As expected, there was nothing pretty about a trip to Stoke. Arsenal came away with a 0-0 draw which, while frustrating, is a significant improvement on recent trips there when the Gunners have surrendered to a meek defeat.
It’s impossible to say at this stage if the draw will be any sort of turning point or inspiration for Arsenal in the title race. Stoke have taken all three points off Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea at the Britannia this season, so a draw is a decent enough result, and it was achieved without Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and others. Without that amount of creativity, Arsenal were always likely to struggle to prize open a pretty miserly Stoke defence, so the lack of goals shouldn’t have been much of a surprise.
It wasn’t for a lack of endeavour though as Arsenal looked up for the physical…
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