Arsenal 1-0 Stoke City: As It Happened
Arsenal 1-0 Stoke
Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Arteta, Diaby (Cazorla 68'), Wilshere; Walcott (Ramsey 90+1'), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Podolski 68'), Giroud
Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Santos, Ramsey, Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski
Stoke: Begovic; Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson; Walters (Jerome 84'), Cameron (Owen 84'), Nzonzi, Whelan; Etherington, Crouch (Jones 84')
Subs: Sørenson, Jones, Owen, Adam, Whitehead, Kightly, Jerome
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It's one-nil to the Arsenal, as Lukas Podolski's deflected free-kick proves the difference in the end. Not the most stylish performance from the Gunners, but it didn't need to be against a team like Stoke.
Arsenal showed the defensive solidity that they have so lacked in recent games, defending Stoke's few corners and set-pieces well. And they were generally threatening when they had the ball, fashioning several chances that only stayed out due to the heroics of Asmir Begovic.
All in all, just what the doctor ordered for Arsenal, as they start February off with three points in vintage fashion.
90+5'—Can't be much more in this now, as we move into stoppage time on stoppage time. Arsenal fans howling for the final whistle.
90+4'—The lid's coming off this one now, as Michael Owen and Jack Wilshere get in each other's faces after a 50-50 challenge in midfield.
Doesn't look like the referee will show any cards. The original incident was a hard, but fair challenge by Mikel Arteta on Owen.
"One-nil to the football team" is the apt chant at the Emirates.
Aaron Ramsey comes on for Theo Walcott, who gets a standing ovation from Arsenal fans after putting in a real shift today. One of Arsenal's most threatening players on the day.
90+1'—Four minutes of stoppage time awarded by the referee.
90'—Ooh, Ryan Shawcross clattered into Laurent Koscileny in midfield and looked to have stuck his studs squarely in the inside of his thigh, close to the, uh, "male area."
That's excruciating on a number of levels. The Stoke captain gets a yellow card, and that's the minimal penalty for that challenge.
87'—Stoke doing a bit better in attack after the substitutions, but still not threatening Wojciech Szczesny much.
Arsenal seem fairly comfortable to keep the ball and take the game to their opponents.
84'—Stoke triple substitution
Cameron Jerome for Peter Crouch
Michael Owen for Geoff Cameron, and
Kenwyne Jones for someone who I'll inform tell you in a minute.
82'—Corner Arsenal, as the Gunners keep the pressure level extremely high. Podolski and Cazorla have been wonderful since coming on.
Lukas Podolski smashed it low, the ball took a massive deflection off a Stoke player and left Asmir Begovic helpless as it bounced into the back of the net.
There was a bit of controversy as the linesman ruled that there was no goal for offside, but Chris Foy correctly overruled him and Arsenal lead 1-0.
77'—Walcott fouled right on the edge of the box by Andy Wilkinson, and it's an easy yellow card for him. Stomped on the back of Walcott's leg there.
Free-kicks are tough to score from this range, but a skilled taker certainly can do so.
Arsenal need to pretend they are a goal down because there is no urgency about their play whatsoever and rarely is until they go behind. 0-0— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) February 2, 2013
73'—Good cross from Cazorla produces an Olivier Giroud header, but Asmir Begovic was always confident that it was going wide.
Almost all Arsenal now.
71'—Arsenal stream forward on a counterattack off a free-kick, and Glen Whelan picks up a yellow card for hauling Santi Cazorla down in midfield. Probably a necessary challenge, as that looked like it could have been Arsenal's moment.
Santi Cazorla comes on for Abou Diaby to add the creative spark that Arsenal have been missing at times.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain makes way for Lukas Podolski in a like-for-like switch.
67'—Walcott's down in the box and seems in a good bit of pain. Looks like he was unintentionally elbowed in the face by Andy Wilkinson.
Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla being prepared for entry, as Arsene Wenger rightly looks to pull out the big guns to get three points.
63'—Arsenal still on the front foot, but they haven't threatened Asmir Begovic nearly as much as at other points during the game.
One point won't be enough for the Gunners today in their fight for fourth place.
57'—Excellent move from Arsenal but Olivier Giroud can't find the finishing touch.
Jack Wilshere ran into the box, cut it back for the Frenchman and Robert Huth just did enough to put him off. In the end, the ball was blasted into Row Z.
55'—It's rather incredible to see Arsenal literally stand still over a stationary ball outside the box while Stoke are content to park the bus and wait for something to come their way.
Great cross from Oxlade-Chamberlain into Giroud, and excellent defending on the line prevents Olivier Giroud from nodding the ball into the back of the net.
Theo Walcott's down now, and receiving some treatment for what looks like a minor ankle injury. A boot change seems to sort things out.
50'—Nacho Monreal has been quite good today, showing positive signs for the future. I'm not raving about him like my match commentators have been, but the Spaniard's been very solid and not at all error-prone.
In short, quite an upgrade over Andre Santos.
48'—Both sides kind of kicking the ball around at the moment, without either really settling into a rhythm.
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