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  • Date:26 Aug 2012
  • Kick-off:13:30
  • Venue:Britannia Stadium
  • Attendance:27,072
Goal!

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93mins

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain produces a cross.

91mins

Thomas Vermaelen challenges Jonathan Walters unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marc Wilson takes the free kick.

90mins

The ball is delivered by Olivier Giroud, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.

89mins

Effort by Olivier Giroud from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

88mins

Mikel Arteta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Kightly. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Michael Kightly, Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.

87mins

Effort from outside the penalty box by Aaron Ramsey goes wide right of the target.

87mins

Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save by Vito Mannone.

84mins

Aaron Ramsey sends in a cross, clearance by Wilson Palacios. Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line played to the near post, Wilson Palacios manages to make a clearance. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Shotton. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.

84mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Mikel Arteta, Geoff Cameron manages to make a clearance.

82mins

Outswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

80mins

Unfair challenge on Olivier Giroud by Robert Huth results in a free kick. Wilson Palacios comes on in place of Glenn Whelan. Aaron Ramsey is brought on as a substitute for Santi Cazorla. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.

78mins

The ball is crossed by Marc Wilson, Foul by Peter Crouch on Kieran Gibbs, free kick awarded. Ryan Shotton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Peter Crouch. Direct free kick taken by Vito Mannone.

77mins

Centre by Theo Walcott, blocked by Robert Huth.

77mins

Peter Crouch crosses the ball.

76mins

A cross is delivered by Kieran Gibbs, Asmir Begovic makes a save.

74mins

Centre by Carl Jenkinson, Vassiriki Diaby produces a mishit right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

73mins

Mikel Arteta produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

72mins

(Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Theo Walcott coming on for Yao Gervinho. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Lukas Podolski.

71mins

Unfair challenge on Marc Wilson by Carl Jenkinson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Marc Wilson.

70mins

Inswinging corner taken by Santi Cazorla from the left by-line, Effort from inside the area by Olivier Giroud misses to the left of the target.

70mins

Shot by Santi Cazorla. Blocked by Geoff Cameron.

69mins

Ryan Shawcross concedes a free kick for a foul on Olivier Giroud. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

69mins

The ball is sent over by Andy Wilkinson, Close range shot by Peter Crouch goes wide of the left-hand upright.

68mins

The ball is sent over by Geoff Cameron, blocked by Santi Cazorla.

66mins

Cameron Jerome produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

65mins

(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Cameron Jerome coming on for Jermaine Pennant.

63mins

Andy Wilkinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Thomas Vermaelen. The referee books Andy Wilkinson for unsporting behaviour. Mikel Arteta has an effort direct from the free kick.

62mins

Jonathan Walters challenges Mikel Arteta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mikel Arteta from right channel, clearance made by Geoff Cameron.

62mins

A cross is delivered by Lukas Podolski, clearance made by Marc Wilson. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Santi Cazorla from the right by-line, clearance by Robert Huth.

60mins

Centre by Lukas Podolski, save by Asmir Begovic.

59mins

The ball is delivered by Michael Kightly.

59mins

Vassiriki Diaby concedes a free kick for a foul on Geoff Cameron. Marc Wilson takes the free kick.

57mins

Santi Cazorla delivers the ball.

56mins

Peter Crouch challenges Per Mertesacker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Vito Mannone.

54mins

Peter Crouch takes a shot. Blocked by Per Mertesacker.

52mins

Santi Cazorla takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Jonathan Walters makes a clearance. The ball is swung over by Santi Cazorla, Jermaine Pennant gets a block in.

51mins

Yao Gervinho produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

49mins

The ball is swung over by Jermaine Pennant, Vassiriki Diaby makes a clearance.

48mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Vassiriki Diaby. Ryan Shawcross takes the free kick.

46mins

Corner taken right-footed by Santi Cazorla, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.

46mins

Inswinging corner taken by Santi Cazorla, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.

43mins

Peter Crouch has an effort at goal. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen.

41mins

Inswinging corner taken by Santi Cazorla from the left by-line played to the near post.

41mins

Michael Kightly sends in a cross, Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.

41mins

The ball is delivered by Geoff Cameron, clearance made by Per Mertesacker.

36mins

Foul by Lukas Podolski on Jermaine Pennant, free kick awarded. Jermaine Pennant delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Olivier Giroud.

35mins

Corner taken right-footed by Santi Cazorla, free kick awarded for a foul by Olivier Giroud on Marc Wilson. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.

35mins

Santi Cazorla takes a shot from 25 yards. Save made by Asmir Begovic.

32mins

Santi Cazorla produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

32mins

Santi Cazorla fouled by Marc Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

29mins

Michael Kightly takes a shot. Comfortable save by Vito Mannone.

27mins

Shot by Andy Wilkinson. Vito Mannone makes a comfortable save.

25mins

Effort on goal by Lukas Podolski from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

23mins

Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Comfortable save by Asmir Begovic.

21mins

Kieran Gibbs produces a cross.

