Stoke City 0-0 Arsenal: Cech spectacular to keep out dangerous Potters

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It was a goalkeeper show at the Britannia, but Petr Cech starred as Stoke City pummeled the Arsenal goal late but were unable to break through the veteran shot-stopper.

Stoke City prodded the Arsenal back line early too, and Marko Arnautovic had himself a speculative shot early on, but the Potters didn’t produce anything terribly stunning. Arsenal down the other end saw the game’s first real chance in the 21st minute as Joel Campbell found Olivier Giroud who had beaten Philip Wollscheid with a run, but Jack Butland came out of net to smother the Frenchman.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had a go from the top of the box on 29 minutes that forced Butland into a leaping save, tipping the ball over the bar. On the ensuing corner, Ox had another vicious attempt but it skipped off the foot of Laurent Koscielny wide.

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Straight out of the half, Butland was called into action straight away as Arsenal won a corner that met the head of Giroud, but he put it inches wide.

Stoke City had a gaping opportunity in the 57th minute but Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech came up massive. Joselu had the ball near the penalty spot and smashed an effort on net which forced Cech into a full-stretch save. The rebound fell to Bojan from a much tighter angle, and he tried to beat Cech at his near post as the goalkeeper was recovering, but again the 33-year-old threw his body at the shot and kept it out.

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Cech appeared again as Joselu worked space in front of Koscielny and flashed a shot to the far corner but the Gunners netminder was there again to parry it away.

The one time Cech needed help, it was there as regulation time came to a close. A corner swung in and a header to the far post by Jonathan Walters had beaten Cech but Aaron Ramsey cleared it off the line. The rebound fell to Joselu who efforted another venomous attempt, but it was saved by Cech’s outstretched leg.

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Arsenal’s point brings them atop the table, above Leicester by a single point with 44. Stoke City keeps them in seventh, two back of West Ham above them and six back of the top four. Arsenal still has not won at the Britannia in six years.