Football: Michael Owen's rough-and-tumble antics with Mikel Arteta stole the headlines from this tepid encounter, but Stoke manager Tony Pulis will surely be more concerned with his side’s plummeting form rather than the potential loss to suspension of a player who has made only seven outings this term with the return of a solitary goal.
It was perhaps fitting that, on a day when the Potters failed to muster a single shot on target, Owen was equally wayward with his attempted punch on Arsenal’s Spanish midfielder, connecting more with the air than flesh.
The former England striker should discover tomorrow whether the FA will look further into an incident which was overlooked at the time by referee Chris Foy.
The matter will not unduly bother Pulis, whose side sit bottom of the Premier League form table, having not won since Boxing Day when they defeated Liverpool.
Reading, Fulham and West Ham are next up for Stoke, who currently sit mid-table, while Arsenal, winners here thanks to Lukas Podolski’s deflected free kick in the 78th minute, travel to Sunderland next weekend.