FT: Stoke 0 Arsenal 0

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It was far from a thriller, with very few decent opportunities at either end. Arsenal had the majority of the ball and forced 12 corners to Stoke's none, but have now failed to score in both of their first two fixtures.

90+4
Mason blows for full-time and it finishes honours even.

90+3
Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross drifts well wide and out of play. Time is almost up.

90+1
Another good claim from Mannone as he gathers with Jerome in attendance.

90
Three minutes of added time will be played.

89
Astonishingly audacious effort from Giroud as he attempts to lob Begovic from long range and out wide on the left following Oxlade-Chamberlain's superb pass. The ball is only narrowly over the bar, but Ramsey was in acres of space through the middle.

88
Begovic is taking his time over goalkicks, much to the anger of the visiting fans.

87
Ramsey has a shot from outside the area but it flies a couple of yards wide of the target.

86
Ramsey loses possession in midfield and Kighly is quickly onto the ball. His pass releases Walters, but the striker gets his angles all wrong as he tries to beat Mannone.

84
Arsenal force another corner, their 11th of the contest while Stoke are yet to win one. It is soon followed by number 12.

82
Some home fans are inexplicably booing Ramsey, the player whose leg was broken by Potters defender Ryan Shawcross.

81
And Arsenal do likewise, with Aaron Ramsey coming on for Cazorla.

81
Stoke make their third and final switch as Whelan goes off and Wilson Palacios joins the fray.

80
Shouts of handball from the home faithful as Jenkinson controls the ball on his chest in the area. Mason is not interested.

78
Stoke make another switch as Ryan Shotton comes on for Crouch. Warm applause for the big striker as he leaves the field.

77
Crouch delivers a good cross into the box which Kightly heads down, but Arsenal are able to clear.

76
Cazorla, who has probably seen more of the ball than any other Arsenal player, lofts a cross into the hands of Begovic.

74
Diaby scuffs his shot wide after being found in the area by Jenkinson's cross.

73
Arteta is given a sight of goal after Giroud's attempted pass somehow finds his feet, but can only fire the ball high and wide of the target.

72
Double change for Arsenal. Gervinho is replaced by Theo Walcott, while Podolski makes way for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

71
Giroud goes for the spectacular but his scissor-kick only hits the ground before bouncing harmleslly wide. Changes on the way for the Gunners.

70
Corner to Arsenal as Cazorla's long-range effort flicks off the toe of Wilson as it goes over the bar.

69
Crouch does well to get a toe to a driven cross towards the far post but is unable to divert the ball back across the face.

66
First change of the day is made by Stoke, with Cameron Jerome coming on for Pennant.

65
Arteta smashes the ball towards goal, but the massed ranks of the Stoke wall stand firm.

63
Wilkinson goes into the book for a challenge on Vermaelen on the edge of the box which can only really be described as wild. Opportunity for Arsenal here.

63
Cazorla's latest delivery is again cleared by Stoke, but Walters puts them back under pressure by conceding a needless free-kick, but it comes to nothing.

62
Great skill by Arteta out on the flank sets Arsenal on the attack before Giroud forces a corner.

61
Mannone is off his line well to gather a high ball into the box under pressure from Walters. He then blots his copy-book by booting the ball out for a Stoke throw.

60
We've reached the hour mark of this contest and with the score still level it could be time for Wenger or Pulis to make a change.

59
Kightly works himself enough room to deliver a cross from the left only to overhit the ball out of play.

58
Pennant goes to ground under Gibbs' challenge out on the right of the penalty area. Stoke are convinced they should have a penalty, but Mason and his assistant who is just yards away are uninterested. Cue boos around the Britannia.

57
Cazorla's attempt to cross the ball towards the back post goes all wrong and it flies out for a goalkick. Arsenal's subs are warming up on the sidelines.

56
Crouch is penalised for clashing with Mertesacker after Wilkinson's ball into the box.

54
Corner for Stoke and Shawcross goes to keep Mannone company on the line, but the Gunners defence clear the danger.

Gabriel Sutton writes: "Think Arsenal have done well to control the possession for this game and will need to continue to do so if they want to limit Stoke's physical threat. Wenger should think about putting on Walcott and Chamberlain though if they want to really stretch Stoke - Cazorla and Giroud might take time to settle and make an impact on the team. Despite a reasonably encouraging half for Arsenal, I think I'll stick with a Stoke win."

53
The opportunity is wasted as the attempt to find a near post flick-on is comfortably dealt with by Stoke.

52
Corner for the Gunners as they continue to press for the opener.

49
Diaby finds Gerviho, but his attempted cross deflects back off his own boot and out for a goalkick, with Jenkinson's proximity not helping the situation for his team-mate.

49
Vermaelen clears after Crouch's knockdown is crossed back into the box by Pennant.

47
Arsenal on the ball again in the early stages, but still lacking the required penetration.

46
Stoke get the second period of this Premier League contest under way.

The two teams are back out for the second period. No changes from either side.

