Arsenal 2-0 Stoke City (12.09.2015) Live Commentary

90+4′
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. Dominance of this game was on the home side. The strategy of the home side was to control the pace of the match with a playmaking style of football. Whereas the strategy of the away side was a bit risky and reliant on solid defending to take the ball off the opponent and to make a fast-break.
90+4′
The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match.
90+3′
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) swings in the corner kick, but one of the defenders leaps into the air and clears the ball away with a header.
90+3′
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked. Stoke City have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
90+3′
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) receives a brilliant pass and wastes a big opportunity as his shot from inside the penalty area flies narrowly wide of the right post. The ball goes out-of-play and Stoke City will have a goal kick.
90+1′
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge.
90′
We will have 3 min. of added time.
89′
The ball is whipped in from the corner by Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), but one of the defenders gets it clear.
89′
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) displays brilliant awareness inside the six-yard box and leaps high to meet the free kick. He tries to put his header into the right side of the target, but Jack Butland keeps the ball out. The referee points to the corner flag. Arsenal are given a corner.
88′
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) will take the free kick.
88′
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) clearly holds his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and the referee immediately stops play. Arsenal are awarded a free kick.
87′
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) collects a pass and has an effort from 23 metres out, but it flies just wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Arsenal.
85′
It’s in the back of the net! Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) flights the free kick into the box, where Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) peels off his marker and heads home from the edge of the six-yard box, straight inside the left side of the net. He makes it 2:0.
85′
Jonathan Moss blows the whistle. Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) brings one of his opponents down with a harsh tackle. There is a free kick near the sideline to Arsenal.
84′
Here is a change. Alexis Sanchez is going off and Arsene Wenger gives the last tactical orders to Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).
84′
Substitution. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) on for Mesut Ozil.
83′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
82′
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) is unable to feed an accurate cross into the box.
81′
Jonathan Moss shows a yellow card to Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) for his blatant foul.
81′
Bojan Krkic (Stoke City) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out.
78′
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) jinks his way past two defending players and from the edge of the box has an effort which goes just wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Stoke City.
78′
Neat passing move from Arsenal in order to create new attacking opportunities.
76′
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) spurned a good chance! He gets a shot away from inside the penalty box, but it goes inches wide of the right post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Stoke City.
75′
Arsene Wenger prepares a substitution. Theo Walcott is replaced by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).
75′
Substitution. Mame Diouf makes way for Bojan Krkic (Stoke City).
74′
Stoke City players perform combination football, attempting to create a goal-scoring opportunity, but they will have to wait for that as they have just lost possession due to an inaccurate pass.
73′
The attendance for today’s match is 59963.
73′
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) seems to be alright and is okay to carry on.
71′
Looks like Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) is struggling after picking up a knock. We will see if he can run that off.
71′
Marco van Ginkel (Stoke City) gets the ball and drives a shot from the edge of the area which goes high over the bar. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Arsenal.
70′
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) picks up a precise pass deep inside the box, but his strike is saved by the keeper. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Stoke City.
69′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) darts into the penalty area to latch on to a pass, and he unleashes a low shot in the direction of the left post. Jack Butland is alert and denies his effort with a nice save.
69′
What a big chance! Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) picks up an inch-perfect pass inside the box and misses the net way wide of the right post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Stoke City.
68′
A horde of the players are waiting inside the penalty area for a cross from the corner, but Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) takes it with a short pass.
68′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) sees an unmarked teammate and attempts to send a low pass onto him. However, one of the defenders reads the game perfectly and averts the danger. The ball is out-of-play. Arsenal have been awarded a corner kick.
68′
Alexis Sanchez (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.
66′
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) makes Jack Butland (Stoke City) pull off an easy save with his poor effort. He connects with a cross well, but he doesn’t hit it precisely, low to the middle of the target and straight into the grateful hands of the goalkeeper.
66′
Nothing comes of the resulting corner from Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). The defence is alert and manages to cut it out.
66′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) gets on the end of a pass and takes a shot from the edge of the box, but it’s blocked by one of the defending players. The referee signals for a corner kick, Arsenal are awarded.
65′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) takes the corner kick and sends a lovely ball into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and knocks the ball to safety.
65′
The free kick is taken by Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), but the delivery is cleared. The ball goes behind for a corner. Arsenal will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
64′
A player from Stoke City commits a foul, bringing down an opponent. Arsenal win a free kick.
63′
Phillip Bardsley (Stoke City) tries his luck with a low long-range effort after receiving a precise pass, however, Petr Cech (Arsenal) has a clear vision and makes a comfortable save.
62′
Mame Diouf (Stoke City) finds himself beyond the last defender, but the game is stopped by the referee after the linesman signals for offside.
61′
The linesman’s flag has already been raised for offside when Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) headed on.
60′
66:34 – the statistic of possession.
58′
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) attempts to slip the ball through the defence, but is unable to find any of his teammates.
57′
The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) will replace Joselu.
57′
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) fires from the edge of the penalty area. The ball travels low towards the middle of the target, but Petr Cech comes with a save and doesn’t allow it any further.
55′
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) receives a precise pass on the edge of the box and shoots. His poorly placed shot flies way wide of the right post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Stoke City.
54′
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) doesn’t send a cross into the box from the corner. He passes the ball to his teammate next to him.
54′
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players. Arsenal earn a corner.
53′
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) and Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) attempted to exchange little two-yard passes, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball.
52′
The resulting corner from Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) is cleared by the defence.
52′
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked. Good work from Arsenal as they win a corner.
52′
The Arsenal players are exchanging some short passes.
51′
Good clearance! Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) received a low pass, but he didn’t catch to do anything before quick stealing from one of the defenders.
