Arsenal unconvincingly down Stoke 3-0
Arsenal were looking to pick up from where they left off before the international break with a win against Stoke City. The match started off well with some end to end stuff and Aaron Ramsey hit the crossbar after some beautiful play by Arsenal. Shaqiri came close for Stoke with a fine finessed shot from the edge of the box which nearly went in the far corner of Ospina’s goal. Although the match kept fans at the end of the sits, the first half produced no goals. It was only in the second half that new signing Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang found the net from the penalty spot after Mesut Ozil was brought down in the penalty area. It is important to note that this was after his strike partner (Lacazette) came onto the pitch replacing Danny Welbeck who was not producing the final ball in the match. The two forwards gave problems to the Stoke defense by roaming into different dangerous positions and creating spaces that were being utilized by Ramsey although he failed to score. It was on the 86th minute that Aubameyang found his second of the game as he placed a cool finish from a cross. The match did not end until Lacazette made his mark on the day of his return from a lengthy injury that kept him out for quite some time. Ozil was brought down again in the 18 area and this time Aubameyang showed his class by allowing Lacazette to take the penalty instead of claiming his first Arsenal hattrick. The Frenchman did not make a mistake as he fired the penalty to the left side of Butland in goal and got the keeper to give in the wrong direction. That summed up a fine late show from the gunners that stunned Stoke City. It is just a shame that there were many empty seats in the Emirates Stadium with fans disappointed by the club’s form this season. They want what is best for Arsenal but feel that they cannot get it as long as Wenger is still at the helm and steering the ship in the direction he likes.