19mins

Handball decision goes against Peter Crouch. Per Mertesacker restarts play with the free kick.

19mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Mikel Arteta. Marc Wilson restarts play with the free kick.

16mins

Olivier Giroud fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Huth booked for unsporting behaviour. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Santi Cazorla. Santi Cazorla produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

15mins

The official flags Jonathan Walters offside. Thomas Vermaelen restarts play with the free kick.

14mins

The ball is swung over by Olivier Giroud.

12mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Lukas Podolski. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.

9mins

Inswinging corner taken by Santi Cazorla.

9mins

Lukas Podolski has an effort at goal. Andy Wilkinson gets a block in.

7mins

Jonathan Walters is caught offside. Vito Mannone restarts play with the free kick.

6mins

Michael Kightly crosses the ball, Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.

2mins

Andy Wilkinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Santi Cazorla. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.

Match Preview

Pulis highlights importance of `special atmosphere' Stoke manager Tony Pulis expects a "special atmosphere" at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday when the club host Arsenal in their first home game of the season. Recent clashes with the Gunners have acquired an edge with the last meeting between the sides in the Potteries in April marred by home fans' booing of visiting midfielder Aaron Ramsey and manager Arsene Wenger. The animosity dates back to an incident two-and-a-half years ago when Ramsey's leg was badly broken in a tackle from Stoke's Ryan Shawcross, who has since been booed by Arsenal fans. Ahead of the latest clash, Pulis has highlighted the positives for which Stoke fans have become renowned and hopes they can again prove an important factor in his side's season. Pulis, speaking at his preview press conference, said: "It's always a special atmosphere for these games. They always look forward to this game. There are five or six really big games in a season and this is right up there with them. "It is important we maintain that atmosphere that is so special when they get going. People talk about it but it is true. It is a massive help to us as a football team. Without them I don't think we would have achieved what we have achieved." Tony Pulis has no fresh injury concerns ahead of their Barclays Premier League match against Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday. But Dean Whitehead is serving a one-match ban after he was dismissed in last weekend's opening league game at Reading. American summer signing Geoff Cameron is available and should begin training with his new side after he was cleared to enter the country on Thursday. Jermaine Pennant could return to the squad after recovering from the thigh injury which kept him out from the game against the Royals. Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger maintains Arsenal will only move for a "special player" in the closing days of the transfer window. The Gunners sold former captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United and last week saw defensive midfielder Alex Song move to Barcelona, bringing in the best part of #40million. Wenger is expected to add some more fresh faces after the summer arrivals of Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla, who impressed on his debut, German striker Lukas Podolski and France forward Olivier Giroud. A season-long loan deal for Real Madrid's Turkey international Nuri Sahin is "not alive", according to the Arsenal manager, who has also been linked with Sevilla winger Jesus Navas and Rennes' #17million-rated midfielder Yann M'Vila. However, Wenger insists if the club move again in the market, it will have to be for the right man. "We will only take players who have something special," said the Arsenal manager. "We are still in the market in some positions, but overall we believe we have a very strong squad. "We have a good mixture because we have experienced players in midfield like [Mikel] Arteta and [Santi] Cazorla, like [Tomas] Rosicky, and some young very promising players like [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, [Aaron] Ramsey, [Francis] Coquelin, [Jack] Wilshere and one or two in between age wise like [Abou] Diaby, who is coming back. We believe we have a good mixture." Arsenal will assess goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who has a minor rib problem, ahead of Sunday's trip to Stoke. England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (ankle) is fit again, along with reserve keeper Lukasz Fabianski (back). However, defender Laurent Koscielny (calf) will again miss out, along with Tomas Rosicky (hamstring). Midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle) continues his rehabilitation from an ankle injury as does defender Bacary Sagna (broken leg).

Formation:442Manager: Tony Pulis

Stoke

Formation: 433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Asmir Begovic
  • Andy Wilkinson
  • Robert Huth
  • Ryan Shawcross
  • Marc Wilson
  • Jermaine Pennant
  • Geoff Cameron
  • Glenn Whelan
  • Michael Kightly
  • Jonathan Walters
  • Peter Crouch
  • SUBS
  • Thomas Sorensen
  • Wilson Palacios
  • Kenwyne Jones
  • Matthew Upson
  • Rory Delap
  • Ryan Shotton
  • Cameron Jerome

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Last Meetings

  • Stoke
  • 1 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 28/04/2012
  • Arsenal
  • 3 - 1
  • Stoke
  • 23/10/2011
  • Stoke
  • 3 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 08/05/2011
  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 0
  • Stoke
  • 23/02/2011
  • Stoke
  • 1 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 27/02/2010
  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 0
  • Stoke
  • 05/12/2009

Top Scorers

Stoke

  • M Kightly 1

Arsenal

    Goals

    Stoke

      • Total goals 2
      • Goals per game 1
    • 1 (For) Period 31-40 mins
    • (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

    Arsenal

      • Total goals NaN
      • Goals per game

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