The Gunners have slowly started to gain momentum in the 2015-16 season of the Barclays Premier League. They beat Stoke City at the Emirates on matchday 5 and have leaped to the fourth spot in the table with 10 points from 5 games. They produced a sublime performance to push aside Stoke and take all three points from the game. Stoke now lie 20th in the table with 2 points from 5 games.
This article includes player ratings for the Arsenal vs Stoke match.
Petr Cech (3): Did not have much to do in front of goal but was solid when called upon.
Bellerin (3): Was speedy down his flank in attack and made some crucial interceptions when needed.
N Monreal (3): An assured performance at right back with a balance between joining the attack and defending his goal.
L Koscielny (3.5): Did not give the Stoke attackers any space in defense and helped his team to a clean sheet. Almost scored a 35 yard screamer.
Gabriel Pauilsta (3.5): Lucky not to be sent off for the tug on Arnuotavic but was classy in defense and seemed to enjoy the physical battle.
A Ramsey (3): Played on the right wing, where Wilshere was a strong presence but failed to have an impact on the game out wide.
F Coquelin (3.5): Did an excellent job in breaking the attack of Stoke and provided a great base for Arsenal to start their attacks.
M Ozil (3.5): Showed his class throughout the game. Found Walcott for his opener with a 50-yard long ball along with some great vision.
Cazorla (3.5): Was a constant threat to the Stoke defense as he looked to get on the ball every time. Provided the ball for Giroud’s goal.
T Walcott (3): Missed some simple chances in front of goal but scored Arsenal’s first goal, also their first home goal this season. Was quick and strong and provided an outlet in attack with his timely runs behind the defense.
A Sanchez (3.5): Will consider himself unlucky to have come out of the game without a goal after hitting the post twice in the first 10 minutes. Was energetic all night long.
O Giroud (3): Came on for Walcott and scored with his head to give Arsenal all three points. But needs to do a bit of work on his finishing,
Ox-Chamberlain (3): Came on for Ozil late in the game. Did what he was asked to – that is stop attacks from the left flank of Stoke.
M Arteta (N/A): Replaced a tiring Alexis Sanchez as Wenger wanted to see the game out.
J Butland (4.5): The man of the match on the day, Butland saved his side the blushes with a string of fine saves throughout the game.
P Bardsley (2.5): Struggled to read the game and failed to keep Sanchez at bay.
Muniesa (3): Was stretched by a pacy Arsenal attack but made some important blocks in the game.
Pieters (2.5): Looked lethargic and casual with the ball but was generally on his feet one on one against Ramsey on the flank.
G Cameron (2): A poor performance as he looked sloppy with the ball. Should have provided a lot more stability at the back.
M van Ginkel (2.5): An improving performance but failed to make a significant impact on the game.
G Whelan (2): Provided almost no cover in front of the Stoke back four and conceded possession easily putting more pressure on his defense.
M Diouf (2.5): Was energetic during the counters but was caught offside too many times.
Joselu (1.5): Was substituted in the 57th minute after failing to make any contribution to an already weak team.
X Shaqiri (2.5): Eye catching at times but often lacked the composure to provide the final ball.
Arnautovic (2.5): Tried hard to provide Stoke some respite from defending but was not involved enough to be able to make a difference.
S Ireland (3): Replaced an ineffective Joselu in the second half and was tidy on the ball.
Bojan (3): Had only 15 minutes to play after replacing Diouf in the second half. Could not stamp his authority on the game.