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Olivier Giroud worked hard against an impressive Stoke defence.
RW Theo Walcott (8/10)
This match was an interesting insight into the new Theo Walcott.
He received plenty of rough treatment from the Stoke defenders, but never let it get to him.
He didn't go to ground easily or plead for decisions from the referee. He just got up and got on with his game. Eventually, his persistence was rewarded when he won the free-kick from which Arsenal grabbed their only goal.
CF Olivier Giroud (7/10)
Olivier Giroud worked hard against the titanic pair of Ryan Shawcross and Robert Huth. Opportunities to score were few and far between, but like Walcott he continued to make himself available for his midfield players, and also dutifully defended at set-pieces when required.
Giroud will have far easier days in the Premier League, but he didn't disgrace himself against two of the toughest centre-backs around.
LW Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (7/10)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is having a difficult season. The form of Walcott and Lukas Podolski means opportunities in the wide areas have been hard to come by.
The consequence of this is that when he is picked, he often seems to try too hard to make a memorable impact. He attempts impossible dribbles, tries too many tricks and fires off shots that could politely be described as very ambitious.
This game fitted into that pattern, and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be frustrated to have missed a very presentable one-on-one opportunity.
However, his willingness to try things offers a certain exuberance to the proceedings, and he worked hard to offer protection to Nacho Monreal.
LW Lukas Podolski (8/10)
As soon as he entered the field of play, Lukas Podolski offered Arsenal his usual direct, uncompromising style.
He scored a direct, uncompromising goal too. His free-kick may have taken a heavy deflection, but it had enough power to take it beyond Asmir Begovic and into the net.
Podolski now has 12 goals this season. If he keeps up that level of productivity, he will reach 20, which would be some achievement for a wide player in his first season in English football.
RW Aaron Ramsey (5/10)
Aaron Ramsey was introduced to help shore up Arsenal's midfield and protect the lead. He didn't get much time to make an impact, but it was nice to hear the crowd support his introduction with resounding cheers. His recent form seems to have won over the majority of the Emirates crowd.
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