49′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) looks to break free, but his touch lets him down and loses the ball. The ball goes out-of-play and Stoke City will have a goal kick.
48′
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) does his best to catch the ball into the box from a cross, but he isn’t successful. The ball goes out-of-play and Arsenal will have a goal kick.
46′
The half-time break is over and the second half is about to start.
45+2′
So far we have been witnesses to an entertaining encounter between these two teams. Let’s hope there will not be a decline in attractiveness in the second half. The hosts mostly control the match and make it pretty difficult for the opponent to keep pace. The home team tries to prevail using combination football. The away players present themselves with a defensive style of play.
45+2′
Jonathan Moss has ended the first half by blowing the whistle.
45+2′
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) launches the ball from the resulting corner, but one of the defenders is first to the ball and averts the threat.
45+1′
A pass into the penalty area from Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) is intercepted by the defence. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by Arsenal.
45′
1 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
43′
The Arsenal players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
42′
Flag goes up against Mame Diouf (Stoke City). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
40′
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) sends a pass into the penalty area, but the opponent manages to cut it out.
38′
A yellow card for a tackle by Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). Jonathan Moss doesn’t hesitate at all to make this decision.
37′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) steps up to take the corner, but the ball sails only among the defenders.
36′
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) is picked up by one of his teammates with a great cross, but he doesn’t receive the ball well, and the defence makes a clearance to avert the threat. Arsenal force a corner. They send men into the box.
34′
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared.
34′
Joselu (Stoke City) picks up a pass, lines up a shot and strikes from 23 metres out, but Petr Cech (Arsenal) thwarts the effort which is headed low to the middle of the goal.
33′
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) jumps for a header from the resulting set piece, but it goes way wide of the right post. The ball goes out-of-play and Stoke City will have a goal kick.
33′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) is heading toward the corner flag to execute the set piece.
33′
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) attempts to whip in a crossfield pass, the defence does well to intercept the ball. The ball goes out-of-play. Arsenal have been awarded a corner kick.
31′
It’s a goal! Theo Walcott (Arsenal) scores with a brilliant shot into the bottom left corner after being released inside the box by a superb lofted pass from Mesut Ozil. The score is now 1:0.
29′
Arsenal hold the ball and are exchanging some long passes.
28′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) decided to speed play up with a short corner kick.
27′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out. The ball goes out for a corner. Arsenal can continue in their attacking effort.
25′
What a wasted opportunity by Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)! He creates some space for himself inside the penalty box and unleashes a decent strike towards the middle of the net, but Jack Butland (Stoke City) makes a comfortable save to thwart the effort.
25′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition’s defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack.
25′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) takes the corner, but the opposition’s defence is ready to clear the ball to safety.
24′
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) has a sight of goal, fires from distance to the top left corner and forces a good save out of Jack Butland. Arsenal win a corner.
24′
The Arsenal players are exchanging some short passes to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
21′
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) with a through ball, but overhits his pass.
20′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) sends a wonderful cross from the corner kick. However, the defence works perfectly to clear the ball and to avert the threat.
20′
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball. Arsenal force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
18′
Arsenal control the tempo of the game as they are exchanging some accurate short passes.
16′
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) attempts to find one of his teammates with a ball from a free kick outside the box. The goalkeeper climbs high above all the players in the box to intercept the cross and denies the opportunity.
16′
Referee Jonathan Moss sees tripping by Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) and doesn’t hesitate to blow the whistle. There is a free kick given to Stoke City.
14′
The assistant referee raises his flag. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) is adjudged offside.
14′
A long ball forward to Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) is intercepted.
13′
Arsenal are bossing possession at the moment by exchanging some precise passes from player to player.
12′
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) goes on a weaving run through the defence and gets within shooting range inside the box, but his effort to the middle of the target is thwarted by Jack Butland (Stoke City).
10′
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) received a pass inside the box, sent a dangerous shot on goal, but celebration has been thwarted by one of the defenders who stepped in and blocked his effort. It’s hard to say whether the keeper would have been there.
8′
Hector Bellerin swings the cross over. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) gets his head to it but it goes just over the crossbar. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Stoke City.
8′
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) perfectly receives a clever neat pass on the edge of the penalty area and his effort smashes against the right post! What a shot that was!
8′
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent’s defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it.
7′
Arsenal are passing the ball across the pitch and keep possession. However, the opponent intercepts one pass, and the situation changes.
6′
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) puts a cross into the box from the corner but there is no panic for the oppositon as they easily clear.
5′
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) takes the resulting free kick from 24 metres out. He attempts to send his effort into the left side of the goal, but Jack Butland is alert and keeps the ball out. The referee blows his whistle, Arsenal are awarded a corner kick.
5′
Marco van Ginkel (Stoke City) tackles a bit over-zealously. Jonathan Moss blows for a foul. A free kick has been awarded to Arsenal.
3′
The ball goes out-of-play and Stoke City will have a goal kick.
3′
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) has a huge chance to score from close range, but his effort goes just a few inches wide of the right-hand post.
3′
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) was in a good opportunity when he latched on to a cross from the side, but his header from the six-yard box isn’t accurate enough and the ball glances away off the right post.
2′
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort.
1′
Arsenal enjoy period of possession as they are exchanging some passes and waiting for an opportunity to strike.
1′
Mame Diouf (Stoke City) times his run too early, and the assistant referee raises his flag, offside. The opposition will take an indirect free kick.
1′
The match has just begun.
Stoke City will kick the game off.
The starting lineups of both teams are already revealed and you can check them out in the details of this match.
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Jonathan Moss was nominated as a referee for this game.
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65:36 – That’s Arsenal’s goals for and against.