Stoke 3 Arsenal 2: Player ratings as ex-Barcelona man stars

Player ratings as Stoke City hold on to beat Arsenal at Britannia Stadium

By Dipak Patel
Stoke
3
Arsenal
2

Stoke City

Asmir Begovic Made a terrific reaction save from Welbeck but should have done better with Ramsey’s goal. 6/10

Phil Bardsley Had a vicious shot that caused Martinez to fumble the ball. Defensively was poor in the second half as Stoke dropped deeper and deeper. 5

Ryan Shawcross Looked solid in the first-half but seemed to panic in the second as Stoke retreated under pressure. 6

Marc Muniesa Had a good game until an unfortunate injury forced him to come off the pitch. Was commanding in the area and made a few good tackles. 6

Eric Pieters Brilliant going forward and caused Arsenal’s opposite full-back plenty of problems. Been very consistent this season. 6

Steven N’Zonzi Bossed the game in the first-half. His cross led to the opening goal. Also passed astutely and rarely gave the ball away. 7

Geoff Cameron Decent game in defence and never stopped running. Won three tackles and won one aerial battle. 6

Mame Biram Diouf He worked tirelessly in the game but gave away a stupid penalty. He ran across Flamini impeding him and gave Arsenal a route back into the game. 6

Bojan Krkic (Man of the match) Best player on the pitch. Scored a great individual effort as he dribbled inside and beat the keeper at his near post. 9

Jonathan Walters Also had a very productive game and was rewarded with a goal. He smashed the ball into the roof of the net following Crouch’s knockdown. 7

Peter Crouch Arsenal just could not deal with him all night as he won numerous headers. Scored the first goal calmly sliding the ball past Martinez. 8

Substitutes

Glenn Whelan Ran himself into the ground when he came on and made a few interceptions and tackles. 6

Charlie Adam Gave Stoke some composure in midfield but was a little wasteful with a free-kick when in a good position. 5

Robert Huth n/a

Arsenal

Emiliano Martinez Has been excellent in recent weeks, but was shaky against Stoke. Unnecessarily fumbled the ball after Bardsley’s strike at goal, was nearly caught out by a Bojan free-kick as well due to poor positioning. 4

Hector Bellerin It was a chastening experience for the young left-back and he was all over the place. Stoke identified him as the weak link of the defence and it proved that way – was substituted at half-time. 3

Calum Chambers Started the game poorly and got worse as it progressed. Should have headed the ball away but mistimed his jump completely costing his team the opening goal. His miserable night came to an end as he received a second yellow card and was sent-off. 3

Per Mertesacker They needed him to lead the defence but he was just as ponderous as his team-mates. Seems to have lost confidence in his abilities. Will be happy when Koscielny returns as he looks a much better defender alongside the Frenchman. 5

Kieran Gibbs Probably the best defender on the night but that isn’t saying much. He also had moments of uncertainty and was uncharacteristically caught out of position a few times. 6

Aaron Ramsey Showed fantastic technique to score a goal on the volley, bringing Arsenal back into the game. 7

Mathieu Flamini Could not deal with Bojan and was dragged out of position by the Spaniard so many times. Was often isolated and overpowered by the Stoke midfielders. 5

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Decent going forward and made three successful dribbles. Was booked. 6

Santi Cazorla Another bright spark from an attacking point of view. Had an effort early in the game that only narrowly went over the bar. Dispatched his penalty with composure after Flamini had been fouled. 7

Alexis Sanchez One brilliant run where he ghosted past a few challenges, and hit the post from an acute angle showed his qualities. 6

Olivier Giroud Absolutely anonymous for most of the game. Was also guilty of missing a header from point blank range after a fantastic ball by Bellerin. 5

Substitutes

Danny Welbeck Gave the Stoke defenders something different to deal with as his pace forced them to retreat. Could have scored with a header. 6

Lukas Podolski Not the impact he would have liked. A player severely lacking in confidence. 5

Joel Campbell n/a

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