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.

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.

Stoke's woes at Arsenal

  • Stoke have lost on all six Premier League visits to the Emirates
  • They last beat Arsenal in north London in 1981

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.

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.

All change at the top

  • During the whole of the 2012-13 season the Premier League lead changed hands only four times. So far, after five games of 2013-14, it has changed hands seven times.

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."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 03 Sagna
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 28 Gibbs
  • 10 Wilshere (Monreal - 73' )
  • 11 Ozil (Arteta - 80' )
  • 16 Ramsey
  • 20 Flamini
  • 44 Gnabry (Miyaichi - 73' )
  • 12 Giroud

Substitutes

  • 13 Viviano
  • 05 Vermaelen
  • 17 Monreal
  • 25 Jenkinson
  • 08 Arteta
  • 31 Miyaichi
  • 23 Bendtner

Stoke

  • 01 Begovic
  • 03 Pieters (Palacios - 67' )
  • 04 Huth Booked
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 20 Cameron
  • 10 Arnautovic
  • 12 Wilson
  • 15 Nzonzi
  • 16 Adam (Ireland - 59' Booked )
  • 19 Walters
  • 09 Jones (Pennant - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 29 Sorensen
  • 06 Whelan
  • 07 Pennant
  • 08 Palacios
  • 26 Etherington
  • 32 Ireland
  • 25 Crouch
Ref: Dean
Att: 60,002

Match Stats

Shots

16 9

On target

8 3

Corners

6 7

Fouls

8 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:13 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +4:00

Olivier Giroud takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.

90:00 +3:56

Mikel Arteta delivers the ball.

90:00 +3:53

Short corner taken by Mathieu Flamini.

90:00 +3:28

Aaron Ramsey takes a short corner.

90:00 +2:51

Aaron Ramsey takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Asmir Begovic parries the ball away.

90:00 +2:24

Aaron Ramsey takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Olivier Giroud by Ryan Shawcross.

90:00 +0:46

Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

90:00 +0:32 Booking

Booking

90:00 +0:32

Stephen Ireland shown a yellow card.

90:00 +0:25

Mikel Arteta fouled by Stephen Ireland, the ref awards a free kick.

89:31

The ball is swung over by Marc Wilson.

89:16

Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.

88:42

Free kick taken by Robert Huth.

88:33

Nacho Monreal challenges Geoff Cameron unfairly and gives away a free kick.

88:04

The ball is crossed by Ryo Miyaichi.

86:36

Jonathan Walters challenges Per Mertesacker unfairly and gives away a free kick.

86:34

Geoff Cameron sends in a cross.

86:03

Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.

86:02

A cross is delivered by Geoff Cameron.

84:25

Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.

84:24

A cross is delivered by Marc Wilson.

83:26

Mathieu Flamini manages to make a clearance.

83:25

Marko Arnautovic produces a cross.

82:46

Marko Arnautovic takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Nacho Monreal.

82:43

Clearance by Mathieu Flamini.

82:41

Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant.

82:20

Bacary Sagna makes a clearance.

82:19

Marc Wilson delivers the ball.

79:42 Substitution

Substitution Mikel Arteta comes on in place of Mesut Ozil.

78:25

Free kick taken by Jermaine Pennant.

78:01

Per Mertesacker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters.

77:37

Aaron Ramsey takes the free kick.

77:30

Foul by Jonathan Walters on Aaron Ramsey, free kick awarded.

76:53

Header by Ryan Shawcross misses to the right of the target.

76:50

The ball is crossed by Jermaine Pennant.

76:47

Clearance by Kieran Gibbs.

76:44

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jermaine Pennant.

76:18

Ryan Shawcross has an effort at goal. Blocked by Bacary Sagna.

76:15

Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line.

75:52

Ryo Miyaichi makes a clearance.

75:52

The ball is swung over by Marc Wilson.

74:40 Substitution

Substitution Jermaine Pennant on for Kenwyne Jones.

74:13

Clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.

73:38

Marko Arnautovic has an effort at goal. Wojciech Szczesny safely holds on.

72:19 Substitution

Substitution Nacho Monreal comes on in place of Jack Wilshere.

72:04 Substitution

Substitution Ryo Miyaichi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Serge Gnabry.

71:12

The assist for the goal came from Mesut Ozil.

71:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Bacary Sagna - Arsenal 3 - 1 Stoke Bacary Sagna grabs a goal with a headed effort. Arsenal 3-1 Stoke.

71:09

Mesut Ozil sends in a cross. Free kick taken by Mesut Ozil.

70:39

Jonathan Walters concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere.

68:59

Header by Robert Huth misses left.

68:56

Corner taken by Stephen Ireland.

68:30

Mathieu Flamini manages to make a clearance.

68:29

The ball is crossed by Geoff Cameron.

67:43

The ball is delivered by Steven Nzonzi.

66:39 Substitution

Substitution Wilson Palacios replaces Erik Pieters.

64:26

Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

63:58

The assistant referee signals for offside against Marko Arnautovic.

63:31

Serge Gnabry makes a clearance.

63:28

Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.

63:27

Header at goal by Ryan Shawcross misses left of the target.

63:24

Corner taken by Stephen Ireland.

