By Matty Sadler
December 10 2016
The Gunners went 1-0 down after a clumsy foul by Xhaka handed Stoke a penalty and were poor for most of the first half, but improved towards the end of the half and equalised through Walcott.
The second half was a joy to watch as we played some lovely football and won the game after well taken goals by Ozil and Iwobi. Arsenal are looking very good at the moment, long may it last!
Mustafi's injury is a blow, as he has been excellent, but Gabriel filled in well at right back and looks a much more relaxed, composed footballer compared to last season. Fingers crossed he is able to continue this form at centre back as we may need him. We can call this the "reverse Monreal", who finally settled at left back after a stint at centre back.
Get Ozil and Alexis signed up.
Cech - 7. Little to do but made a great save from a Crouch header in the second half.
Gabriel - 7. Started okay at right back and did well after moving to centre back. Looks much more relaxed than he did last season.
Mustafi - 6. Was doing well before his injury. Big blow.
Koscielny - 7. Solid as usual.
Monreal - 7. Didn't have loads to do but made one great block on Arnautovic in the first half.
Xhaka - 7. A couple of clumsy moments, including the penalty, but otherwise I thought he did really well. Starting to look at home in our midfield.
Coquelin - 7. Excellent in two thirds of the pitch.
Walcott - 7. Poor first half but took his equaliser well and was much more involved in the second half.
Ozil - 7. So-so first half but looked good in the second. Took his header really well. His off the ball movement is a joy to watch.
Oxlade-Chamberlain - 7. Completely anonymous in the first half but improved in the second and played a great ball for Ozil's header.
Alexis - 7. Didn't get into the first half much but did well in the second half.
Bellerin - 7. Took a few minutes getting up to speed but we improved loads going forward when he came on.
Iwobi - 7. Did really well when he came on and took his goal excellently. Looks refreshed.
Giroud - 5. Not on long but closed down well and came close to scoring right at the death.