Stoke City 0-0 Arsenal (17.01.2016) Live Commentary

We have been watching a lacklustre game with only a few moments to stir the crowds. The players surely have higher capabilities, they just needed to motivate themselves to a better performance. The performances of the both teams were more or less balanced. Both teams attempted to hold onto the ball for as long as possible.
Nothing more will happen today, Craig Pawson has blown his whistle and the game is over.
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) is adjudged offside.
It is time for a substitution. Calum Chambers (Arsenal) is on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
What a wasted opportunity by Joselu (Stoke City)! He unleashed a powerful low shot from the centre of the box, but Petr Cech (Arsenal) makes a decent save to thwart the effort.
3 additional min. will be played.
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) gets his head on the corner, but he sees his header blocked.
Charles Graham Adam (Stoke City) takes the ball to the corner flag to send it into the box from there.
Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) fires the ball from distance, but it’s blocked by a defender. Stoke City will take a corner kick.
The referee signals a substitution. Marco van Ginkel (Stoke City) is brought on as a substitute for Ibrahim Afellay.
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Mark Hughes has decided to substitute Marko Arnautovic and he is replaced by Charles Graham Adam (Stoke City).
The flag is raised and Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) is offside again, not for the first time today.
Joel Campbell (Arsenal) unleashes a shot, but his effort isn’t precise at all and it flies well wide of the left post.
Glen Johnson (Stoke City) with a through ball, but overhits his pass.
Arsenal are showcasing great team work and neat passing move.
Here you can see the number of offsides up to now – 9:0.
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) commits a foul after unfairly battling his opponent for the ball.
There’s an opportunity for Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) to deliver the ball into the box from a corner.
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) passes the ball from the edge of the box in order to find his teammate, who is in a good scoring position, but the defender blocks the pass and spanks the ball to safety. The ball goes out for a corner. Arsenal can continue in their attacking effort.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man.
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) is trying to get into the box. He sends a low pass, but it’s blocked and cleared. The main referee points to the corner flag, Arsenal will take a corner.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) passes the ball into the box but an opposing player clears.
It will be the substitution. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) is ready to enter the pitch as Theo Walcott walks off.
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) sends a pass into the penalty area, but the opponent manages to cut it out.
Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) sends in the corner, but he fails to find the head of any of his teamamtes, and the the defence makes a clearance.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) whips the ball in, but it can’t reach any of his teammates as the opposition’s defence averts the threat. It will be a corner kick for Stoke City.
Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) attempts to find a teammate with the corner, but their effort is stopped by the goalkeeper.
Joselu (Stoke City) wasted a huge opportunity! The fans already began to celebrate as he unleashed a powerful low shot from the edge of the box after a brilliant solo effort. The ball went towards the middle of the goal, but Petr Cech made a crucial save! Stoke City get a corner.
The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Mame Diouf (Stoke City) will replace Bojan Krkic.
Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) takes the corner but only sends it into the huddle of the defenders as one of them makes a good clearance.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) serves in a nice cross, but the defence clear the danger. Stoke City force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) sends a long ball across the pitch, but it didn’t find its way to the target.
The assistant referee signals offside, and the main referee confirms his decision. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) is the one who was caught offside.
A horde of the players are waiting inside the penalty area for a cross from the corner, but Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) takes it with a short pass.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) shoots the rebound towards the goal. His effort lacks pace and that allows the goalkeeper to pull off a stunning save. Stoke City forced their opponent to concede a corner.
Joselu (Stoke City) 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 Petr Cech was alert and didn’t let the score change.
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) is flagged for offside.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) sends a sweet pass into the penalty area, but one of the defenders averts the danger.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) serves in a nice cross, but Petr Cech (Arsenal) punches the ball away.
Craig Pawson blows his whistle and it is Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee.
Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) will try to put the ball on the head of one of his teammates from a corner kick.
Joselu (Stoke City) sends a pass into the box, but the opposition’s defence is alert to the danger and makes a clearance. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Stoke City will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
Joselu (Stoke City) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
This corner kick is taken with a short pass by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) won himself just enough space to connect with the corner inside the box, his header was directed towards the right post and the goalkeeper dived superbly to stop his effort. The ball goes out-of-play. Arsenal are awarded a corner kick.
Corner kick. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) is ready to send the ball in.
The ball is cleared after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. The ball is out-of-play. Arsenal have been awarded a corner kick.
The second half has just started.
Not the best game in the world so far but certainly not the worst either. Chances have been few. The visitors mostly control the match and make it pretty difficult for the opponent to keep pace. Both teams are attempting to play possession play.
Craig Pawson has ended the first half by blowing the whistle.
We will have 1 min. of added time.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) commits a sliding tackle while hitting his opponent’s legs. The referee blows his whistle for infringement.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence quickly intercepts the ball.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) was too harsh with his tackle which made Craig Pawson interrupt the game and signal for a set piece.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) produces a long ball across the pitch to find his teammate, but he fails.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) strikes from the edge of the box, but hits it really poorly and sends the ball way wide of the right post.
Joselu (Stoke City) is fierce enough to get to the ball and produces a header from close range. The direction wasn’t the best, the middle of the goal, Petr Cech didn’t have a hard time stopping the attempt as it wasn’t very strong either.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) finds himself beyond the last defender, but the game is stopped by the referee after the linesman signals for offside.
Joel Campbell (Arsenal) attempts to find one of his teammates, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone.
The ball is whipped in from the corner by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), but one of the defenders gets it clear.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) connected with a pass around the edge of the box, aimed and struck. His attempt went towards the underside of the crossbar, but Jack Butland was alert and didn’t let the score change. The referee signals for a corner kick, Arsenal are awarded.
Joel Campbell (Arsenal) floats the ball in from the corner which is intercepted.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) finds himself free inside the box and pulls the trigger, but his effort is brilliantly thwarted by one of the defending players. Now Arsenal with a corner.
Joel Campbell (Arsenal) is trying to send the ball in front of the goal, but the opposition’s defence averts the threat.
Attempted cross from Erik Pieters (Stoke City) is cleared.
Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke City) finds Erik Pieters (Stoke City) with a nice pass so he can go on towards the goal.
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) gets on the end of a pass and produces a promising first-time shot at goal. His effort is blocked by Jack Butland (Stoke City) with a brilliant diving save!
Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) knew what to do with the ball, but was just a bit unlucky. After receiving a pass, he sent the ball goalwards from some 18 metres out, but he missed the right post by a whisker.
Some patient build-up play from Stoke City as they look to unlock the defence.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) sends a cross into the box, but Petr Cech comes off his line to gather the ball.
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) with a through ball which would have led to a great opportunity, if it hadn’t been stopped by the defence.
What a poor attempt! Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) drives another shot towards goal – this time from further out, but it couldn’t have been worse if he had shot blindfolded. The ball goes into the stands.
Joselu (Stoke City) is caught offside!
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
Flag up against Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City). He had space to move into behind the defence, but he went too soon.
A clumsy foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) and Craig Pawson blows the whistle.
Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke City) holds his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
The first half has started.
Arsenal will kick the game off.
Craig Pawson will accompany the players on the pitch as the main referee today.
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