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Summary

  1. Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Paulista, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Cazorla; Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez; Walcott
  2. Stoke XI: Butland; Bardsley, Cameron, Muniesa, Pieters; Whelan, van Ginkel; Diouf, Shaqiri, Arnautovic; Joselu

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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  1. FULL-TIME

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    All over and Stoke are well beaten. Arsenal could arguably have had more but for Jack Butland.

  2. PENALTY APPEAL

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Olivier Giroud falls inside the area under a challenge. Foul? Referee thinks not, and replays show it is the correct decision, with Giroud just losing his footing.

  3. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Stoke are going through the motions now, with this game beyond them. 

    The Potters are yet to register a win in this season, and it is their worst start to a season after five games since 2010.

  4. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Arsenal are not done yet as Jack Butland beats away a Laurent Koscielny effort.

  5. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Jermaine Jenas

    Former England midfielder on Final Score

    "If Arsenal fans aren't happy today I don't know what more their team can do. It's been some performance, they've been brilliant today. OK, they haven't put too many in the back of the net but they created so many chances."  

  6. GOAL - Arsenal 2-0 Stoke

    Olivier Giroud

    Game, set and match. Olivier Giroud nods in from Santi Cazorla's free-kick and that goal will leave Arsene Wenger with a big, beaming smile on his face. Both his main strikers getting the goals today.

    Olivier Giroud
  7. SUBSTITUTION

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    A double change for Arsenal as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mikel Arteta come on for final few minutes, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez the two to go off.

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  9. YELLOW CARD

    Phil Bardsley dives in on Alexis Sanchez, taking out his legs and missing the ball. Yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Stoke are tiring as we enter the final 10 minutes and Santi Cazorla almost exploits some space, but curls a shot wide.

  11. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Olivier Giroud, with his first touch, steers the ball wide from eight yards out after some shocking defending by Stoke. Should have been 2-0 but then Arsenal should have been out of sight ages ago.

  12. SUBSTITUTION

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Changes for both sides as Mame Diouf, who has had a very, very quiet game, is replaced by Bojan. 

    For Arsenal, goalscorer Theo Walcott goes off to big applause and on comes Olivier Giroud.

    The France international was booed while on international duty after missing a number of chances, what impact will that have had on his confidence?

  13. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    A bit of off the ball bother as Stoke break. As the visitors attack, Marko Arnautovic tangles with Gabriel, before the former tumbles to the floor as the two run towards the Arsenal area. Arnautovic is fuming with Gabriel.

  14. CLOSE!

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Another Arsenal attack as this time good work by Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil unlocks the Stoke defence, allowing the latter a clear sight of goal. He tries to poke the ball in at the near post, but Jack Butland denies him. 

    Moments later, Butland saves from Theo Walcott as the Arsenal forward springs the offside trap.

    Mesut Özil
  15. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Theo Walcott diverts a cross towards goal but it is too near Jack Butland and lacks power. That shot, I believe, was Arsenal's first shot on target since Walcott's opener.

  16. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Arsenal are back on the attack as Mesut Ozil's cross is flicked behind for a corner, the hosts' 10th of the game. Once again, though, it is wasted as Stoke clear.

  17. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Olivier Giroud, Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all warming up at the moment, but Arsene Wenger's focus remains on the pitch as Xherdan Shaqiri unleashes a fierce drive from the edge of the area. Petr Cech, gratefully, sees it blocked. Arsenal are wavering a bit now...

  18. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Jermaine Jenas

    Former England midfielder on Final Score

    "It was a good finish from Theo Walcott for the goal but I still have doubts about him playing  as a striker. He missed two big opportunities before that. For one of them, from six yards out he couldn't get his feet right and smashed the ball over the bar. 

    "I just think he'd get just as many goals as he does playing on the right wing."

  19. SUBSTITUTION

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes blinks first and makes the game's first change as Stephen Ireland comes on for Joselu.

    Mark Hughes
  20. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Arsenal fans' excitement builds as a lovely, flowing move sees Alexis Sanchez play a pass to Mesut Ozil, who in turn frees Aaron Ramsey wide right but the midfielder leans back too much as he shapes to shoot and fires high and wide.

