Not much to say frankly.
Arsenal dominated possession – 67% – and won 11 corners to Stoke’s none, but that wasn’t enough for a goal. Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud started for Wenger’s side, with the German forward playing deeper and acquitting himself quite well in doing so. Gervinho still lacks vision, to the point where I doubt it will ever get better.
Tony Pulis and Wenger were up to their usually antics, berating the fourth official at leisure. Andy Wilkinson’s challenge on Thomas Vermaelen in the 64th minute should’ve drawn a red from referee Lee Mason – who was poor throughout. Geoff Cameron did the MLS proud with a man of the match performance for the home side. Arsenal’s defense has been the shining light for Gooners thus far, thank you Steve Bould.
Stoke supporters jeered Aaron Ramsey for allowing himself to have his leg broken by Ryan Shawcross two years ago.
Giroud worries me going forward. Arsenal’s inability to produce in the final third has been glaring in the first two fixtures of the season. The Frenchman’s 40 yard lob that nearly found the goal in the 89th minute was nice, but he had Ramsey streaking down the middle of the pitch unmarked. Giroud has to do better.
Alright. Not the way we wanted to start the morning but we move forward. Hopefully Liverpool-Manchester City makes up for this dour affair.