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Summary

  1. Striker Jese scores winner on debut for home side
  2. Lacazette strike ruled out for offside
  3. Get involved using #bbcfootball

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By Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

OK, that's all from us for this evening.

But feel free to catch up on it all below if you're just arriving.

Head over here for Jonathan Jurejko's match report, and we'll all be back tomorrow for...

Huddersfield v Newcastle United (13:30 BST)

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea (16:00)

Until the next time!

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is speaking in his press conference. I can now reveal that what I thought was deep V-neck sweater is actually a buttoned cardigan. And Wenger says:

"When you don't win games you should win, you can only look at yourself."

But then he goes off on a tangent about how his side are not awarded penalties compared to other teams in the league. Slight contradiction there.

He also says:

"I expect to sell players first [before we buy]. We have too many and it is not manageable. We have 31, that's too many. But I am not after a game like that in transfer mode."

And on Alexis Sanchez's fitness:

"If all goes well this week he will be available for selection next week."

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on BT: "I believe some teams will get something here, that is why if you want to play at the top you have to consider it three points dropped.

"It was a very frustrating evening. I feel we had plenty of chances to score and didn't. We know in this kind of game it's important not to make a mistake but straight after half-time we were too sluggish on defending and we paid for it.

"After that we did not move the ball quickly enough and we did not combine well. On top of tha I think we scored a goal that is not offside. It's a very easy decision. When the ball is kicked he is not offside, Lacazette.

"I was not convinced by our central defence today."

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'We got caught cold. There's no excuse'

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaking to BBC's Match of the Day: "It's a difficult defeat to swallow. We had chances - we should have won the game comfortably.

"We were unlucky. I think we scored a regular goal that was given offside and it wasn't offside.

"It was frustrating getting caught cold for the goal. Defensively there is no excuse. We gave them a cheap goal.

"It was difficult to get the fluency. We tried but we couldn't find the goal. There was lack of anticipation in the box with the second ball.

"To lose a game like that is disappointing You don't want to lose games that you should win."

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Dane Skinner: Bellerin has lacked something since the new contract; give someone else a shot.

Shane Daly: Would Mesut Ozil get into any of the other top premier league teams? I highly doubt it.

Tracy Barber: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. Read it and weep, Arsene.

'Stoke fed up of criticism'

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Stoke City

More from Mark Hughes on Match of the Day: "I think they were ready for it today.

"We have been criticised a bit, some of it unfair. We'll take valid criticism but when we get things going, do things correctly then we'll always be a feature in this league.

"The crowd wanted to make a statement along with the team. They were fed up of criticism and they wanted it."

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Jese the 'game-changer'

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Stoke City

Stoke manager Mark Hughes speaking to Match of the Day: "That was a big result for us. A huge amount of work was put in by the guys and you have to do that against a quality side like Arsenal. They're intelligent, quick, strong. You have to dig in at times and that's what we did.

"We struggled to play the amount of football as we wanted to. That's a credit to Arsenal.

"Everyone knew what an acquisition Jese is. He's a game-changer. You have to say he put a shift in too.

"When you think about it, he only had two or three training sessions. If that's what's to come then we'll be delighted. He's an elite player and can carry the fight for you.

"The lads around him helped him through it. It's a great learning curve for him."

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Mark Hughes with this peach of a line in his Match of the Day interview:

"We struggled to play the amount of football we wanted to. That's a credit to Arsenal."

He knows how to win, that fella.

Jese's 'dream' debut

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Stoke City

Jese is asked by BT Sport, via a translator, if this was a dream debut: "Yes, yes. Coming here from Spain I realise the Premier League is tough and it's great to get the first win of the season.

"Nothing comes easy in football. Stoke are a historic club and I'm really looking forward to getting involved with the lads.

"It's a great opportunity for me. They've got a lot of great players."

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

And so it begins...

Funny how it feels like we've been here before?

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Alex Maguire: Arsenal are the same as always, average at best. Why do the board keep faith in Wenger? It's been the same issues for years!!

Robin Best: Arsenal, to win games there is no point having all of the ball when you cannot score a goal, new season same rubbish.

Craig Smith: Sack Bould, buy a solid def-mid and get Sanchez back and we have chance. If not Arsenal can't expect top four.

'Stoke worked their socks off'

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Chris Waddle

Ex-Spurs and England winger on 5 live Sport

I've got to say, that was a really determined and gritty performance from Stoke. It's not going to be remembered for how they played, but they got the job done.

Arsenal didn't threaten, lacked ideas and lacked creativity.

Stoke worked their socks off for that result.

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BtheG: There you go again, different season the same old Arsenal.

Evan Pritchard: And it wasn't even raining.

Scott: I did say Jese would do Stoke good. Scored the winner, man of the match and a brilliant defensive performance from Stoke.

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Jese's goal on his debut seals victory for Stoke. He trots off down the tunnel. Easy this Premier League lark, right?

There will be huge frustration for Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shakes his head as he follows into the dressing room.

FULL-TIME

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That is that!

Stoke players celebrate at the final whistle
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Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Shkodran Mustafi is caught offside.

Stoke have a free-kick they will um and ah over for at least a minute here surely...

