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

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92:36 +2.36

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain produces a cross.

90:17 +0.17

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

89:47

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

88:43

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

87:41

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.

86:28

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

86:03

Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save by Vito Mannone.

83:43

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.

83:12

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

81:50

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.

79:56

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.

77:59

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.

76:50

Centre by Theo Walcott, blocked by Robert Huth.

76:25

Peter Crouch crosses the ball.

75:23

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

73:48

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.

72:21

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

71:07

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

70:32

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

69:25

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.

69:06

Shot by Santi Cazorla. Blocked by Geoff Cameron.

68:49

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

68:22

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

68:00

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

65:45

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

64:57

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

62:55

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.

61:51

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.

61:09

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.

59:37

Centre by Lukas Podolski, save by Asmir Begovic.

58:42

The ball is delivered by Michael Kightly.

58:12

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

56:31

Santi Cazorla delivers the ball.

55:24

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

53:31

Peter Crouch takes a shot. Blocked by Per Mertesacker.

51:31

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.

50:35

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

48:09

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

47:20

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

45:51 +0.51

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

45:23 +0.23

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

42:28

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

40:40

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

40:22

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

40:12

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

35:45

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.

34:30

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.

34:05

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

31:57

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

31:06

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

28:53

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

26:35

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

24:43

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

22:45

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

20:29

Kieran Gibbs produces a cross.

18:39

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

18:05

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

15:30

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.

14:41

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

13:52

The ball is swung over by Olivier Giroud.

11:11

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

8:26

Inswinging corner taken by Santi Cazorla.

8:10

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

6:29

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

5:59

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

1:56

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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