Stoke holds Arsenal to 0-0 draw in Premier League

AP , Sunday 17 Jan 2016

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey in action with Stoke's Glenn Whelan (Reuters)

Arsenal missed a chance to go two points clear at the top of the Premier League on Sunday after the leaders were held to a scrappy 0-0 draw at Stoke.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud had early chances in each half but Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland reacted brilliantly to stop an angled shot and then a bullet header after the break.

Though chasing possession for much of the second half, a spirited Stoke side deserved a point and could have taken all three - if not for a superb double save by Petr Cech midway through the second half.

The goalkeeper palmed away a shot by Joselu and then got up quickly to block the follow-up from Bojan Krkic.

Arsenal survived some late pressure from the home side before settling for a point that kept Arsene Wenger's side top on goal difference - but failing to capitalize on Leicester's 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday.

Arsenal and second-place Leicester both have 44 points, while Manchester City is now just a point behind in third after its 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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