Below is a list of all the results against Stoke since they got promoted to the Premier League in 2008. As we prepare to travel to the Britannia again tomorrow, this article is just a reminder of the difficulties we have faced against the Potters.
Stoke vs Arsenal – A history
Stoke got promoted in 2008, and Arsenal faced them for the first time in November of that year, at the Britannia Stadium. Since then, Arsenal have rarely managed to convincingly defeat the Potters.
Stoke 2-1 Arsenal - Two Rory Delap throw-ins and a red card for RvP left Arsenal with three league defeats by November. Clichy grabbed his first goal for the club in the dying moments, with a shot that was deflected past Sorensen – what a waste of a first goal!
Arsenal 4-1 Stoke - Arsenal went 3-0 in 18 minutes in the final game of the season, but Stoke grabbed one back before RvP scored the fourth just before the break.
Arsenal 2-0 Stoke - Despite Cesc having a penalty saved, goals from Arshavin and Ramsey won the game for the Gunners.
Stoke 3-1 Arsenal - Another Rory Delap throw-in put Arsenal behind early on, but Denilson managed to level before the break. However, two late goals on the counter attack, as Arsenal piled on the pressure, knocked Wenger’s side out of the FA Cup.
Stoke 1-3 Arsenal - You guessed it – a Rory Delap throw-in put Arsenal behind within ten minutes. Bendtner equalised before half-time, but the second-half was marred by Ramsey’s injury. Stoke fans can say what they like about Ryan Shawcross not being “that kind of player,” but when Pulis tells his players to “get stuck in” because Arsenal “don’t like it up ‘em,” then I can’t help but disagree. The challenge was rash, and left Ramsey suffering for over a year. Two goals in the dying moments from Vermaelen and Fabregas won the match for Arsenal.
Arsenal 1-0 Stoke - Squillaci scored the only goal in a crucial win for Arsenal, as we moved within a point of Man Utd. However, both Cesc and Walcott went off injured, leaving the Gunners depleted for the cup final against Birmingham.
Stoke 3-1 Arsenal - Once again, poor defending was the problem as Arsenal lost at the Britannia Stadium. The first goal came from a set piece, the second from a deflection, and the third from a catalogue of defensive errors, shortly after van Persie had given Arsenal a lifeline. However, after beating the league leaders only a week before, how did we lose?
Arsenal 3-1 Stoke - Two players that were scapegoats during the season combined to score the opener. Ramsey scooped the ball over the defence for Gervinho to score. But the lead didn’t last long – Crouch equalised from a set piece (can you believe it?!). It took another 40 minutes for Arsenal to score. Van Persie was brought on in the 66th minute and scored in the 73rd and 82nd minutes as Gervinho twice set him up.
Stoke 1-1 Arsenal - Arsenal’s season was tailing off in a way only we can do. Convincing victories against City and Wolves were sandwiched between defeats to QPR and Wigan. We travelled to Stoke with Spurs breathing down our necks for that third place, and guaranteed Champions League football. Crouch scored against us once again, with a header from Etherington’s cross. Arsenal equalised within 6 minutes after great work by Benayoun to keep the ball and find Rosicky, who lifted the ball into van Persie to tap into an empty net. Arsenal kept the pressure on and had decent chances, but failed to grab all three points.