    Arsenal are deservedly ahead, but they are still not quite clinical enough in the final third.

  21. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Arsenal have picked up where they had left off as they search for a second. Nacho Monreal is allowed to run unchallenged down the left, giving him the time and space to try and pick out Theo Walcott at the near post, but a Stoke defender sticks a leg out to put the ball behind.

    Theo Walcott
  22. KICK-OFF

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Can Arsenal put this game to bed with further goals in the coming 45 minutes?

    We are back under way.

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    Original Narrator:  Is it fair to young Oxlade-Chamberlain to be left on bench just to accommodate a place for Ramsey in the team? Huge talent frustrated. 

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  24. As it stands

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Arsenal

    As it stands, Arsenal are up to third while Stoke are 18th. Look at Chelsea down there, too.

    Stoke
  25. Stoke still cannot get out of their half...

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Arsenal only lead 1-0 despite enjoying 72% of possession in the first half, and their heatmap (left) shows how they have seen lots of the ball all over the pitch. Stoke, in contrast, still have not really got out of their half as can be seen by their heatmap on the right, although Marko Arnautovic is at least giving them something of an outlet down their left wing.

    Arsenal (l) and Stoke (r) heatmap of possession
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  27. HALF-TIME

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC football commentator

    "Arsenal lead through Theo Walcott's goal, but Jack Butland has largely kept Arsenal at bay and the Gunners are always vulnerable at 1-0."

  28. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    One minute of added time at the end of the 45, with Stoke on the attack at the moment...

  29. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Give Theo Walcott a ball to chase and not too much time to think about it, brilliant. Give him more time on the ball to fashion a move, though, and he's not so good. 

    The Gunners build another attack as Alexis Sanchez charges forward, he plays the ball wide to Santi Cazorla, who then feeds a low pass to Walcott inside the area. The forward tries to flick the ball round his marker and chase, but fails to do either.

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    James:  Wenger made the wrong team selection putting Walcott up front, says Chris Sutton... 

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  31. Route one - Arsenal style

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    In graphical form, Arsenal's goal does not look like much - anyone can play a long ball forward, right? In reality, it was a thing of beauty. Mesut Ozil played the precision pass, Theo Walcott supplied the simple finish and the Gunners take the lead.

    Arsenal goal
  32. YELLOW CARD

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Mesut Ozil is the first man in the book this afternoon as his attempts to regain possession are deemed a little too aggressive.

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  34. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    That goal, by the way, is the first Arsenal fans have been able to celebrate at home this season.

    On this show so far, you wouldn't bet against them celebrating a few more this afternoon...

  35. Post update

  36. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Jermaine Jenas

    Former England midfielder on Final Score

    "That is the type of goal Theo Walcott scores from the right wing, when he's running on to the ball cutting inside from deep. That isn't a problem for him. It's when he's playing around the box that the problems come."

  37. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Arsenal, though, cannot afford to take it easy as Stoke almost respond with their first real attack of the game, Joselu fizzing a low shot through a crowd but straight at Petr Cech.

  38. Post update

    Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Chris Sutton

    Former Blackburn striker on Final Score

    "A wonderful ball from Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott's dangerous when he can run into the space behind a defence. And it was an excellent, composed finish."  

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  40. GOAL - Arsenal 1-0 Stoke

    Theo Walcott

    Brilliant from Arsenal and fully deserved! Francis Coquelin wins the ball deep inside his own half, quickly passes to Mesut Ozil, who picks a sublime pass for Theo Walcott to chase and he finishes confidently. 

    Who says Walcott is not an out and out striker?

    Theo Walcott
  41. Can the Gunners make possession pay?

    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke

    The Gunners continue to dominate possession and continue to press. Still no way through for them yet though.

    Arsenal possession
  42. CLOSE!

    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke

    Next to sting the hands of Jack Butland is Santi Cazorla with a fierce drive from inside the area.

  43. Post update

    Arsneal 0-0 Stoke

    Jack Butland is definitely earning his coin today as Laurent Koscielny is allowed to roam forward unchecked. With no opposition shirt around him, the defender decides to have a pop from 35 yards and only a brilliant save by Butland denies him.

