The 2-0 scoreline doesn’t do Arsenal’s dominance over Stoke City justice.
On Saturday Arsene Wenger’s side pummeled the Potters, especially in the first half, with Alexis Sanchez twice hitting the post and Jack Butland then pulling off several fine stops throughout the match to keep Arsenal at bay.
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A goal in each half from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud proved to be enough for the Gunners, and although Wenger praised the “outstanding movement” of his side in the first half, he is still feeling a little underwhelmed with their finishing. In total Arsenal had 29 shots vs. Stoke, putting 12 on target and scored two of them.
Here’s what Wenger had to say after the game:
“We had to wait to make sure of our victory but I thought our performance was convincing. In the first half our movement was outstanding and we created a lot,” Wenger said. “In the second half our pace dropped maybe a little bit in our passing but we continuously created chances and overall it was a strong performance.
“My only regret is that there is too big a difference between the number of chances we made and the number of goals we scored but that will come.”
Despite Giroud and Walcott both being widely criticized for their lack of goals, both finished with aplomb to hand Arsenal their third win from their first five matches of the season and Wenger’s men now sit in second spot on 10 points.
That is five points off leaders Manchester City, but after a shock opening day defeat to West Ham United, Wenger’s men have responded well.
Sure, fans will continue to ask for a world-class striker each and every transfer window until a player of that caliber arrives, but despite being the only team in Europe’s top five leagues to not sign an outfield player over the summer, Arsenal is in pretty good shape. Especially compared to other title contenders in the Premier League. Ahem, Chelsea, I’m looking at you.