Arsenal vs Stoke City

Arsenal 3 V Stoke 1

  • FT 90' +5
  • HT 2-1

Barclays Premier League Date: Sunday, 22nd September Kick off: 13:30 BST Venue: Emirates Stadium

Key events

  • Arsenal Goal Ramsey 5'
  • Stoke City Goal Cameron 26'
  • Arsenal Goal Mertesacker 36'
  • Arsenal Goal Sagna 72'

Match details Top

22 September 2013 Updated 14:46 GMT

By Alistair Magowan - BBC Sport

Mesut Ozil had a hand in all three Arsenal goals as they chalked up their seventh consecutive victory by comfortably beating Stoke.

Aaron Ramsey notched his seventh goal in eight games by knocking in after Asmir Begovic saved Ozil's free-kick.

Stoke equalised before the break when Geoff Cameron steered in after Marko Arnautovic hit the post.

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Arsenal 3-1 Stoke: Arsene Wenger hails 'very important' win

Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna then headed in Ozil set-pieces as Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League.

This result was another demonstration of how Ramsey and Ozil, making his home debut, are becoming pivotal players for the Gunners.

Yet with a still lengthy injury list, there was a further worry for Wenger when Theo Walcott was ruled out before kick-off with a pelvic abdominal injury. However, his 18-year-old German deputy, Serge Gnabry, looked comfortable in his first game of the season.

Mikel Arteta also returned for the final 10 minutes following a thigh problem.

By that stage, victory was sealed in another game where Ozil, watched by Germany coach Jochim Loew, looked like he has been in the Arsenal side for years rather than the three weeks since his deadline-day move from Real Madrid.

And he performed a slight twist on this match by contributing to the type of goals usually associated with Arsenal's opponents.

It was from Ozil's free-kick that Ramsey continued his fine goalscoring run. Charlie Adam's trip on Jack Wilshere led to the set-piece and, when Ozil curled it over the wall, Begovic could only parry it into Ramsey's path.

After suffering a broken leg in a challenge from Stoke's Ryan Shawcross in 2010, the goal allowed Ramsey to put a positive slant on this fixture and show how he is evolving into a composed finisher.

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Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City: Mark Hughes rues set-piece weaknesses

Shawcross continued to be booed for his part in that incident but, despite allowing Arsenal to enjoy healthy spells of possession in the first period, Stoke were tidy with the ball when they got it and equalised midway through the first half.

Cameron was the driving force behind the goal, winning the ball near the halfway line and passing to Steven Nzonzi before continuing his run down the right. And, when Arnautovic fired against the post from Nzonzi's centre, it was Cameron who steered past Wojciech Szczesny from 16 yards for his first Stoke goal.

The visitors could have gone ahead had Kenwyne Jones been able to control Shawcross's long pass but it was the hosts who created more chances and went ahead before the break when Mertesacker headed in Ozil's corner.

That pattern continued soon after half-time as Gnabry grew in confidence, perhaps a status recognised by Robert Huth as the German knocked his fellow countryman to the floor in the build-up to Olivier Giroud's stinging effort.

But, despite holding a goal advantage, Arsenal's grip on possession began to slip and Stoke enjoyed their best spell with some slick passing and could have equalised again, only for Szczesny to stop Marc Wilson's angled effort from 18 yards.

Despite their evolution under Mark Hughes, where they have relied less on longer passes, Stoke were still robust in midfield.

Yet, with Ozil's accuracy from set-pieces, the Potters failed to heed the warning of committing fouls around their own penalty area and the record £42.4m signing showed all of his quality to curl another delivery onto Sagna's head for the completion of a straightforward Arsenal win.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "We are disappointed with the manner of the goals, we lost three goals to set plays and that's not something we usually do. And I don't think there are many occasions where they score from free-kicks or from balls into the box.

"We showed good courage to get on level terms, but their second goal was disappointing. In the second half we looked like we were the more likely to score and when they got a third it took the wind out of our sails."

Lineups Top

Arsenal starting eleven

  • 1 Szczesny
  • 3 Sagna
  • 28 Gibbs
  • 16 Ramsey
  • 4 Mertesacker
  • 6 Koscielny
  • 44 Gnabry (substituted for Miyaichi at 73 minutes')
  • 20 Flamini
  • 12 Giroud
  • 11 Özil (substituted for Arteta at 80 minutes')
  • 10 Wilshere (substituted for Monreal at 73 minutes')

Stoke starting eleven

  • 1 Begovic
  • 20 Cameron
  • 3 Pieters (substituted for Palacios at 67 minutes')
  • 15 N'Zonzi
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 4 Huth booked at 53 minutes
  • 19 Walters
  • 12 Wilson
  • 9 Jones (substituted for Pennant at 75 minutes')
  • 16 Adam (substituted for Ireland at 59 minutes' who was booked at 91 minutes)
  • 10 Arnautovic

Arsenal Substitutes

  • 5 Vermaelen
  • 8 Arteta
  • 13 Viviano
  • 17 Monreal
  • 23 Bendtner
  • 25 Jenkinson
  • 31 Miyaichi

Stoke Substitutes

  • 6 Whelan
  • 7 Pennant
  • 8 Palacios
  • 25 Crouch
  • 26 Etherington
  • 29 Sørensen
  • 32 Ireland
Referee
Mike Dean
Attendance
60,002

Match stats Top

Possession
Arsenal 50%
Stoke 50%
Shots
Arsenal 17
Stoke 10
Shots on target
Arsenal 9
Stoke 3
Corners
Arsenal 6
Stoke 7
Fouls
Arsenal 8
Stoke 14

Arsenal Stoke

Live text commentary Top

  1. Match Finished
    Match ends, Arsenal 3, Stoke City 1.
  2. 90'+5'
    Full Time
    Second Half ends, Arsenal 3, Stoke City 1.
  3. 90'+4'
    Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mikel Arteta with a cross following a corner.
  4. 90'+4'
    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Marko Arnautovic.
  5. 90'+3'
    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.
  6. 90'+3'
    Attempt saved. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.
  7. 90'+3'
    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  8. 90'+3'
    Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).
  9. 90'+1'
    Booking
    Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  10. 90'+1'
    Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).
  11. 90'+1'
    Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  12. 89'
    Foul by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal).
  13. 89'
    Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  14. 87'
    Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  15. 87'
    Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).
  16. 83'
    Attempt blocked. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  17. 83'
    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Bacary Sagna.
  18. 80'
    Substitution
    Substitution, Arsenal. Mikel Arteta replaces Mesut Özil.
  19. 79'
    Foul by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).
  20. 79'
    Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  21. 78'
    Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  22. 78'
    Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).
  23. 77'
    Attempt missed. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.
  24. 77'
    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Bacary Sagna.
  25. 77'
    Attempt blocked. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Walters with a headed pass.
  26. 76'
    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Ryo Miyaichi.
  27. 75'
    Substitution
    Substitution, Stoke City. Jermaine Pennant replaces Kenwyne Jones.
  28. 74'
    Attempt saved. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Ireland.
  29. 73'
    Substitution
    Substitution, Arsenal. Nacho Monreal replaces Jack Wilshere.
  30. 73'
    Substitution
    Substitution, Arsenal. Ryo Miyaichi replaces Serge Gnabry.
  31. 72'
    Goal!
    Goal! Arsenal 3, Stoke City 1. Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross following a set piece situation.
  32. 71'
    Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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