  44. Post update

    Chris Sutton

    Former Blackburn striker on Final Score

    "Mark Hughes won't be happy with the performance of Stoke and the way the match is panning out, though he'd take 0-0 as the result as his team are just holding on. 

    "Arsenal should be two, three, even four ahead at this point."

  45. 'Phenomenal Sanchez'

    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke

    Jermaine Jenas

    Former England midfielder on Final Score

    "Arsenal are off to flyer. Alexis Sanchez is phenomenal. He's really got the bit between his teeth today."  

    Alexis Sanchez
  46. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke

    After that brief foray into nosebleed territory for Stoke, Arsenal are back on the offensive as Francis Coquelin arrows a ball into the area, trying to pick out Theo Walcott, but the pass has too much power and goes beyond the forward.

  47. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke

    They have spent the opening quarter-of-an-hour defending but Stoke have a chance now as they win a free-kick some 30 yards from goal. 

    Xherdan Shaqiri takes it, floating the ball into the middle of the box but Petr Cech strides out confidently to punch the ball away.

    Xherdan Shaqiri
  48. Stoke cannot get out of their half

    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke

    The game has mostly been played in Stoke's half so far - Arsenal's heat-map on the left shows how they have dominated play thanks to their 73% possession, while Stoke (on the right) have barely seen the ball and have hardly made it to the other side of the half-way line.

    Heatmap
  49. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke

    Now Theo Walcott puts on the afterburners to lead a break. He cuts inside Geoff Cameron but his shot is straight down Jack Butland's throat.

    How is this still goalless?

    Theo Walcott
  50. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke

    Alexis Sanchez is everywhere at the moment and he sees a goal-bound shot blocked after some good work by Mesut Ozil opens up the chance inside the area.

    Alexis Sanchez
  51. Post update

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  53. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke

    My word! Arsenal denied again by the woodwork as this time Alexis Sanchez's crisp, low strike skims across the surface of the pitch and hits the bottom of the right upright.

    Arsene Wenger scratches his brow in frustration, but Stoke are riding their luck at the moment.

  54. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke

    Another chance for Arsenal as Alexis Sanchez curls a free-kick over the wall and towards the far post, but Jack Butland gets across to push the ball behind for a corner.

    The Gunners are certainly keeping Butland on his toes with this fine start.

  55. GREAT SAVE!

    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke

    Good from Arsenal! Santi Cazorla floats the ball into the middle of the box and Alexis Sanchez rises to head goalwards but Jack Butland does superbly to push the ball on to the post. Theo Walcott then skews a shot wide from the rebound.

  56. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke

    Typically patient passing from Arsenal in the very early stages as they test out the Stoke defence. Aaron Ramsey clips a pass out wide to Nacho Monreal, but his ball into the box is a bad one and Stoke clear.

  57. KICK-OFF

    Arsenal 0-0 Stoke

    Off we go then! Stoke get things under way.

  58. Post update

    Arsenal v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    The players stroll out on to the pitch at Emirates Stadium with lovely blue skies above. Arsene Wenger seeks out Mark Hughes to shake his hand and we are a couple of minutes away from kick off.

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  60. Post update

    Chris Sutton

    Former Blackburn striker on Final Score

    "To score goals you have to create chances and sides always sit in when they visit the Emirates. Arsenal have just not been incisive enough so far this season."

  61. Good stat/bad stat

    Arsenal average a league-high 65% ball possession this season, but it comes with a catch - the Gunners have the second lowest shot conversion percentage in the Premier League. 

    Will they develop the cutting edge today that they have been missing so far this season?

  62. Stoke 'have no fear'

    Arsenal v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    Quote Message: We feel we are better equipped to deal with Arsenal on the road now. We have players who can cause them problems. They have struggled at home, surprisingly, and maybe on the back of a break, going there this weekend could be a good time to go. Maybe teams used to fear going to the big clubs but that isn't the case any more. They travel with the intention of causing problems. from Mark Hughes Stoke manager
    Mark HughesStoke manager
  63. 'No bad blood'

    Arsenal v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    Quote Message: Stoke have been here a long time in the Premier League and they have improved their technical quality. They have always had good teams and overall when we go to Stoke they are always specially motivated against us. There is a little bit of history because of what happened and overall it was always very difficult for us. For me there was never bad blood, it was just a game that was always very difficult for us. from Arsene Wenger Arsenal boss
    Arsene WengerArsenal boss
  64. Chelsea feeling the blues...

