Long-throw specialist Rory Delap continued his domination of Barclays Premier League defences, setting up both goals as Arsenal's season took another turn towards crisis with a 2-1 defeat at Stoke.
Delap found Ricardo Fuller after 11 minutes, then helped set up Seyi Olofinjana for the hosts' second before a defected Gael Clichy effort reduced arrears.
It was a case of bad to worse for Arsenal after the dramatic 4-4 draw with Tottenham in midweek and a red card for Robin van Persie, coupled with injuries to Emmanuel Adebayor and Theo Walcott made it a grim day indeed for Arsene Wenger.
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