Paris Saint-German loan signing Jese Rodriguez to Stoke City struck in the 47th minutes, to score the decisive goal that gave his side an important 1-0 victory against Arsene Wenger’s men, who have failed to get a back-to-back victory after their opener since 2009/2010 season.
It was surely painful for Wenger’s men who boasted 77 per cent possession at the 365 Stadium, made 18 attempts on goal but still failed to convert it to a goal. Getting a draw looked like their last hope, but yet the goal did not come to give them the consolation.
Wenger will definitely not appreciate the judgment of referee Andre Marriner who denied his side an opportunity to play a penalty after Zouma appeared to handle Aaron Ramsey’s header inside the 18-yard-box.
Frustrated Wenger introduced Olivier Giroud in the 66th minute as Arsenal went in search of an equaliser, probably hoping for a similar impact to the one the striker made against Leicester last week. But Stoke locked up.
Wenger told BBC Sport: “It’s a difficult defeat to swallow. We had chances – we should have won the game comfortably.
“We were unlucky. I think we scored a regular goal that was given offside and it wasn’t offside