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Wenger – The referee cost Arsenal the game

We are still all in shock after Arsenal’s defeat to Stoke yesterday, and Arsene Wenger thinks that his strike force was ineffectual, but the defeat was simply down to a bad decision by the referee who awarded Stoke a penalty.

Wenger said on Arsenal.com: “I felt we had a good defensive performance and overall we are unlucky to lose this game. Offensively we didn’t create enough and our offensive game was poor considering our standards. At the end of the day we didn’t score because of that. We conceded a goal that was a nice gift from the referee but it can happen.

Arsenal v Stoke Player ratings – Sagna MOM?

Stoke 1 – 0 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 7
Made a couple of decent saves but couldn’t do much for the penalty.

Sagna – 7.5
He was decent today defensively but struggled offensively as he was often left on his own whilst Cazorla was all over the place.

Mertesacker – 6.5
Crouch won the aerial battle with him and bullied him throughout the game. Not the best game from Mertesacker.

Koscielny – 6.5
Wasn’t great today and gave away the penalty. It was definitely harsh but he shouldn’t have given the ref an opportunity to penalise us.

Predict the Arsenal score at Stoke to win a JustArsenal T-Shirt

So we have yet another crucial game in the ever-tighter race for the Premiership title and the winner will get an exclusive JustArsenal T-Shirt. Not to be sniffed at!

I am going to start a Gallery of JustArsenal readers very shortly so any previous winners should send me a picture of themselves in the magic T-Shirt, but we will accept any pics of readers in Arsenal shirts or taken at Arsenal games.

So as you all know by now, to have a chance of winning, simply tell us, in the comments section below, what you think the following three things will be:

Stoke vs Arsenal – We must believe we can slaughter them!

Stoke City vs Arsenal match preview by Ash

The Premier League is back after a week that saw the players get a rest because of a previous very busy period, Mesut Ozil come under fire once again and transfer rumours galore regarding Arsenal’s supposed target Alavro Morata. The Gunners haven’t been in action in midweek after playing their Champions League tie and the next round of the FA Cup isn’t for two more weeks. Therefore Arsenal have had a nice little break away from the game but they will need to have complete focus yet again if they are going to come away from our next opponents with all three points.

Stoke City v Arsenal Preview, plus line-up and score prediction

Stoke vs Arsenal Preview, Line up and predicted score by KJ

It’s a rarity to have a week’s rest before a game but Arsenal have been afforded such luxury before this crucial game against Stoke. Stoke away has been a terrible game for us. We’ve failed to win there far too many times and it is home to the player that broke Ramsey’s leg and pushed back his development by at least 2 years.

Wenger admits that Stoke will be a tough fixture

With the title race hotting up, Arsenal are still hanging on Chelsea’s shirt tails, and with the leaders contesting a relatively easy game against relegation fodder Fulham, Arsenal really need to take all three points from this weekends visit to the Brittania Stadium.

Wenger is fully aware that Stoke can be hard to beat at home, but he is hoping that the two-day break he awarded his players will allow them to arrive fully refreshed. Wenger said: “Stoke is a big game for us. We have to focus on our results because we are in a period where we have to push on.

Ozil says he’s ready but should Arsenal start him at Stoke?

The record signing of Arsenal Football Club has been the subject of great speculation in the media and among fans recently. His performances have been studied from all sorts of angles to analyse why his performances had dropped off recently and nobody was surprised when Arsene Wenger left him out of the matchday squad for last weekend’s home game against Sunderland.

But Wenger claimed it was due to an injury picked up in the match against Bayern Munich, which did raise a few eyebrows and cause a few beards to be stroked. Stats have been produced to show that Ozil’s sprints per game have been falling away dramatically since the new year and so it was assumed that he needed a rest and the dead leg suggestion was just an excuse.

Arsenal team spirit is best Podolski has ever seen

A lot of Arsenal fans have been left scratching their heads this season as to why Lukas Podolski has not been used more. Of course, the German forward was out for months with a terrible hamstring injury picked up in just the fourth game of the season against Fenerbahce, which was hugely frustrating for him and the club because he had smashed a double in the previous game and was looking sharp.

Arsenal may have 2 clubs willing to take Bendtner – Great news Gooners!

Is it all over for Bendtner at Arsenal? by AT

Most Arsenal fans are already at that point where they cannot stand to see striker Nicklas Bendtner on the pitch in a red and white shirt anymore. After another lacklustre performance against Chelsea in the League cup, many Arsenal fans have called for his head and the Danish international might well be on his way out of the Emirates come the opening of the January transfer window.

Arsenal warrior Flamini may have gone too far against Stoke

Flamini could be banned by Ash

Mathieu Flamini has often been a controversial character when it comes to Arsenal. If it’s not when he is walking out the door over contract disputes or getting his name in the book for a dirty tackle, he is always making himself known both on and off the pitch.

Not much has changed since we last saw Flamini previous to this season, back in 2008. The then 24 year old was a real character in the essence that although he was a very good player, his levels of aggression were always something to be wary about. And now after re-joining the club in the summer it looks as if there is no difference.

Flamini as good a signing for Arsenal as Ozil says Smudger!!

The former Arsenal and England international striker Alan Smith always keeps a keen eye out for what is going on with the Gunners, and his latest thoughts on the current state of affairs might come as a surprise to some, but not the Arsenal fans who have been watching the performances of Mathieu Flamini.

Smith feels that Flamini, who returned to Arsenal on a free transfer this summer, could be just as important to the Club as the record signing Mesut Ozil, who cost £42.5 million from Real Madrid. It is fair to say that the announcement of Flamini on a free merely fanned the flames of fans’ anger at the time, but the outlay on Ozil gave everybody a lift and put a smile on fans’ faces.

Critics of Arsenal’s win over Stoke are Out of Order

Why Arsenal’s win at Stoke was more impressive than the performance by KJ

Sunday was a very good day for Arsenal, as all the fans that made their way to the Emirates (which has been a few weeks now) were able to witness a good 3 – 1 win against Stoke (who’ve started a rivalry with us because of Pulis and Shawcross’ recklessness). Many, including the media, have gone out of their way to discredit the performance because of Stoke uncharacteristically having more possession than us. I personally feel that some of the criticism is uncalled for and I’ll explain why.