Arsenal 3-0 Stoke City (11.01.2015) Live Commentary

90+3′
It was a good decision to watch today’s encounter. There has been more to be seen on the pitch than in most of the other games. The home team had more of the game. The tactic of the home side was slow build-up play and the away side was creating their opportunities using lightning-fast counter-attacks.
90+3′
 
Nothing more will happen today, Jonathan Moss has blown his whistle and the game is over.
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We will have 2 min. of added time.
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David Ospina was forced into action to thwart Stephen Ireland (Stoke City). He found himself some space after latching on to a pass and unleashed a shot to the bottom right corner but couldn’t beat the keeper.
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An unsuccessful cross into the box by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety.
86′
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) slides a brilliant pass to Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), who takes a shot from inside the box but it goes by a whisker wide of the right post.
85′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) dispossess an opponent of the ball with but is penalised for a foul. The referee blows his whistle and stops the game.
85′
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked.
84′
Steve Sidwell (Stoke City) is penalised for tripping, a poor challenge. Jonathan Moss, blowing his whistle for a foul, makes it clear he won’t tolerate such behaviour.
82′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) is adjudged offside.
82′
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) is unable to feed an accurate cross into the box.
80′
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) picks out Theo Walcott (Arsenal), who drives a shot just wide of the left post from the edge of the box.
80′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) makes a rough challenge and Jonathan Moss blows his whistle for a foul.
77′
A goal, which was scored by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), was disallowed due to offside.
75′
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) attempts to put the ball in from a rebound with his long-range shot, but it isn’t accurate enough, and the ball goes high over the crossbar.
73′
 
Substitution. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) has come on for Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).
73′
 
Mark Hughes has decided to make a change. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) replaces Bojan Krkic (Stoke City).
72′
A great teamplay by Arsenal as they control the ball with a lot of short passes. Patience is the key if they want to find a gap in the defence to score.
70′
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) serves in a nice cross, but David Ospina (Arsenal) punches the ball away.
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Arsene Wenger has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Theo Walcott (Arsenal) replacing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).
67′
OFF THE BAR! Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) latches on to an accurate pass inside the box and fires a bullet of a shot that crashes against the crossbar.
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Attempted cross from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) is cleared.
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Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man.
66′
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) collects a pass inside the box, and he unleashes a shot which is brilliantly blocked by a defender. The referee signals for a corner kick, Arsenal are awarded.
65′
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) receives a good pass just outside the box, unleashes a strike from a promising position, but the shot is thwarted by the defender.
63′
 
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) is booked after bringing down an opponent. Jonathan Moss had an easy-decision to make.
63′
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) latches on to a lofted pass and strikes the ball! His attempt flies narrowly wide of the left post.
61′
 
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) with the corner, but it is intercepted by the defender.
61′
 
This foul is worthy of a card! And it is a yellow shown by referee Jonathan Moss to the guilty Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).
61′
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) delivers a long ball, but it lacks enough power to reach his teammates and is intercepted by one of the defenders. Arsenal forced their opponent to concede a corner.
59′
Jonathan Moss blows the whistle. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) brings one of his opponents down with a harsh tackle.
57′
Jonathan Moss blows the whistle for a foul. Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) hacks down one of his opponents.
56′
The assistant referee raises his flag. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) is adjudged offside.
56′
Arsenal hold the ball and display nice passing from player to player. Their movement didn’t last so long as they lost the ball.
53′
A pass from Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) is intercepted by Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) and the move breaks down.
51′
 
Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke City) can’t expect anything else than a yellow card for his hard tackle. And a yellow it is. Jonathan Moss doesn’t think twice to pull it out of his pocket.
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Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) brings an opponent down with a sliding tackle.
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Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) scores from the free kick with a daisy-cutter that goes under the jumping wall and into the bottom left corner. What a cheeky free kick that is!
48′
Referee Jonathan Moss sees tripping by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) and doesn’t hesitate to blow the whistle. There is a free kick given to Arsenal.
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Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) sends in the corner, but he fails to find the head of any of his teamamtes, and the the defence makes a clearance.
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area which is cleared by an opposing player. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Arsenal will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
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Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) swings in the corner, but it’s comfortably cleared away.
47′
Stoke City are passing the ball across the pitch and keep possession. However, the opponent intercepts one pass, and the situation changes. The ball is out-of-play and Stoke City manage to earn a corner.
46′
 
Half-time substituon. Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke City) will not participate anymore and Steve Sidwell (Stoke City) is coming on.
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Here is a change after the half-time break. Erik Pieters (Stoke City) is replaced by Marc Muniesa (Stoke City).
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Everything is ready for the beginning of the second half, so the match is about to get going again.
45+6′
We are seeing an attractive offensive game so far, and the fans have nothing to complain about. The hosts were superior in their performance through the first half. They were more active and precise. The home players have more confidence to string together more passes and to keep the ball on their feet. The visiting side rely on their defence and counter-attacks.
45+6′
 
