A DRAMATIC late goal from Arsenal substitute Lukas Podolski was enough to inflict a harsh 1-0 defeat upon the Potters at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Potters, who put in their best display in North London since winning promotion in 2008, looked well on course to record a thoroughly deserved point until eleven minutes from time, when the German substitute fortuitously won the game for the hosts.
His relatively tame free-kick from 25-yards took a wicked deflection off the leg of American Geoff Cameron, before nestling in the bottom corner of the net, to break the hearts of the visitors, who had battled bravely against their more illustrious opponents.
Asmir Begovic performed heroically during the first half to keep the Gunners at bay, but chances did come for the Potters too, with Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch both spurning decent opportunities.
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