Robin van Persie came off the bench to score twice as Arsenal beat Stoke 3-1 and secured a fourth straight Barclays Premier League win at home.

Gervinho opened the scoring for the Gunners in the first half with a clinical finish from an Aaron Ramsey pass before Peter Crouch levelled prior to the interval.

But van Persie's introduction in place of Marouane Chamakh with 17 minutes remaining inspired the home side to victory.

Arsene Wenger had rested the Dutchman from the start, but Arsenal missed his ability to convert chanches, and van Persie put his team ahead only six minutes after entering the fray.


The skipper linked-up with Gervinho for his first before diverting the Ivorian's shot home after 82 minutes to secure the points.

Arsenal have now leapfrogged the Potters into seventh place in the Barclays Premier League, and find themselves six points from the top four.

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