If you fancy a flutter on the outcome of this fixture, our friends at Sky Bet are offering 11/4 on a Stoke success, 7/5 on the draw, with Arsenal available at 6/4.

There were very few clear-cut chances at either end with Arsenal dominating possession without really testing Begovic. Cazorla's long-range effort was the closest they came, while Walters' early strike was correctly ruled out for offside.

45+1
The tame kick is headed away and Mason brings the half to a close.

45
Cazorla's kick is put behind by Shawcross for a second Gunners corner, much to the Stoke man's anger.

45
Arsenal win a corner as Wilkinson slides in on Gervinho. One additional minute will be played.

44
Giroud closes down Wilson and wants a corner, but the assistant and referee Mason award a goalkick.

43
Crouch volleys goalwards from outside the area but his effort is charged down by the Gunners defence.

42
Stoke fail to clear their lines fully after an Arsenal corner and Giroud's burst into the box is only halted by an excellent challenge from Ryan Shawcross.

41
Walters and Pennant combine to feed Cameron, whose hanging cross into the area is well cleared by the Gunners defence.

39
Plenty of Arsene Wenger masks on show among the home supporters. They must be big fans of the Gunners manager. Possibly.

38
Gervinho finds space on the right and looks to take men on and burst into the box, but he only succeeds in falling over his own feet and allowing the ball to run out for a goalkick.

38
Cameron lofts a long throw into the box, but Mannone gathers cleanly through the crowd.

37
Pennant delivers the ball into the box but Giroud is back to dive and head away under pressure from Walters.

36
Podolski is penalised for a foul on Pennant and Stoke have the chance to fire a free-kick into the area.

34
SAVE! Cazorla hits a swerving effort from long-range which Begovic has to dive to his right to fist away for a corner. The kick comes to nothing as Mason spots an infringement from the Gunners.

32
The free-kick goes short to the diminutive playmaker, who drags his effort wide and the home fans unite in their jeers.

31
Wilson is penalised for his challenge on Cazorla. Painful one for the Spaniard, who is only just getting back onto his feet.

29
Kightly hits a rasper from outside the box which warms Mannone's palms, with the keeper grateful to be right behind that one. Walters set up the chance with a quick break and neat cut-back.

28
Cazorla shows good skill again outside the Stoke area and attempts to thread a pass through to Giroud, only for Huth to provide a timely interception.

27
Mannone is called into action to gather Wilkinson's shot from Crouch's knockdown, but it was a routine save for the Gunners keeper.

26
Giroud drifts out to the right and attempts to release Gervinho as he races into the area, but overhits the pass and it goes out for a goalkick.

25
Podolski is the next Gunners player to try his luck from range, working a yard of space outside the box and firing in a shot, but he gets right under the ball and it sails harmlessly high over the bar.

23
Vermaelen brings the ball out of defence and releases Podolski, whose ball is tight into the feet of Cazorla. He manages to get a shot away from a central position but it lacks power and is simple for Begovic.

21
Lovely play from Arsenal as Cazorla finds Diaby who then feeds Gibbs. His cross is chipped to the back post but is just to high for the on-rushing Gervinho.

20
Fourth official Howard Webb had Arsene Wenger in his ear moments ago, and now it's Tony Pulis' turn as he contests the award of a free-kick against his side.

19
Coming up to the 20 minute mark and Arsenal have enjoyed 69 per cent of the possession so far.

17
Totally wasted by Cazorla. His first effort goes into the feet of the wall before his follow-up is dragged wide.

16
First booking of the day goes to Huth as he clatters into Podolski on the edge of the area in a very central position. Danger here.

15
Referee Lee Mason awards a free-kick to Arsenal as Stoke stray offside, even though the Gunners were in possession close to the halfway line, and then makes them move back another five yards.

14
Diaby and Giroud combine on the edge of the Stoke area, with the Frenchman's eventual shot lashed well wide and closer to the corner flag.

13
Gibbs overlaps down the left and delivers a dangerous low cross which Huth does well to hack away.

12
Podolski heads narrowly over the bar from Cazorla's cultured clip into the area, but is flagged offside.

11
Walters goes down after laying the ball off. He gets to his feet rather gingerly and is pointing an accusing finger at Arteta, who was in close attendance.

9
Replays show the ball struck Wilkinson's arm on that block, but given he was off balance, not looking at the ball and about 30cm away from Podolski's boot, any penalty award would have been rather harsh.

8
Arsenal go close as Wilkinson slips at the crucial moment following Giroud's ball into the box, but recovers enough to block Podolski's shot. Lucky escape for the Potters there.

7
GOAL RULED OUT! Stoke have the ball in the net as Walters converts from Crouch's knockdown in the box, but the assistant's flag is immediately raised. Tight call.

