Stoke City v Arsenal Tips and Odds - EPL Matchweek 2

"I think the team is confident and in both matches winning 1-0 at halftime, we didn't start the second half looking like we had to keep a clean sheet to win the match", he said.

Alexandre Lacazette had a goal chalked off for the tightest of offside calls and Olivier Giroud missed a late header, but other than that, Stoke's goal was hardly threatened.

"It was a very frustrating evening". When you have the number of chances we had away from home and you don't score, you can always complain about the offence and defence.

"It was 1-0 and we thought let's go for more and exploit the fragile morale of the opponent".

"First by losing the ball and then afterwards we didn't defend properly for the goal. We created many chances, we had great domination, but unfortunately we dropped three points".

Wenger, who expects Alexis Sanchez to be fit next week, added midfielder Mesut Ozil should not be singled out for criticism.

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"Last week we conceded two goals on corners and they only had three shots on goal, so I don't believe we defended so badly", he said.

"It is a hard defeat to swallow". As Stoke established itself in the top tier of English football and looked to play a more aesthetically pleasing style by signing former Barcelona and Real Madrid players, the results against Arsenal actually deteriorated.

"To lose a game like that is disappointing You don't want to lose games that you should win". Defensively there is no excuse.

"I saw glimpses of that in training and knew if we could get him on the pitch and give him some minutes he would have opportunities to show what he can do. I was not convinced by our central defence today".

Since moving to the Premier League four years ago, the Germany global has consistently failed to step up in the matches where Arsenal are struggling and help them find a way back into the game.

It would be a huge loss for Arsenal if Sanchez is sold to City as they are not only their direct rivals for the Premier League title, but the Chilean is also their best player.

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