62:56

Shot by Marc Wilson. A parry by Wojciech Szczesny prevents the goal.

62:25

Mesut Ozil has an effort at goal. Asmir Begovic safely holds on.

62:22

Robert Huth makes a clearance.

59:24

Free kick crossed by Mesut Ozil.

58:56

Foul by Erik Pieters on Serge Gnabry, free kick awarded.

58:36 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Adam goes off and Stephen Ireland comes on.

56:42

Shot by Olivier Giroud went over the bar.

55:56

Clearance by Ryan Shawcross.

55:54

Mesut Ozil restarts play with the free kick.

55:07

Marc Wilson challenges Olivier Giroud unfairly and gives away a free kick.

53:40

Aaron Ramsey takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Jonathan Walters.

53:38

Robert Huth makes a clearance.

53:09

Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.

53:06

Corner taken by Mesut Ozil from the right by-line.

52:42

Robert Huth is cautioned.

52:42 Booking

Booking

52:20

Olivier Giroud takes the chance to get an effort at goal. A parry by Asmir Begovic prevents the goal.

51:40

Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.

51:38

Charlie Adam fouled by Kieran Gibbs, the ref awards a free kick.

50:39

Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.

50:38

Erik Pieters delivers the ball.

48:40

Serge Gnabry takes a shot. Asmir Begovic catches the ball.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +3:04 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +2:05

Free kick taken by Mesut Ozil.

45:00 +1:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Huth on Olivier Giroud.

45:00 +1:33

The ball is delivered by Erik Pieters.

45:00 +1:01

Olivier Giroud has an effort at goal. Blocked by Robert Huth.

42:25

Erik Pieters makes a clearance.

42:24

Serge Gnabry produces a cross.

41:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Erik Pieters on Serge Gnabry.

40:56

Ryan Shawcross restarts play with the free kick.

40:35

The referee blows for offside against Olivier Giroud.

39:59

Shot by Serge Gnabry went wide of the left-hand post.

35:07

The assist for the goal came from Mesut Ozil.

35:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Per Mertesacker - Arsenal 2 - 1 Stoke Per Mertesacker scores. Arsenal 2-1 Stoke.

35:05

Corner from the right by-line taken by Mesut Ozil.

34:27

Jonathan Walters manages to make a clearance.

34:24

Mesut Ozil crosses the ball in from the free kick.

33:51

Ryan Shawcross gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Olivier Giroud.

32:30

Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.

31:43

Foul by Laurent Koscielny on Jonathan Walters, free kick awarded.

31:36

Headed chance falls to Per Mertesacker. Erik Pieters gets a block in.

31:34

Corner taken by Mesut Ozil from the right by-line.

31:09

Jack Wilshere has an effort at goal. Erik Pieters gets a block in.

30:19

The ball is swung over by Kenwyne Jones.

30:10

Charlie Adam produces a cross.

29:46

Clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.

29:45

Serge Gnabry sends in a cross.

29:40

Clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.

27:57

Aaron Ramsey manages to make a clearance.

27:55

Corner from the left by-line taken by Charlie Adam.

25:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Geoff Cameron - Arsenal 1 - 1 Stoke Geoff Cameron scores a left footed goal. Arsenal 1-1 Stoke.

25:26

Marko Arnautovic takes the chance to get an effort at goal and hits the post.

24:10

Kieran Gibbs takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

23:48

Clearance made by Erik Pieters.

23:04

Unfair challenge on Mesut Ozil by Steven Nzonzi results in a free kick.

22:56

Clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

22:53

Corner from the right by-line taken by Charlie Adam.

22:24

Clearance made by Kieran Gibbs.

22:22

Olivier Giroud manages to make a clearance.

22:20

Charlie Adam delivers the ball.

22:18

Serge Gnabry manages to make a clearance.

22:16

Charlie Adam crosses the ball in from the free kick.

21:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bacary Sagna on Charlie Adam.

19:04

Charlie Adam delivers the ball.

16:09

Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.

16:07

Jonathan Walters sends in a cross.

15:48

Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.

15:09

Jack Wilshere challenges Ryan Shawcross unfairly and gives away a free kick.

13:39

Corner taken by Mesut Ozil from the right by-line.

12:35

Kieran Gibbs takes the free kick.

12:05

Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Wilshere.

10:44

Marc Wilson restarts play with the free kick.

10:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Wilshere on Charlie Adam.

9:39

Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.

9:38

Clearance made by Geoff Cameron.

9:37

Kieran Gibbs delivers the ball.

8:49

Ryan Shawcross takes the free kick.

8:28

Jonathan Walters fouled by Kieran Gibbs, the ref awards a free kick.

7:57

Aaron Ramsey restarts play with the free kick.

7:40

Unfair challenge on Mesut Ozil by Geoff Cameron results in a free kick.

4:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Aaron Ramsey - Arsenal 1 - 0 Stoke Aaron Ramsey grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Arsenal 1-0 Stoke.

4:21

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Mesut Ozil. Asmir Begovic parries the ball but the danger is not over.

3:21

Foul by Charlie Adam on Jack Wilshere, free kick awarded.

1:20

Mathieu Flamini restarts play with the free kick.

1:19

Free kick taken by Mesut Ozil.

1:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Olivier Giroud by Robert Huth.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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