5 Things We Learned From Arsenal 3-0 Stoke


1. Arsenal aren’t quite a one-man team. But almost. 

Alexis Sanchez is still carrying Arsenal, having scored 18 goals and notched up 9 assists in his 30 games. He’s fast become as vital to Arsenal as Luis Suarez was to Liverpool last season and his effect on the Gunners cannot be overstated. Along with Sergio Aguero and Eden Hazard, Sanchez is one of the faces of the Premier League and he proved that again with another fine display. Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain deserve praise for their roles, but this was the Sanchez show again.

 

2. Arsenal remains a non smoking area

It’s been quite a week for Wojciech Szczesny, who was left out today after it emerged he was caught smoking in the showers after Arsenal lost at Southampton recently. It’s not the first time Arsene Wenger has had to deal with a smoking problem at the club and this time he responded by benching the Pole. Wenger claimed it was for form and fatigue reasons, but his omission from the starting line-up was surely a disciplinary measure.

 

3. Stoke still cannot win at the Emirates

The may have beaten Arsenal at the Britannia but they have the worst possible record at the Emirates, having lost every single Premier League they’ve ever played there. Arsenal have won their last 12 home games against Stoke and were deserving winners again. Mark Hughes has also never won at the Emirates as a coach and Stoke will have to wait until next season to have another crack at ending that embrassing run.

 

4. Arnautovic lucky not to see red

Arnautovic, for no apparent reason, decided to shove Mathieu Debuchy into the advertising hoardings, which caused the Frenchman to suffer a dislocated shoulder. When the FA study the footage, they may decide to retrospectively punish the Austrian for a mean spirited and unnecessary foul. Just when Debuchy was cementing his place in the Arsenal team after injury problems, he looks set for another spell out.

 

5. Ozil will have to fight for his place

The home fans were delighted to see Mesut Ozil return to action after his three-month lay-off, but his place is by no means assured. Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla have all been in good form, with Aaron Ramsey unable to win back his place and Jack Wilshere to return from injury. Having faded after a bright start, Ozil has never hit the heights he did at Real Madrid – and the pressure is on to find his form.

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