Stoke fans will be very happy with the debut of their new striker, Jesé Rodríguez, as he scored the winning goal against Arsenal.
The two teams started the match as follows:
Stoke (3-4-2-1): Butland – Zouma, Shawcross, Cameron – Diouf, Allen, Fletcher, Pieters – Shaqiri, Jesé – Choupo-Moting;
Arsenal (3-4-2-1): Cech – Mustafi, Monreal, Kolasinac – Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Oxlade – Ozil, Welbeck – Lacazette.
Jesé made his presence felt from the beginning. In the 4th minute, the former Real Madrid and PSG forward tried a first time shot that nearly went in. But Petr Cech was alert and pulled a great save.
In the 17th minute, Aaron Ramsey came close to scoring. The Welshman received a pass inside the box, but his shot went straight to Jack Butland, who held on.
Xherdan Shaqiri got injured in the 24th minute and had to be replaced by Saido Berahino.
Jack Butland continued his good display and saved another Aaron Ramsey shot in the 28th minute.
Half-time: After three minutes of added time, the referee whistles the end of the first half, with the teams heading to the cabins at 0-0.
1-0: Only two minutes into the second half, Stoke opened the score. Their new forward, Jesé Rodriguez received a pass inside the box from Saido Berahino and sent the ball past Petr Cech and into the bottom right corner.
In the 58th minute, Hector Bellerin had a great chance to get Arsenal back into the game, but Jack Butland was again unbeatable, saving the shot and awarding a corner kick.
Three minutes later, at the other end, Saido Berahino went very close to increase Stoke’s advantage. His header was brilliantly blocked by Petr Cech, who parried the ball away for a corner kick.
Arsenal have dominated possession, having had the ball for 76% of the time.
Cancelled goal Arsenal: In the 72nd minute, Alexandre Lacazette found himself with the ball at his feet in Stoke’s box and unleashed a quick shot into the top right corner. Unfortunately for him and his team, he was in an offside position and the goal was disallowed.
Full-time: Arsenal continued to press and look for an equaliser, but after six minutes of added time, Andre Marriner blowed the whistle and put an end to the game. Stoke win 1-0.