Sunday 18 February 2018

STOKE V ARSENAL - STORY OF THE MATCH

Stoke's Jese scores the only goal of the game against Arsenal
Stoke's Jese scores the only goal of the game against Arsenal

Jese Rodriguez struck a superb debut winner as Stoke snatched a 1-0 victory over Arsenal in the Premier League.

The former Real Madrid forward, who joined the Potters on a season-long loan from Paris Saint Germain this week, struck the only goal of the game after 47 minutes at the newly-expanded bet365 Stadium.

Arsenal were aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty in the first half and Alexandre Lacazette had an effort ruled out for offside among a host of other chances created by the visitors.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"YESSSSSSSSS!!!! ON HIS DEBUT!!!!!"

Stoke's official twitter account (@stokecity) after Jese's goal.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Jese. The Spaniard had already made a very good impression before supplying the composed finish which proved the winner. Potters goalkeeper Jack Butland also had an excellent outing, producing several fine saves.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Jese's goal. Stoke punished Arsenal sloppiness in fine style as Jese picked up the ball, brought it forward, fed Saido Berahino and then ran on to a tidy return pass before slotting coolly past Petr Cech.

STAT OF THE MATCH

Arsenal have now made 10 Premier League visits to Stoke and won only two of those games. This time the fixture had an attendance of 29,459 - the highest recorded at the bet365 Stadium.

RATINGS

Stoke

Jack Butland 8 (Out of 10)

Kurt Zouma 7

Ryan Shawcross 7

Geoff Cameron 7

Mame Diouf 6

Joe Allen 7

Darren Fletcher 7

Erik Pieters 7

Xherdan Shaqiri 4

Jese Rodriguez 8

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 7

Substitutes

Saido Berahino (for Shaqiri, 25) 7

Ramadan Sobhi (for Jese, 71) 6

Bruno Martins Indi (for Pieters, 89) 6

Arsenal

Petr Cech 6

Shkodran Mustafi 5

Nacho Monreal 5

Sead Kolasinac 5

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 6

Aaron Ramsey 6

Granit Xhaka 5

Hector Bellerin 6

Mesut Ozil 5

Danny Welbeck 6

Alexandre Lacazette 5

Subs

Olivier Giroud (for Kolasinac, 66) 5

Theo Walcott (for Lacazette, 79) 5

Alex Iwobi (for Xhaka, 79) 5

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Stoke v Rochdale (Carabao Cup, August 23)

Liverpool v Arsenal (Premier League, August 27)

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