Arsenal vs. Stoke City: Premier League Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Arsenal 3 (Ramsey 5, Mertesacker 36, Sagna 72)
Stoke City 1 (Cameron 26)
Emirates Stadium, London, England
Aaron Ramsey gave the Gunners a fifth-minute lead but Geoff Cameron equalised for the Potters in the 26th minute.
Nine minutes before half-time, Per Mertesacker's flicked header restored Arsenal's lead.
The main focus of attention for Gunners supporters before the game was on Ozil's home debut and the Germany international did not disappoint with two official assists.
But it was the form of Mathieu Flamini which impressed and he was given the man-of-the-match award for his display.
FT Arsenal 3-1 Stoke. Three more points. Beating Stoke on set pieces. Top of the league. Seriously not sure how to process this information.— Michael Cummings (@MikeCummings37) September 22, 2013
FT: Arsenal 3 Stoke City 1 Full-time whistle goes and Arsenal head to the top of the Premier League table.
Ramsey forces great tip over from Begovic after unselfish ball from Giroud.
Four minutes of injury time before Arsenal head to the top of the Premier League.
Mathieu Flamini is awarded the man of the match award by former Arsenal striker Alan Smith in his role as a Sky Sports analyst.
Jon Walters' header down is blazed over by Ireland, but the three points have effectively been Arsenal's since Sagna's goal.
Just to clear this up - Ozil has 2 official assists + 1 fantasy football assist (Rebounds do not count as official assists) #Arsenal— EPL Stat Man (@EPLStatman) September 22, 2013
Ozil's home debut comes to an end in the 80th minute and he is greeted by a standing ovation as he is replaced by Mikel Arteta.
After the goal, Wenger switches Gnabry for Ryo Miyaichi and Nacho Monreal comes on for Wilshere. Stoke swap Jones for Jermaine Pennant.
Arsenal a little subdued in the second period and Stoke must be feeling confident of a second equaliser.
Stoke now a passing side - who'd have thought it ? Playing some good stuff at Arsenal and still very much in it— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) September 22, 2013
Some concern for Arsene Wenger as Wilshere is treated for an ankle problem, but he returns to the action swiftly as Stoke swap Pieters for Wilson Palacios.
Back come Stoke and Wilson tests Szczesny from 20 yards. It's a good save low to Szczesny's left 2-1 (64) #AFCvSCFC— Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 22, 2013
Ozil breaks into the area from Wilshere's knockdown but fires straight at Begovic from a tight angle. Immediately down the other end, Marc Wilson's long-range effort is palmed away by Szczesny.
Charlie Adam is replaced by Stephen Ireland for Stoke in the 59th minute.
You do wonder what Robert Huth would be doing with his life if Stoke football club never existed.— Stefan Bienkowski (@SBienkowski) September 22, 2013
Thumping challenge from Robert Huth on Gnabry in the build-up, though. Stoke defender receives yellow card for incident.
Great Begovic save from Giroud after a great pass by 18-year-old Gnabry.
Disappointing touch from Olivier Giroud denies Wilshere a run through on goal.
And we're underway again.
Geoff Cameron gets first Stoke goal today Worry for USA with Altidore on bench at struggling Sunderland with Di Canio's ever changing team— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) September 22, 2013
A mixed weekend for USMNT so far.
Been pleasantly surprised with Flamini since his move. Thought he would struggle, but hasn't. Isn't being asked to do much, but still. #AFC— Dan Talintyre (@dantalintyre) September 22, 2013
HT: Arsenal 2 Stoke City 1
Goals from Aaron Ramsey and Per Mertesacker give Arsenal the edge over Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium.
United States international Geoff Cameron had pulled a goal back for the Potters before Mertesacker headed home to make in 2-1 in the 36th minute.
Good run from Ozil before pulling the ball back to Gnabry at the edge of the area, but the German youngster fires wide.
And almost to disprove that theory immediately, Jack Wilshere is denied by a great Pieters block.
Equaliser came as Stoke began to find their way back into the game. The momentum is with the Potters at the moment.
GOAL! Arsenal 1 Stoke City 1. 26: Geoff Cameron equalises after Arnautovic hits the post from beautiful floated Steven Nzonzi ball.
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