

6.31pm BST

46 min Peep peep! Arsenal begin the second half. If you like to picture these things, they are passing from left to right on the television screen in front of me.

6.26pm BST

“I see Charlie Adams is available to step on some Arsenal ankles late doors,” writes Adrian de la Touche. “Was it ever discovered what so irked him about Arsenal players who ran away from him?”

6.16pm BST

Half-time reading

One from the archives, but with happy memories for Stoke and Arsenal fans.

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6.16pm BST

Olivier Giroud’s goal means that Arsenal lead deservedly against a subdued Stoke. See you in 10 minutes for the second half.

6.13pm BST

The goal was made by Bellerin, who scooted onto Coquelin’s excellent through ball and played a perfect square pass that gave Giroud a tap-in from four yards.

6.12pm BST

Olivier Giroud gives Arsenal the lead!

6.11pm BST

40 min Arsenal are starting to get a little frustrated by the scoreline. For all their possession Butland has only had one save to make, and that was from a set-piece.

6.08pm BST

38 min It’s a more even contest now, with Stoke showing a bit of purpose on the counter-attack. And it is still 0-0.

6.07pm BST

37 min Whelan’s dangerous cross from the right is expertly defended by the stretching Mustafi. Wouldn’t have mattered, as Arnautovic was offside, but Mustafi didn’t know that.

6.05pm BST

35 min Shaqiri’s attempted far-post curler nicks off the toe of Koscielny and spins wide for a corner. Nothing happens.

6.04pm BST

34 min Giroud robs Johnson, who drags him over. Sanchez picks up the loose ball, moves towards the box and drills a fast low shot into the side netting at the near post. I think Butland had it covered.

6.02pm BST

32 min “Unless Jose manages to land that protest plane on the pitch then nothing will exceed the existential drama of Mahrez’s self-kick penalty,” says Ian Copestake. “It confirmed that the gods have both a cruel sense of humour and premier league season tickets.”

Meh, that’s old news. Denis Irwin was doing it back in 2000, and getting away with it. (I would link to said incident against Anderlecht, but we are no longer allowed to link to unofficial sites for legal reasons.)

6.01pm BST

31 min Allen plays a give-and-go with Arnautovic and wriggles clear off a couple of defenders in the area before Koscielny clears.

5.59pm BST

29 min Arnautovic curls the free-kick a few yards over the bar. It was a decent effort but Cech wasn’t particularly alarmed.

5.58pm BST

28 min Sanchez’s inswinging cross is confidently taken by Butland, who flings it out to Arnatouvic. Stoke work the ball from left to right to Shaqiri, who shuffles back infield past three players before he is chopped down by Mustafi. That’s a yellow card and a free-kick 25 yards from goal.

5.55pm BST

26 min Glenn Whelan appraises Coquelin of his existence via the medium of the crunching tackle. Stoke could probably do with more of that.

5.54pm BST

25 min The good news for Stoke is: it’s still 0-0. See also, the bad news for Arsenal.

5.54pm BST

24 min The Women’s FA Cup final is done and dusted: Manchester City lead 3-0 after barely half an hour, with Carli Lloyd getting the third.

Related: Women’s FA Cup final: Birmingham City v Manchester City – live!

5.51pm BST

21 min It’s all Arsenal, just as it was five minutes ago. The match is almost weirdly one-sided, and it’s increasingly clear that Stoke are going to win 1-0 with a goal off Mame Biram’s Diouf belly button.

5.49pm BST

19 min “Under Labour, all ‘Wenger out’ protests will be nationalised,” sniffs Ian Copestake.

5.48pm BST

17 min Monreal hits the post! He has been a constant threat going forward in this match. After good work from Coquelin, Bellerin’s lofted cross skimmed off the head of a defender in the six-yard box and reached Monreal beyond the far post. He stretched to head the ball onto the near post, and Ozil was tackled as he attempted to put the loose ball away.

5.46pm BST

16 min Stoke’s first decent attack leads to a mild penalty appeal when Arnautovic’s cross hits a defender at close-range. Even if it did hit the hand – and I don’t know that it did – there was no intent.

5.43pm BST

13 min Ozil clips a brilliant diagonal pass over the defence to Monreal, who gets the wrong side of Johnson but runs the ball out of play. It wasn’t the easiest ball to control as it travelled a long way.

5.42pm BST

11 min Diouf tracks back to tackle Xhaka, allowing Stoke to get out of their half for the first time in a while. It’s very one-sided and, as Alan Smith says on Sky, there’s a strange lack of intensity about Stoke.

5.39pm BST

9 min What a fine save from Butland! Ozil’s outswinging corner from the left was looped towards the far post by the head of Mustafi, and Butland stretched a long way to tip it over.

