Arsenal ran out convincing 3-0 winners against a beleaguered Stoke City who seemed shell shocked by Arsenal's frantic start to the game.
Within the 1st five minutes of the game Arsenal had Stoke penned inside their box and already had two sighters on goal, drives from Alexis Sanchez and then by Tomas Rosicky forced Asmir Begovic into desperate saves.
A minute later Arsenal had their first goal of the game. Laurent Koscienly scored it with a wonderful header. Alexis Sanchez managed to slip in a cross after lax defending for Steven N'zonzi. His pin-point cross found Koscienly who was left free to power in a header. The goal was the earliest Arsenal have scored this season and adds more woes to Stoke City who have conceded the most goals from set pieces.
Reeling from going a goal down so early, aggressiveness started to seep into some of the Stoke players - Mathieu Debuchy was a casualty of a nasty barge from Marko Arnautovic. Debuchy was left in a heap on the floor and was later taken off for Hector Bellerin after being sidelined for several minutes on the side of the advertising hoardings. It was later revealed Debuchy had dislocated his shoulder, though it is unknown how long he will be out for.
Undeterred by Arsenal's superiority, Nacho Monreal was the next player to feel the wrath of a bad challenge. The Arsenal left back was down on the floor for four minutes - making up the bulk of 1st half stoppage time - and needed stitching to come back on the field.
With Stoke still looking energetic, albeit without ever threatening, Arsenal needed a third to put the game beyond doubt. Alexis Sanchez was the man to deliver the sucker punch with a deceptive free-kick that crept under the jumping Stoke wall. Asmir Begovic dived to the ball but could only divert it onto the post and then push it in in a bizarre and disappointing sequence.
With Stoke demoralised, the game descended into a training exercise with Arsene Wenger throwing on the previously injured Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil to get some much needed game time.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaking to Match of the Day: "We had a strong start and we knew that was vital today.
"Alexis Sanchez is one of the best players. He's a fighter with a combination of talent and fighting spirit which is very difficult to find.
"He plays with passion and you want people to enjoy what they're doing on the pitch and show it as well."
Stoke manager Mark Hughes speaking to Match of the Day: "We feel like we could've done better.
"We got off to a poor start and fell behind early. Our confidence waned from then on and we were a little bit slower in our work and our concentration.
"We never got to grips in wide areas really and deal with the talent Arsenal have coming forward. We were well-beaten on the day and we can have no complaints."
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