Stoke City – Arsenal

Wenger promised or hinted at changes, yet we see Nasri, Wlacott and van Persie relegated to the bench.  Our three most offensive and creative players relegated to bench, whilst Song and Denilson are given prime places and Diaby is asked to play wide left.  The promising Vela has once more to sit on the bench, one of the greatest mysteries to all Arsenal fans.

Arsenal started off well, but as if anybody was at all surprised, a long Delap throw finds Fuller in the box who makes it one nil to Stoke.  The early goal knocked the stuffing put of Arsenal as we fail to mount any sort of attack on the Stoke goal.

The second half starts with Arsenal pressing forward, tryign to make the Stoke goalkeeper sweat

Arsenal are not playing like a team that might even challenge for the top four, never mind the title.  Out attacking threat sits idle on the bench whilst the rest of the players huff and puff trying to create anything meaningful.

Arsenal start the second half stronger, but still unable to break down the Potters defence, Wenger will start to bring on the big men soon, in a game that Stoke are happy to sit back and soak up pressure, giving away free-kicks away which they are dealing with easily.

Walcott comes on for Sagna, who was fouled minutes ago, but the Arsenal team still fail to break the Stoke team.  Wenger adds van Persie and Vela to the Arsenal attack for Denilson and Adebayor, but in another repeat of the first half a long throw from Delap, finds Olofinjawa  who makes it two nil.

Arsenal frustration soon becomes evident as vna Perise lunges at Sorensson and is given a straight red card.

Arsenal’s display is absolutely awful, following on from the capitulation on Wednesday, Arsene Wenger needs to sort things out quickly, as our season is about to be completely derailed and the finger of blame is pointing at the Frenchman and the disastrous transfer policy that he has followed since the invincible season.

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Posted on November 1, 2008, in Match Reports and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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