Arsenal Ratings (4-4-2)
1. Manuel Almunia (5): Could have come out for the first goal and stayed on his feet for the second. Hope confidence doesn’t kill the keeper who’s game is built on the command of his area.
3. Bakary Sagna (6): Did well with the danger around him and looked to support the midfield in wide areas but had no one to cross to. Injured and subbed >57 Walcott )
5. Kolo Toure (5): Produced a determined display though was beaten in the air from Fuller for the first goal. May have been tugged but was given a rough time by the strikers. Moved to right back later on.
18. Mikael Silvestre (6): Was given a tough time by Sidibe and Fuller but stuck to the task fairly adequately.
22. Gael Clichy (7): Got his first goal for the club and had an overall busy game. Put in some decent tackles but would be disappointed at those around him at the moment. Needs work on the attacking side.
15. Denilson (6): Was part of a flat midfield four on the right hand side but didn’t provide much width. Was too deep but was energetic. Could have contribute more if he attacked more. Subbed > 65 Van Persie
4. Cesc Fabregas (6): Had next to nothing to work in front of him as Stoke set out the stall and made it difficult. Needs a more quality to work with.
17. Alex Song (5): Was the deepest midfielder and had to be wary on the counter but attacking wise had nothing to offer.
2. Abou Diaby (6): Got plenty of the ball early but didn’t do much with it. Sluggish and took too long on the left hand side, was better when moved to the centre.
25. Emmanuel Adebayor (6): Wanted to make things happen but the best he could do was move out wide. Needs to be clever with his movement and get more involved. Injured and booked. Subbed > 72 Vela
26. Nicklas Bendtner (4): Didn’t do much when he had the ball as his distribution was poor, link up and hold up play.
14. Theo Walcott (6): (On for Sagna 57) Provided some of the width which was missing in his brief spell in the second half.
11. Robin Van Persie (2): (On for Denilson 65) Wasted Arsenal’s best chances of a point at least by reacting and getting sent off. Silly. Red Card
12. Carlos Vela (5): (On for Adebayor 72) The game was lost when he came on and had nothing to work with from the left.
Subs not used: Fabianski, Nasri, Ramsey, Djourou
Ref: Rob Styles (4)
Stoke: Sorensen (6), Griffin (7), Abdoulaye Faye (8), Shawcross (8)*, Higginbotham (6), Amdy Faye (6), Olofinjana (6), Diao (6) (78 Whelan (5)), Delap (7), Fuller (8) (86 Cresswell (5)), Sidibe (8) (90+6 Kitson (5)).
Subs: Simonsen, Soares, Wilkinson, Sonko.