The match has reached half-time.
45+5′
Jonathan Moss blows the whistle. Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) committed a foul when he hit the opponent’s legs instead of the ball.
45+4′
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) receives a precise pass on the edge of the box and has an effort on goal. Unfortunately for him, his strike flies inches high over the bar.
45+4′
 
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) sends a wonderful cross from the corner kick. However, the defence works perfectly to clear the ball and to avert the threat.
45+3′
Arsenal display good ball movement. They are waiting for some opportunity to get in a chance, but now the attack is averted. The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Arsenal.
45+2′
What a chance that is! Peter Crouch (Stoke City) displays good awareness near the penalty spot to get on the end of a cross, but he sends his header narrowly wide of the left post.
45+1′
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) picks up the ball, dribbles to the edge of the penalty area and unleashes a brilliant low shot to the middle of the goal, but is thwarted by a decent save from David Ospina (Arsenal).
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5 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
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The Arsenal players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
43′
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) should calm his temper, this was too much! He robbed the opponent of the ball, but Jonathan Moss calls for a foul.
43′
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) with a through ball, but overhits his pass.
42′
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) hasn’t suffered any serious injury which wouldn’t allow him to stay on the pitch. He’s back in the game now.
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Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to David Ospina (Arsenal), who smothers the ball.
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Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) produces a quality pass into the box, the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball and spanks it away.
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Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
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It’s in the back of the net! Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) slips the ball through to Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), and he darts into the box to unleash a magnificent shot that goes into the bottom left corner. He makes it 2:0.
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Erik Pieters (Stoke City) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down.
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Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) swings in a promising cross from the free kick, but one of the defenders does a perfect job to avert the danger.
31′
A clumsy foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) and Jonathan Moss blows the whistle.
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Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) sends a long ball in, but Asmir Begovic comfortably gathers the ball.
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Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) whips in the corner, but one of the defending players gets ahead of it and intercepts.
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) whips the ball in, but it can’t reach any of his teammates as the opposition’s defence averts the threat. Arsenal force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
27′
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) perfectly wins the ball from the free kick, but his effort from the edge of the penalty area isn’t accurate enough, and the ball goes within a few inches over the bar! The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Arsenal.
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Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) quickly takes the free kick with a short pass.
26′
A free kick has been awarded to Stoke City. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) commits a sliding tackle while hitting his opponent’s legs. The referee blows his whistle for infringement.
25′
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) with a teasing cross into the area, but David Ospina (Arsenal) intercepts the ball.
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Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke City) wastes a good opportunity as he sends an inaccurate final pass into the box which is blocked by the defence.
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Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) with a slide tackle, but referee Jonathan Moss calls for a foul.
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It looks like Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) was seeing red according to his tackle. Jonathan Moss won’t tolerate such behaviour on the pitch and blows for a foul.
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The resulting corner from Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) only finds one of the defenders, who heads it out of danger.
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Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) connected with a pass around the edge of the box, aimed and struck. His attempt went in the direction of the left-hand post, but Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) was alert and didn’t let the score change. The assistant referee makes a right call and Arsenal will have a corner.
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Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) takes a short corner kick.
20′
The Arsenal players find open spaces, and they are able to move the ball from one to another. But now comes an error, and they involuntarily pass the ball to their opponent. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Arsenal are going to take it.
20′
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) couldn’t control the ball well and handled it, the referee blows his whistle for a handball.
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Steven N’Zonzi (Stoke City) brings his opponent down. Jonathan Moss has a clear vision and blows his whistle for a foul.
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Flag goes up against Peter Crouch (Stoke City). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
16′
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) badly times his run beyond the last defender and the linesman makes a good call by signalling for offside after seeing the whole situation unfold.
16′
An accurate pass to the edge of the box is well received by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), who flashes an instinctive shot towards goal, but it goes inches wide of the left post.
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Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) brings his opponent down with a tackle, and Jonathan Moss blows a whistle for a foul.
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Problems for Arsene Wenger as Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) is not able to play anymore. His injury is too serious and Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) replaces him.
13′
Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) is angry but in vain. He changed the direction of the ball using his hand and the referee was spot on.
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A break in play now as Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) needs to receive treatment.
11′
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) found some space to play in a lofted pass, but it didn’t meet his expactations as none of his teammates managed to connect with it.
10′
Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
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The Arsenal players are exchanging some short passes to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
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A perfect lofted pass from Alexis Sanchez finds Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), who jumps highest and steers a close-range header into the right side of the goal. His effort was both strong and precise, and Asmir Begovic had no chance of stopping that. 1:0.
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Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) steps up to take the corner, but the ball sails only among the defenders.
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Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) goes on a weaving run through the defence and gets within shooting range inside the box, but his effort to the left post is thwarted by Asmir Begovic (Stoke City). Arsenal have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
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Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) quickly takes the corner kick with a short pass.
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Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) had a promising chance to score with a mid-range attempt he released after a nice pass. He hit it precisely, to the bottom right corner, but he couldn’t generate enough power to trouble Asmir Begovic (Stoke City). The ball goes behind for a corner. Arsenal will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
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Today’s match has just started, enjoy yourself!
The players are out and the match is about to start. Arsenal will have the kick-off.
Jonathan Moss is the one to supervise the game today.
 
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