    Chelsea

    Arsenal fans may not be best pleased with how things are going so far but it could be worse. 

    Chelsea, the defending Premier League champions, have just lost 3-1 to Everton. If results go against them, the Blues could be in the relegation zone on Monday.

    What's going on?

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    Arsenal v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger has made a rather bold claim that Arsenal have enough firepower to fight for the title this season - challenging Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez to score 20 goals each. Do you agree with Wenger, Arsenal fans?

    And Stoke supporters. Are you concerned with your side's start to the season? Or are you confident enough that performances suggest the results will come?

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  67. Lawro predicts...

    Arsenal v Stoke

    Stoke are still without a Premier League win this season, which is a surprise, but do I really fancy them to go Arsenal and win? No, I don't.

    The Gunners have only picked up one point from their first two home games, but they were unlucky to have a perfectly legitimate goal ruled out in their draw with Liverpool and I think they will have something to celebrate at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

    Lawro's prediction : 2-0

  68. MOTD commentator's view

    Arsenal v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC football commentator

    "It was 29 August 1981 when Stoke last won at Arsenal.

    "It was a month after Prince Charles married Princess Diana. Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett had broken the world mile record three times in 10 days and Aneka's Japanese Boy knocked Shakin' Stevens' Green Door off number one in the charts. 

    "With Charlie Adam and Ibrahim Afellay banned and Mame Diouf possibly injured, their hopes of causing Arsenal the sort of headaches they do at the Britannia Stadium don't look bright.

    "But Arsenal have found scoring at home problematic. Couple that with Stoke's durable away record of four draws in five and it could be a frustrating day for home fans."

  69. Team news

    Arsenal v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    Just the one change for Arsenal as Mesut Ozil returns from injury and replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Theo Walcott starts in attack for the second game in a row.

    Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Paulista, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Cazorla; Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez; Walcott. Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell, Giroud.

    Arsenal

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes makes three changes with the injured Glen Johnson missing out and Charlie Adam and Ibrahim Afellay suspended. Phil Bardsley, Joselu and Marko Arnautovic come into the side. Striker Jon Walters misses out with a knee injury.

    Stoke XI: Butland; Bardsley, Cameron, Muniesa, Pieters; Whelan, van Ginkel; Diouf, Shaqiri, Arnautovic; Joselu. Subs: Given, Wollscheid, Wilson, Ireland, Sidwell, Bojan, Crouch.

    Stoke
  70. Predict the result

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    Arsenal fans have enjoyed a strong start to the season in our new Predictor game - they are fifth in the leaderboard when it comes to guessing the outcome of Premier League fixtures. Stoke's supporters haven't fared quite so well - they're in 16th.

    You can help your team move up the leaderboard by predicting the outcome of this match and the rest of the weekend's top-flight fixtures here.

  71. Post update

    Arsenal v Stoke

    Arsenal

    Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary on Arsenal versus Stoke. Don't want to miss a thing from this fixture? Then stay right here. Also worth opening another window in your browser for our Saturday football live text page for all the scores from everywhere else.

    After drawing blanks in their two home games so far this season, can the Gunners get at least a goal, and a win, today?

  72. Stoke to stand and deliver?

    Arsenal v Stoke (15:00 BST)

    Adam and the Ants
    Image caption: Adam and the Ants were number one in the charts with "Stand and deliver" in the year Stoke last won at Arsenal

    For 34 years, the visit of Stoke has been a welcome fixture for Arsenal.

    Not since 1981 have the Potters managed to a record a win at the Gunners - a year when the first London marathon was held, a Ricky Villa wonder goal won the FA Cup for Tottenham against Manchester City and Adam and the Ants were riding high in the charts.

    Since, then Arsenal have won all 13 meetings with Stoke on home soil. Will the visitors 'stand and deliver' the three points to the hosts once again?

  73. Post update

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