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Jese scores on Stoke debut to down Gunners 0

Posted on August 19, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a 1-0 defeat at Stoke on Saturday evening, losing courtesy of a debut goal from on loan forward Jese.

Stoke offered the first real threat on goal after just three minutes. Darren Fletcher found debutant Jese, who took on Shkodran Mustafi before forcing a low save from an acute angle from Petr Cech.

Arsenal has their first sight of goal on 11 minutes, as Mustafi got his head onto a Granit Xhaka ball at the far post, only for Danny Welbeck to fail to get to the ball. The Gunners went slightly closer a few minutes later, as Jack Butland comfortably saved Aaron Ramsey’s tame low shot.

Stoke v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on August 18, 2017 by David Nugent

On Saturday evening Arsenal travel to Stoke’s Bet365 Stadium in the Premier League, with the Gunners hoping to make it two wins out of two in the English top-flight.

Stoke endured a mixed pre-season campaign after losing star winger Marko Arnautovic to West Ham. An opening day 1-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park added to the Potters woes.

Mark Hughes sides have won just one of their last six games in the English top-flight. The Potters have also lost seven of their last 11 league games.

Granit Xhaka can be a creative force from central midfield 0

Posted on August 14, 2017 by David Nugent

I asked whether Arsenal’s Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka would experience a better campaign this time around in an article last month. The midfielder has already played a key part in the Gunners picking up points. He produced two assists in Arsenal’s 4-3 home win in their Premier League opener.

Essentially Xhaka is supposedly a defensive midfielder. However, as I have stated previously he is not just your typical central midfield destroyer. The former Monchengladbach star does also have a creative and skilful side to his game.

Close to matching his assist record from last season

Will all be forgiven if Arsenal finishes in the fourth-place? 0

Posted on May 14, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal are back in the hunt again for Champions League football for next season. A 4-1 win at Stoke on Saturday evening kept the Gunners in the running for a place in Europe’s elite competition. A lot hinges on Liverpool’s visit to West Ham later today.

However, the Merseysiders failing to win in the capital will give Arsenal the advantage in the race for a top-four finish this season. The question is will Arsene Wenger and his team be forgiven if the Gunners make the top-four?

A change of system responsible for upturn in fortunes

Gunners record vital win in the Potteries 0

Posted on May 13, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal kept their hopes of Champions League qualification for next season alive with a 4-1 win at Stoke City on Saturday evening.

Arsenal had the first real threat on goal on five minutes, as Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland saved well at the feet of Alexis Sanchez. The referee’s assistant raised the flag anyway, so the effort would not have counted, but nevertheless a good save from the ‘keeper.

The Gunners threatened again on nine minutes. Mesut Ozil floated a corner into the area that Shkodran Mustafi glanced towards goal, only for Butland to tip over the bar superbly.

Stoke City v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on May 12, 2017 by David Nugent

On Saturday evening Arsenal visit Stoke City in a game that could prove vital for the Gunners top four challenge.

Stoke City will head into this game hoping to move into the top half of the Premier League table, as they are currently 13th in the Premier League. The Potters have finished ninth in the past few campaigns and with midtable so congested a fourth consecutive ninth-place finish is not out of the question.

However, Mark Hughes team have been in poor form of late in the Premier League, having won just one of their last nine games in the English top-flight. The Potters have also won just one of their last four games on home soil in the top-flight.

Visit to Stoke represents a challenge to Gunners top-four bid 0

Posted on May 11, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal are somehow still in the fight for the Champions League spots this season after the Gunners 2-0 win over Southampton on Wednesday night. However, on Saturday a trip to face Stoke City is a potential banana skin in the Gunners challenge for the top-four.

Arsene Wenger’s side have a poor record in the Potteries, winning just once in their eight Premier League games at Stoke. In fact, the Gunners have won on just two of their last 14 visits to Stoke in all competitions, so it’s fair to stay it is not the Wenger’s favourite ground to visit.

Everton v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on December 12, 2016 by David Nugent

In-form Arsenal head to Merseyside to Everton’s Goodison Park on Tuesday night with the chance to return to the top of the Premier League table, at least for 24 hours anyway.

The home side are in disarray at the moment after a promising start to life under Dutch boss Ronald Koeman. The home side have won just one of their last ten Premier League games, suffering five defeats in the process, including a 3-2 defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road in their last outings.

The good the bad and the ugly in the Arsenal v Stoke match 0

Posted on December 11, 2016 by David Nugent

All in all Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Stoke on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium was positive. A goal each for Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi was all good, as was the increasingly influential display of Alexis Sanchez.

The win also moved the Gunners to the top of the table. The game did not only produce good news, though, as there were a couple of unsavoury incidents in the game as well.

Granit Xhaka shows his rash side

Arsenal defeat Stoke to move to the top of the table 0

Posted on December 10, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League table with a 3-1 win over Stoke at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Stoke made a bright start and on four minutes came close to taking the lead. The Potters won a corner kick, which came out to defender Marc Muniesa who hit a volley from 30 yards that Petr Cech tipped over the bar with a slight touch.

The home side’s first real sight of goal arrived on 12 minutes, as Lee Grant got down low to keep out an effort from Theo Walcott. The visitors had a good chance on 24 minutes, as Marko Arnautovic pulled the ball back to the onrushing Joe Allen who slices wide first time.



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