Let’s open with a comment from Tony Pullis after the game:
The disappointing thing for me was the number of Arsenal players that surrounded the linesman. I thought that was something you couldn’t do. If he has given the right decision, he has given the right decision. You take it on the chin and get on with it.
I haven’t got a clue what offside is now. When the linesman gives it offside, the way that Arsenal players surround the linesman, and the referee then goes over, I thought if there were more than five players, you’re not supposed to do that. The referee has reacted after that.
Were some of his players not doing exactly the same after the goal was awarded?
Each time we play Stoke, I end up with another little reason to dislike Pullis even more and many of his players he has put together!
Call themselves a football team, what a joke and Pullis sets them up in such a way.
I’d love Arsene Wenger to sign Begovic, but after that, nothing, well maybe Sorensen….
As for Chris Foy, well he really needs to be taken to one side, shown a re-run of the game and be asked how he could allow a game to be played in such a fashion.
He really was dreadful and how Theo Walcott was not lying in a hospital bed last night with broken bones courtesy of Wilkinson to name one, I do not know.
Koscielny is another. How Shawcross remained on the pitch after his studs up tackle on our defenders ‘tackle’, well, it beggars belief really!
The fans made it clear what they thought of the Stoke man, singing:
You break peoples legs , You break peoples legs, Ryan Shawcross you break peoples legs.
And then Pullis has the audacity to moan about a strong challenge by Arteta on Michael Owen late in the game, what a cheek! A lot is being made of the so called punch thrown by Owen at our Spaniard straight after the tackle, but ‘handbags’ I say. Loved the way Wilshere was straight there to protect his captain.
As for the rest of the game, the new boy Nacho slotted in as if he’d been playing in league for years, he got into a great position down the left side on more than one occasion, we just could get the pass through to him too often. That will come.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud, Walcott, Cazorla and Kos all had chances, chances which on another day, another goalkeeper won’t keep out.
We can dissect the performance in the comments section but overall I thought we were a bit better, still much room for improvement but at least we kept a clean sheet. In fact did Ches even have a shot to save?
Everton dropped two points at home yesterday and Chelsea were beaten at Newcastle, so we have gained on both clubs.
Have a good day all…..