6
Kightly takes on Jenkinson and delivers an excellent cross which Arsenal head away.

5
Scrappy period of play in midfield with misplaced passes from boths sides.

3
Arsenal are seeing plenty of the ball in the opening stages, but Stoke are always quickly into the tackles, with the Gunners' passes moving quite slowly across the surface, with the grass looking longer then they are accustomed to at the Emirates.

2
Early touch from Cazorla goes astray as he attempts to feed Gibbs on the left flank but the ball goes out, much to the delight of the home faithful.

1
Nice ball from Crouch releases Kightly down the left, but his attempted cut-back into the area is cut out by the Gunners defence.

1
Arsenal kick-off in their change kit.

Time for the pre-match handshakes and formalities before the action gets under way.

The two teams are in the tunnel and are ready to make their way out onto the surface.

Zoltan has been in touch to say: "I am an Arsenal fan and very optimistic about this season, but I'd be happy with a draw today."

Kyle from Canning Town writes: "I think Arsenal will win 3-1. Podolski and Santi to score and Walcott coming off the bench to out-pace the defence and score a goal. Walters will score but hoping that Arsenal pull their socks up and show the world that losing RVP isn't all bad."

Spanish Stokie Phil writes: "Was really looking forward to this game and was hoping a fully fit Palacios would start and show us what a good player he is meant to be. A little disapointed he's on the bench. 2-1 Stoke for me."

Opta stat No.3: In 2011-12, Stoke scored the highest percentage of goals from set pieces in the Premier League (58%), while Arsenal scored the lowest percentage from dead ball situations (14%).Six of the nine goals Stoke have scored against Arsenal have come from set pieces.

Opta stat No.2: Peter Crouch has scored seven Premier League goals against Arsenal; only versus Blackburn (8) has he been more prolific. He has scored in both games for Stoke against the Gunners.

Opta stat No.1: Since their return to the top flight, there have been five meetings in all competitions between Stoke and Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium with the Potters winning three to the Gunners' one.

Couple of Opta stats coming up with kick-off now less than 15 minutes away.

Gabriel from Birmingham reckons: "I actually fancy Stoke to win this one. Arsenal have lost the spine of their team now and it's a similar story for Wenger who will have to build his team up again. I fancy Stoke to have too much in the aerial department for this Arsenal team in transition- I'm going to say 1-0, Crouch to score."

Fellow Gunner Alex says: "Feeling a strong Arsenal performance today. 3-1 to the Gunners with Arteta netting and Giroud starting up his tally with 2! Cazorla to run the show."

Arsenal fan Tony from Devon writes: "Got a great feeling about this game. After last week, I'm sure the Arsenal new boys will just want to get stuck right in! Arsenal to win 2-1."

If you want to have your say on today's game then drop me a line to rob.parrish@bskyb.com or via Twitter @skysportsrobp and I'll publish a selection of the best.

Stoke make two changes from the game against Reading. Dean Whitehead is suspended after his red card and is replaced by Jeff Cameron, while Jermaine Pennant comes in for Matthew Etherington.

Arsene Wenger is forced to make a change in goal as a rib injury rules Wojciech Szczesny out of action with Vito Mannone coming in as the last line of defence. Olivier Giroud takes the place of Theo Walcott in the starting XI in the only other change from the side which faced Sunderland.

Arsenal: Mannone; Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Merteksaker, Gibbs; Podolski, Diaby, Arteta, Cazorla, Gervinho; Giroud.

Stoke: Begovic; Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson; Pennant, Cameron, Whelan, Kightly; Walters, Crouch.

Stoke looked to be on course for victory away to Reading in their first Premier League contest of the new season, only to be denied by Adam Le Fondre's late penalty for the Royals.

The Gunners were frustrated to only take a point from their opening game of the season when the absence of Robin van Persie was immediately felt in their 0-0 draw with Sunderland at Emirates Stadium.

Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of this afternoon's game from the Britannia Stadium.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 16 August 2014
12:45
Man Utd v Swansea  
15:00
Leicester v Everton  
QPR v Hull City  
Stoke City v A Villa  
West Brom v Sunderland  
West Ham v Tottenham  
17:30
Arsenal v C Palace  
Sunday, 17 August 2014
13:30
Liverpool v Southampton  
16:00
Newcastle v Man City  
Monday, 18 August 2014
20:00
Burnley v Chelsea  
Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle  
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 0 0 0
2 A Villa 0 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0 0
4 Chelsea 0 0 0
5 C Palace 0 0 0
6 Everton 0 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0 0
8 Leicester 0 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0 0
10 Man City 0 0 0
11 Man Utd 0 0 0
12 Newcastle 0 0 0
13 QPR 0 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0 0
17 Swansea 0 0 0
18 Tottenham 0 0 0
19 West Brom 0 0 0
20 West Ham 0 0 0

Updated Tue, 15 Jul 2014

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