Stoke scored three first-half goals to again stun Arsenal who staged a brilliant yet unsuccessful fightback at the Britannia Stadium. A pathetic first half saw Arsenal come up short against Stoke City, who always seems to get the better of us. Stoke City! This is not Chelsea, nor Liverpool, not Man City, nor Man Utd, nor Tottenham or even Everton. Fuck not even Newcastle United! But Stoke City. And congratulations to them because for 60 minutes they looked good enough to thrash us. 4-0, 5-0 or even 6-0 thumping looked quite likely to happen. 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. And 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.
Santi Cazorla scored from the spot and Aaron Ramsey volleyed in from a corner soon after to give the Gunners hope. However, Calum Chambers was shown a second yellow late on as Stoke held on. 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. Sanchez had a good run profiting from a mistake at the back but hit the post – had that gone it, it would surely have been Arsenal’s game. 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. Stoke held on and won all 3 points.
Resting Koscienly who is not completely fit and with Monreal injured, Wenger played Bellerin at RB with Chambers in CB partnering Per – our defense looked weaker than it has for the longest time. Arsenal were simply out-muscled by a more physical side. Giroud looked out of it, Alexis is showing signs of being burned out and his frustration shows. Podolski was brought on for 30 minutes or so and Campbell was brought on only in injury time!!! We have a lot of work to do; squad needs to be reinforced (I would sell a couple of these players) and new players need to be brought in that can play physically as well as they can play skillfully. Wenger is so beyond redemption, just fucking resign at the end of the season you moron.