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Stoke City 3-2 Arsenal

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Bojan (second from left)
Bojan (second from left) was exceptional for Stoke against Arsenal
  • Stoke score three in first half
  • Aaron Ramsey scores brilliant volley
  • Calum Chambers sent off late on
  • One win at Britannia in nine for Gunners

Stoke scored three first-half goals to again stun Arsenal who staged a brilliant yet unsuccessful fightback at the Britannia Stadium.

Peter Crouch slotted in after only 19 seconds, before Bojan sidefooted in the second and Jon Walters crashed in to make it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time.

Santi Cazorla scored from the spot and Aaron Ramsey volleyed in from a corner soon after to give the Gunners hope.

Wenger: "Arsenal were too soft"

However, Calum Chambers was shown a second yellow late on as Stoke held on.

Mark Hughes' side deserved the victory for their early bravado, while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will surely regard the opening 45 minutes as the worst he has seen from his team this season. And as good a comeback as it was, the statistics now read that it is now only one win in nine visits to the Staffordshire club.

Arsenal's first-half defensive display was as calamitous as those against Liverpool. and Chelsea last season.

It all started to go wrong after just 19 seconds when Steven N'Zonzi whipped in a cross from the right and found Crouch, who steadied himself before placing his shot past Martinez.

Olivier Giroud should have equalised with a header from four yards, and both he and his team were punished for the miss when ex-Barcelona player Bojan - one of the day's best performers - opened up his foot to convert Walters' cross.

Peter Crouch and Cristiano Ronaldo
Peter Crouch tweeted a picture of his 'Cristiano Ronaldo' celebration alongside the man himself

The provider then capped off a great half for the Potters when he smashed in the third into the roof of the net from close range.

Wenger's team applied themselves far better after the break, bringing on Danny Welbeck to add more potency to the attack.

However, the visitors were lucky not go 4-0 down when Bojan cut inside before firing past Damian Martinez. The Spaniard and his team-mates ran off celebrating, but the goal was overruled as a result of Mame Biram Diouf being offside.

They capitalised on that bit of fortune when Cazorla converted from the spot after Mathieu Flamini had been clipped by Diouf.

Stoke fully deserved to win - Hughes

Welbeck, who earlier had a shot deflected wide, then had a hand in the second. His fierce shot was tipped over, but led to the corner that Ramsey scored from. The Wales international showed great poise as he watched the ball before firing low into the corner.

Arsenal continued pressing to find that all-important equaliser, but their hopes of salvaging a point were rocked when Chambers was shown a second yellow for pulling back Bojan.

Five minutes of injury time were played, but Hughes' side survived for yet another memorable win over the Premier League giants.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes:

"We've been disappointed in recent weeks. That's why I was looking forward to this game because we weren't playing badly and we felt there were opportunities today to test Arsenal and that's what we did.

"We were encouraged by the early goal, obviously. You don't expect to score after 20 seconds.

"From that point onwards I thought our play was good, and it was an outstanding second goal by Bojan, who once again has put in a really impressive performance.

"Since he's come back into the side, he's arguably been our man of the match in every game."

Stoke's Bojan
Stoke's Bojan scored one and was unlucky not to score two
Stoke's Jon Walters
Stoke's Jon Walters added the third - taking his total to six for the season
Arsenal's Santi Cazorla scores
Arsenal's Santi Cazorla gave his side a glimmer of hope with his converted penalty
Aaron Ramsey volleys in
Aaron Ramsey's volley sent the away fans wild, but there was to be no further joy for the Gunners

Line-ups

Stoke

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Begovic
  • 2Bardsley
  • 17Shawcross
  • 5MuniesaBooked at 44minsSubstituted forWhelanat 63'minutes
  • 3Pieters
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 20Cameron
  • 19Walters
  • 27BojanSubstituted forHuthat 87'minutes
  • 18DioufSubstituted forAdamat 69'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 25CrouchBooked at 46mins

Substitutes

  • 4Huth
  • 6Whelan
  • 7Ireland
  • 16Adam
  • 22Butland
  • 24Assaidi
  • 34Shenton

Arsenal

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Martinez
  • 39BellerinSubstituted forWelbeckat 45'minutes
  • 21ChambersBooked at 78mins
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 3GibbsBooked at 71minsSubstituted forCampbellat 90+2'minutes
  • 20Flamini
  • 16Ramsey
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainBooked at 72mins
  • 19Cazorla
  • 17Sánchez
  • 12GiroudSubstituted forPodolskiat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Szczesny
  • 6Koscielny
  • 9Podolski
  • 23Welbeck
  • 28Campbell
  • 37Ajayi
  • 70Maitland-Niles
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
27,367

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home17
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 3, Arsenal 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 3, Arsenal 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Joel Campbell replaces Kieran Gibbs.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Robert Huth replaces Bojan.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

  9. Booking

    Charlie Adam (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bojan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Charlie Adam.

  13. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Calum Chambers (Arsenal) for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Calum Chambers (Arsenal).

  15. Post update

    Bojan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Arsenal. Mathieu Flamini tries a through ball, but Alexis Sánchez is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs.

  19. Booking

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea15113134132136
2Man City15103232141833
3Southampton1482424101426
4Man Utd147432416825
5West Ham147342317624
6Arsenal156542418623
7Newcastle156541718-123
8Swansea146441914522
9Liverpool156361919021
10Tottenham156361821-321
11Everton154652423118
12Stoke155371720-318
13Aston Villa14446818-1016
14Sunderland152941323-1015
15Crystal Palace153571823-514
16West Brom153571420-614
17QPR154291627-1114
18Hull152761521-613
19Burnley152671024-1412
20Leicester142481424-1010
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