Arsenal took on Stoke City in the premier league game on Saturday in a bid to go level on points with league leaders Chelsea. However they started at the back foot when Stoke City took the lead thanks to goal from Charlie Adams in just 29th minute. Arsenal got themselves back into the game just before the break as Theo Walcott scored his 100th goal of his club career. Ozil and Iwobi scored two second half goals to secure all three points for Arsenal as they go joint top of the table.
Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City Highlights
[ English Premier League 2016-17 Match ]
29′ 0 – 1 Charlie Adam scored in 29th minute to put Stoke City 1-0 in lead. Arsenal struggled to get the grips of game early on.
42′ 1 – 1 Theo Walcott equalized just before the break when he near post finish off Bellerin low cross made it 1-1 on the day.
50′ 2 – 1 Mesut Oezil scored second of Arsenal’s goal just after the break with a looping header to make it 2-1.
75′ 3 – 1 Alex Iwobi came on in second half and scored the third for Arsenal and secured all three points at Emirates.
Match Highlights (English)
Stoke City vs Arsenal Preview: Stoke City on the other hand has won 5 league games in the last 7 matches which has elevated them to 9th place in the table. Now they play against high flying Arsenal side who did not really suffer their typical November woes and they looks as strong as ever. Mark Hughes will be hoping to get something out of this game and for that his Stoke City team will have to contain Arsenal early on.
Arsenal will be looking to get another win in difficult away game to keep their noses in the title race in front. By the time Arsenal-Stoke match kickoff Manchester City might have joined them at the top as they will play against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Arsenal failed to win their very winnable game against struggling Liverpool when they drew 3-3 at Anfield in midweek which kind of puts pressure on Arsenal going into the Stoke match. The last time both teams meet was back in September when Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners with Walcott and Giroud scoring goal-a-piece to earn 2-0 win for Arsenal.
Arsenal don’t really like visiting Britannia stadium having only won once in the last 8 premier league games at this stadium against Stoke City. Three points are crucial in such games if a team were to go on to win the premier league and this is exactly the time of the season when Arsenal’s form deteriorate, Wenger will be hoping otherwise of course
Possible Starting Lineups: Arsenal are likely to start with packed midfield where Ramsey, Ozil, Cazorla and Coquelin are expected to start with Giroud spearheading the attack after scoring 2 goals in the midweek against Liverpool. Stoke City will continue to use their fluid forward line of Bojan Krikc, Arnoutovic and Shaqiri.
Olivier Giroud had a superb 1 on 1 chance with Stoke City keeper Jack Butland producing a superb save. Butland also made couple of good saves overall to keep Arsenal at bay.
On the other hand Petr Cech also saved couple of certain goals to keep Arsenal in game. Stoke City could have won the game to hurt Arsenal’s title challenge.