Arsenal continued their dramatic turnaround at the business end of their campaign by beating Stoke City 4-1 at the bet365 Stadium. Known to be a tricky place to visit, the Gunners seldom showed signs of any nerves, and brushed apart the Potters.
Olivier Giroud scored an impressive brace whsile Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil chipped in with the other two strikes for Arsenal as they raced towards three points. Peter Crouch scored a goal to make it 2-1, but Stoke failed to capitalise on it.
However, a huge talking point was the reception Aaron Ramsey received when he came on as a second-half substitute for the Gunners. The Welsh international registered an assist, and put on a solid cameo.
He did not receive the warmest of receptions by the Stoke City fans, as they continued to jeer him seven years after his horrific injury he suffered at the arena formerly known as the Britannia Stadium.
At the end of the match, it was Ramsey’s performances that made all the noise, and the fans took to Twitter to show their appreciation:
Aaron Ramsey is literally bigger than Stoke City football club.
— ™ (@TheFalseNein) May 13, 2017
AARON RAMSEY RAISING BLOOD PRESSURE AT STOKE
— Matt (@VivaElneny) May 13, 2017
RAMSEY ASSIST AGAINST STOKE💉💉💉💉
— Niall (@Sanogology) May 13, 2017
Ramsey assist, away at Stoke. That's just the icing on the cake.
— ㅤ (@InvictusIy) May 13, 2017
Stoke City fans clearly still holding a grudge over Aaron Ramsey's decision to have his leg broken into multiple pieces.
— JOE.co.uk (@JOE_co_uk) May 13, 2017
Aaron Ramsey on the bench for Arsenal, so Stoke fans will have to wait a while before they can boo him for having his leg broken.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 13, 2017
Also, reminder that Stoke fans are so stupid, they boo Aaron Ramsey for having his leg broken. Proper mouth breathers.
— Bubble Blower (@_The12thMan) May 13, 2017
Here comes Aaron Ramsey.
He'll get booed by the Stoke fans.
Having his leg broken by one of the worst tackles of all time.
— #DefendTheLand (@ChazJay23) May 13, 2017
Ffs Ramsey goal then mooning the Stoke fans would be the greatest moment in footballing history.
— JB™ (@gunnerpunner) May 13, 2017
Ramsey on to trigger Stoke fans 😂😂👌👌
— Woodwork F.C. (@Cechque) May 13, 2017
Stoke fans boo Aaron Ramsey coming on. Never ceases to amaze me.
— Keith (@Geoghegan11) May 13, 2017
Imagine breaking a players leg and then booing him every game following that. Stoke City, scum.
— Connor (@TikiTakaConnor) May 13, 2017
With that win, Arsenal closed in on the top four, and narrowed the gap on Liverpool to just one point, having played the same number of games. The Reds visit West Ham on Sunday, and anything other than three points would see Arsenal in the driver’s seat to secure fourth place.
Alexis destroys stoke with one leg. Legend.
— Arsenal FC (@FFArsenal) May 13, 2017
Özil doing it on a cold, wet Sunday night in Stoke. Media will say it's sunny and the afternoon
— Chris Dixon (@chrismd10) May 13, 2017
Win against Southampton away from home after 14 years. Win against Stoke City away from home after 7 years.
— Sir Jenkinson (@theEpicGooner) May 13, 2017