His goal, after-all, was Arsenal's second penalty of the game after strike-partner Aubameyang had given the Gunners the lead with 15 minutes remaining. The game's first chance belonged to Stoke, the team with the greater need of three points, as Mame Biram Diouf laid the ball back to Xherdan Shaqiri, who shifted the ball onto his preferred left foot and curled it inches wide of David Ospina's right-hand post.
The first half was a drab affair with none of the sides threatening the goal.
The Stoke City manager insisted that the visiting side did not deserve to lose and expressed complete confidence that they will avoid relegation despite being three points from safety after failing to win any of their past eight matches.
The Gabon worldwide coolly swept home a penalty 15 minutes from the end after Mesut Ozil was fouled by Bruno Martins Indi, before doubling his tally soon after with a well-taken volley, making it five goals in his first six Premier League games.
Bruno Martins Indi's clumsy trip of Mesut Ozil was needless and Aubameyang made him pay as he sent Butland the wrong way from the spot.
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The Pakistani Taliban had warned after the attack on the then-14-year-old that they would target her again if they got the chance. She took pictures of the Swat valley from an army helicopter and tweeted that it was "The most lovely place on earth to me".
Aubameyang revealed he passed up the opportunity to score a maiden Arsenal hat-trick - he had scored two for Borussia Dortmund this season before his January transfer - because he wanted to help Lacazette.
He could have got himself a third at the end when Lacazette was fouled in the area by Badou Ndiaye, but he let the Frenchman - who was back after six weeks out with a knee injury - take it in order to boost his morale by scoring a first league goal since early December.
"I wasn't surprised because I know they have a good understanding".
"I touched the ball before him and then he touched me and we both fell on the ground".
"It's just down to the fact that we're not fighting for the championship", he said, via the BBC. We could be trialling the formation in easy games this season after we are in a winning position and see how it goes in practise as well as in theory. I saw it in Germany and it worked seamlessly, absolutely no problem at all.