Arsenal's slim hopes of remaining in the Barclays Premier League title race were ended in familiar circumstances as they lost 3-1 at Stoke.

Kenwyne Jones and Jermaine Pennant put the Potters ahead in the first half and although Robin van Persie pulled one back late on, Jon Walters produced an immediate response to ensure a comfortable finish for the hosts.

The defeat left the Gunners too far behind with two matches to go to be able to reach the top of the table and once again exposed weaknesses in Arsene Wenger's side which have been prevalent all too often this season.

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