By Reece Dixon
A debut goal for Jese Rodriguez saw Arsenal suffer their first defeat of the season.
The Gunners lost 1-0 to Stoke City on Saturday. A result which has already left Arsene Wenger under pressure from the supporters.
The Frenchman’s tactics raised questions prior to the game when traditional left-backs Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal were positioned at centre-half, while Per Mertesacker was left on the substitutes bench and Rob Holding left out altogether.
The decision proved pivotal as the Gunners were found wanting throughout the game.
Arsenal have now failed to win any of their opening two league games since 2009 and are already playing catch up to the leaders.
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The German was chastised after the game for his disappointing performance on Saturday.
Stoke Police even mocked the 28 year-old with a tweet claiming to be in search of the Arsenal midfielder.
apologies for the delay in replying. We’ve been busy looking for a missing person, surname Ozil. Have you seen him? #Banter
— Stoke Police (@policingstoke) August 20, 2017
The Gunners defence was a shambles at times, particularly in the first half with the backline at sixes and sevens.
Mark Hughes’ side exploited Nacho Monreal at the back and carved out several opportunities. A more ruthless team would have punished Wenger’s side further.
FINE MARGINS FOR LACAZETTE
The club record striker was denied a late equaliser after his striker was ruled out for offside. The replays showed the Frenchman to be hard done by – the decision was tight and could have gone either way.
Lacazette looked lively throughout the game. To the bemusement of Arsenal fans, the striker was subbed, but the wasteful Danny Welbeck was left on.
Not for the first time, The England man was profligate in front of goal. Welbeck had two or three good opportunities to put Arsenal on the scoresheet but couldn’t find the net.
Arsenal fans are still keen to see another wideman recruited this summer.
JESE AS THAT
Jese Rodriguez found the net on his debut for Mark Hughes’ side. The Spaniard failed to make an impact at Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain, but looks a real coup for Stoke.
Still only 24, Rodriguez has made a solid start to life in Staffordshire. He’s the latest addition to Stoke’s unfulfilled wonderkids, alongside Bojan Krkic, Ibrahim Affelay and Xhedran Shaquiri.
Gooners, we want to know who should Arsene Wenger operate at the back against Liverpool on Sunday? Let us know in the comments…