5.38pm BST

8 min “Truly depressing to hear the local fans booing Arsenal,” begins Charles Antaki, “presumably for Ramsey’s effrontery in attacking Shawcross’s boot with his shin all those years ago ago, and having the metropolitan snootiness to go off with a supposedly broken leg.”

5.37pm BST

7 min Arsenal win the first corner. It’s played short to Sanchez, whose driven cross is headed away by Diouf.

5.36pm BST

6 min Arsenal are completely dominating possession, albeit in the sterile-domination zone at this stage.

5.35pm BST

5 min This has been a smooth, confident start from Arsenal. Mustafi drives a brilliant angled pass over the top for Sanchez, who controls it on the stretch with his bicep and is flagged offside anyway. Great pass though.

5.33pm BST

3 min A long spell of possession for Arsenal, most of it accompanied by boos, ends when Sanchez has his pocket picked by Shawcross. Diouf rumbles forward on a solo break until he is tackled by Mustafi (I think).

5.30pm BST

1 min Peep peep! Stoke kick off from left to right. They are in red-and-white stripes; Arsenal are in their very, very, very, very, very navy blue away strip.

5.20pm BST

Football news (sort of) OJ: Made in America is on BBC4 this week, starting tomorrow night. It is magnificent, so you should watch it.

5.19pm BST

This is a good stat on Sky Sports. Teams managed by Mark Hughes have hosted Arsenal eight time in the Premier League, with five wins and three draws. Wenger out!

5.08pm BST

It’s been another busy day in the Premier League, with Swansea winning at Sunderland to move closer to safety. You can get all the Premier League match reports here. And if you want to follow the Women’s FA Cup final with our resident MBM genius, Scott Murray, you can do so here.

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4.32pm BST

Stoke (4-3-3) Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters; Cameron, Allen, Whelan; Shaqiri, Diouf, Arnautovic.
Substitutes: Grant, Muniesa, Adam, Sobhi, Berahino, Walters, Crouch.

Arsenal (3-4-2-1) Cech; Holding, Mustafi, Koscielny; Bellerin, Coquelin, Xhaka, Monreal; Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud.
Substitutes: Ospina, Gabriel, Elneny, Ramsey, Iwobi, Welbeck, Walcott.

1.22pm BST

Hello. Arsene Wenger is so far behind the times that watching him has become a painful experience. He’s decent, dignified, principled and romantic – values that have little place in modern society, never mind modern football. In 2017, being behind the times should be a virtue, but Wenger has been subject to increasingly unpleasant abuse from myopic, entitled brats with an allergy to nuance and a thundering lack of perspective. Or, to give them their other name, a minority of Arsenal followers.

Wenger deserves criticism. All professionals do. There is, however, a pretty clear distinction between criticism and ridicule or abuse. Let’s be clear about this: Arsene Wenger is one of the greatest managers in British football history, who has given Arsenal fans some of the most euphoric moments of their lives. He sacrificed the best years of his career to do the right thing by Arsenal. He is also a bloody good human being; better than you, better than me. The ongoing attempt to hound him out of a job is pathetic.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

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May 12

Stoke record signing Imbula could leave

Stoke’s £18.3m record signing Giannelli Imbula could leave this summer, manager Mark Hughes says.

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May 06

Ryan Shawcross own goal rescues point for Bournemouth against Stoke City

A controversial own goal from Ryan Shawcross denied Stoke a first away win since January and handed Bournemouth the point that seals their top-flight status for another year.

Shawcross unwittingly deflected Josh King’s strike into his own net but Stoke were frustrated that the Bournemouth striker had not been flagged offside from Max Gradel’s header. The goal stood and the visitors were forced to settle for just their second point on the road since their 3-1 league win at Sunderland on 14 January.

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May 05

Bournemouth v Stoke City: match preview

Tenth hosts 12th with manager Eddie Howe still preaching the importance of mathematically ensuring Bournemouth’s Premier League status. They are nine points clear of relegation, with three games remaining but a much bigger prize looms, a top-half finish. In-form Joshua King, who has scored 12 goals in his last 14 appearances, will again look to showcase his talents against a Stoke team who have not won on the road since January. Ben Fisher

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Apr 28

Stoke City v West Ham United: match preview

Five defeats in the past six games have put Stoke’s chances of finishing in the top 10 for a fourth successive season in serious jeopardy and West Ham United will move above them in the table with a win. This could bode ill for Mark Hughes, especially after the Stoke manager spoke of “raised expectations” among fans. The visitors will miss the physical presence of Andy Carroll in attack and will be hoping their record signing, André Ayew, can fill the void. Rich Flower

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