Stoke's show of home pride against Arsenal thrills manager Tony Pulis
Stoke 1 Arsenal 1
Monday 30 April 2012
Stoke held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, the same scoreline they managed against both Manchester City and Manchester United, while they drew 0-0 with Chelsea and beat Tottenham and Liverpool earlier in the campaign.
Stoke's manager, Tony Pulis, hailed his side after they completed the season unbeaten at home against the Premier League's arguable big six.
The Welshman said: "We've moved on as a club. We've played a lot of games away from home in the cups, and in the Europa League I think everybody knows the amount of miles we've had to cover. It's been a long season, a fantastic season, and the players are still going.
"We've got a very difficult [home] game on Tuesday night. Everton are one of the real form teams at the moment so we'll have to be really on it to get anything out of that."
Stoke had beaten Arsenal on three of the Gunners' four previous visits to the Britannia Stadium and they went ahead on nine minutes when Peter Crouch headed in Matthew Etherington's cross. But Arsenal levelled six minutes later through Robin van Persie before the two teams cancelled each other out.
Booked: Stoke - Whitehead. Arsenal - Benayoun, Song
Man of the match Van Persie
Possession Stoke 45% Arsenal 55%
Attempts on target Stoke 4 Arsenal 10
Referee C Foy (Merseyside)
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