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Arsenal 2-0 Stoke City: Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud score as Gunners cruise to Victory

  • Arsenal 2-0 Stoke City: Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud score as Gunners cruise to Victory

Arsenal moved to the second spot after securing a comfortable 2-0 win over Stoke City as both Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud got on the scoresheet. 

It was the kind of day all Arsenal fans crave for, just the kind of day Arsene Wenger would have hoped for as an archetypal performance from the Gunners saw off the Potters, who never really got going throughout the match. 

While the passing and the overall play was breathtaking, rather a thing of beauty to say the least, the finishing wasn't as pleasing. Starting from the first minute to the very last, a barrage of attacks went wasted and numerous chances went begging.

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Theo Walcott, whom Arsene Wenger handes the central role, was the one to open the scoring, collecting Mesut Özil's wonderful pass (who else), and charging towards the goal in typical Theo fashion, to eventually put it in calmly, having earlier missed a simple header. 

Chances kept coming for Wenger's boys thereafter too, but brilliant as he was, Jack Butland's astonishing saves kept Mark Hughes' side in the game, until the moment when you-know-who lost his marker, and headed Santi Cazorla's crossed free-kick home to seal the deal. Yes, it was that man Olivier Giroud again, who came off the bench to make it 2-0. 

Key Stats

Possession: 68%

Total Shots: 29

Shots on Target: 9

Corners: 13

Fouls: 6

Quotes

Arsene Wenger: "We created chances from the first to the last minute. We have stabilised our defensive record. This is good for our future.

"Theo Walcott scored a great goal. It required technical ability to finish. He can become a prolific goalscorer.

"Koscielny and Coquelin were outstanding. Gabriel had a very good game as well.

"We are looking to play well in Zagreb. We will then see what to do against Chelsea." 

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