Arsenal's focus on Europa League should give fringe a chance at home

Aubameyang scored the first goal of the game from the penalty spot on 75 minutes after Mesut Ozil had been fouled

Despite the initial lack of optimism, January may just prove to be the most pivotal month in recent Arsenal history, the author says.

Stoke have managed just one win since Christmas and will have to conjure up some more points if they are to avoid relegation.

Martins Indi railed at the injustice, telling BBC Sport after the match: "It cost us because we played very well".

Although it proved to be a successful return for Lacazette, Wenger thinks he is still a little way off being completely fit.

The Frenchman marked his comeback on Sunday from a knee injury with an 89th-minute penalty in Arsenal's 3-0 victory over struggling Stoke.

"Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey were obviously heavily involved and Arsenal started to get hold of the ball".

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Arsenal's preoccupation with the Europa League was reflected in Arsene Wenger's line-up and by that in the stands, with the thousands of empty seats a worrying trend for the club.

"To be honest, this season has been more disappointing for us because we had bigger targets", he told the club's website. Especially if, in Aubameyang's case, it's their first in the Premier League.

Ndiaye then fired narrowly wide for Stoke before Arsenal condemned the Potters to their eighth game without a win, keeping them second from bottom and three points from safety.

A brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a late penalty, generously given up by the Gabonese and converted by Alexandre Lacazette, was enough to see the Gunners through the tie. "It was a game changer", Lambert said.

"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".

In the second half, Stoke remained resolute in their defending and were only exposed on few occasions on the counter-attack.

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