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Chris Waddle

Ex-Spurs and England winger on 5 live Sport

Danny Welbeck for me...he's got to gamble and run across the goalkeeper from that Giroud knock-down. It would have been a tap in if he had.

CHANCE!

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Olivier Giroud darts a header into the ground and just wide of the post, having moved slickly into space in the box.

ONE minute to play... The Stoke fans are singing loud... Was that it?

Stoke fans
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Jonatan L: Win, loss, draw today, Arsenal just isn't good enough, and it's too frustrating to follow

Thomashollern: Stoke have done a great job and probably deserve 3pts, they have had a couple of decisions go their way but have defended well

D r ld Clifturn: Stoke deserve this. They've been better, we've been pedestrian

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross finds Olivier Giroud's head, but no-one is there to meet the Frenchman's knock-down in the box.

He waves his arms in frustration. Sure he's not the only one.

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Rallying cries from the home support to see this through. Arsenal start from deep. Alex Iwobi on the halfway line has about 20 yards to run into before he hits a Stoke shirt.

Shkodran Mustafi can cross from the right... but slices. Off and away it flies, into oblivion and beyond. Not a good feeling.

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Bruno Martins Indi boots Aaron Ramsey's cute through ball into orbit. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain delivers from the right wing but it beats everyone. Nacho Monreal dinks in from the left and that too is cleared.

How long added on? FIVE more minutes to play.

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

TWO minute of normal time left now. Jack Butland drops a high ball in the box because he was fouled by Olivier Giroud. Free-kick Stoke.

Bruno Martins Indi is coming on for Erik Pieters. One huge centre-back for another.

Jack Butland
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Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

So we restart. Jack Butland boots up the pitch, with Pieters having hobbled off and now back on.

All this should be time added on...

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Chris Waddle

Ex-Spurs and England winger on 5 live Sport

I thought it was a good tackle, I think Mustafi played the ball, I didn't see anything really wrong with it.

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

It looks bad actually. Shkodran Mustafi went in with a high boot, over the ball, and caught Erik Pieters - just outside the box.

Pieters looks OK to carry on. Doubtless that stung a little. I'm probably safe in assuming Mark Hughes and Arsene Wenger will be discussing all this at length later.

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Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Kurt Zouma with a telling touch to poke the ball off Danny Welbeck's radar.

Stoke can break here. Erik Pieters goes down and the home fans cry foul. Andre Marriner peels away with his hands by his side as Arsenal quickly zoom into space up the pitch.

Pieters is still down. Boos ring out as the Gunners don't kick the ball out. Now it's a goal kick for Stoke and Pieters can get some treatment.

Stoke player Pieters
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Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Alex Iwobi, ankles blurring, turns in and out of two tracking markers. There's no space. Stoke have everyone behind the ball.

Theo Walcott's then thrown off by Erik Pieters' burly shoulders, and the Arsenal man can only reply with a foul.

EIGHT to play...

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

You feel it's all building to something, and then there's a moment's hesitation and the momentum switches the other way.

Arsenal, flowing into another patient move, turn possession over with a silly foul by Olivier Giroud.

They are running out of time. TEN minutes to find a leveller.

Olivier Giroud
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SUBSTITUTION

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Shkodran Mustafi can only boom Mesut Ozil's corner over the bar on his head, he was under pressure.

And here comes the cavalry. Two changes for Arsenal; Alexandre Lacazette is off for Theo Walcott.

Granit Xhaka is off for Alex Iwobi.

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Mesut Ozil coughs up a poor shot that dribbles off into the distance, helped on its way by the jeering home support.

But will the Stoke fans be bouncing down the stairs after 90 minutes?

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Arsenal are huffing and puffing. The tails are up. They sense a goal. They sense the influence of Olivier Giroud.

But still the equaliser evades them. FIFTEEN minutes to go.

Arsene Wenger's fists are firmly clasped on the bench. In the stands, searching hands go to the brow.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Alexandre Lacazette makes no mistake from this one, picking up, turning sharply and smashing into the top corner from just inside the box...

But. The assistant referee has his flag up for offside.

I tell you what. There's just a pair of laces in that. But it's the right call.

Lacazette
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SUBSTITUTION

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Jese's Stoke debut is cut short. He's off, having got the goal, replaced by Ramadan Sobhi, the Egyptian winger.

CLOSE!

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Where is the touch?! Alexandre Lacazette fluffs his lines after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's crisp cut-back finds him in space to shoot from just outside the six-yard box.

Mesut Ozil pings a shot against Darren Fletcher from the rebound, then gathers again and shapes a second effort just wide of the post.

So many chances!

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Safe to say the Stoke fans are loving this...

Jese celebration
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CHANCE!

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Brilliant first touch from Olivier Giroud as he helps play Danny Welbeck into a congested penalty box, he's under pressure from two Stoke defenders, tries to lift over the onrushing Jack Butland, but can't quite get enough on it. Scrambled away.

SUBSTITUTION

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

Nope. Arsene Wenger is going for it. Olivier Giroud is on, Sead Kolasinac the man to come off.

Two at the back? Nope, back to a back four.

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal

There are signs Olivier Giroud is being readied on the sidelines. I can't recall the last time I saw Alexandre Lacazette have a say in this but do you swap like for like now?