Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes anything but victory over Stoke, whom his side beat 1-0, would have been a huge blow to their hopes of a top-four finish.
After securing just five points in 2013, the Gunners were set for a second successive home draw until 12 minutes from time.
Substitute Lukas Podolski got the goal, although it was Geoff Cameron who did the damage by deflecting the German's free-kick past his own goalkeeper.
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