Not playing at their best but it was still good enough for Arsenal to get a 3-1 win at home against Stoke City and all 3 points that sees them go to the top of the table. Mesut Ozil had a hand in all three Arsenal goals as they chalked up their seventh consecutive victory by more or less comfortably beating Stoke. The outcome was never in doubt even when Stoke managed to score a stunning equalizer in the first half. Stoke equalised before the break when Geoff Cameron steered in after Marko Arnautovic hit the post. Aaron Ramsey notched his seventh goal in eight games by knocking in after Asmir Begovic saved Ozil’s free-kick.
Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna then headed in Ozil set-pieces as Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League. With Tottenham playing Cardiff later on Sunday, Arsene Wenger’s side could be overtaken by their north London rivals. But this result was another demonstration of how Ramsey and Ozil, making his home debut, are becoming pivotal players for the Gunners. With a still lengthy injury list, there was a further worry for Wenger when Theo Walcott was ruled out before kick-off with a pelvic abdominal injury. However, his 18-year-old German deputy, Serge Gnabry, looked comfortable in his first game of the season. Mikel Arteta also returned for the final 10 minutes following a thigh problem.