Stoke 3-2 Arsenal: How many red cards have the Gunners picked up under Wenger?
There was to be yet more disappointment for Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium, as Stoke hit three first half goals to win 3-2 and continue their excellent home record against Arsene Wenger's side.
Peter Crouch's goal after 19 seconds gave Stoke an early lead (the earliest in the Premier League this season) before Bojan Krkic and Jonathan Walters made it 3-0 at the break. Arsenal mounted a second half comeback through a Santi Cazorla penalty and Aaron Ramsey's 70th minute strike, and looked to have the momentum heading into a nervy final 20 minutes for the hosts.
But Calum Chambers' sending off for a second yellow card after 78 minutes made it difficult for Arsenal, and they failed to avoid defeat, extending Mark Hughes' unbeaten home record against the Gunners to seven straight games (W5 D2).
- Peter Crouch’s opener was the fastest goal of the 2014/15 Premier League season (19 seconds).
- Crouch’s goal was the earliest Arsenal have ever shipped in the Premier League.
- It was also only the fifth first minute goal the Gunners have conceded in Premier League history.
- The last time Premier League goal came quicker was in Dec 2013, courtesy of Jay Rodriguez for Southampton against Chelsea (13 seconds).
- Jonathan Walters has either scored or assisted six goals in his last seven Premier League games for the Potters (four goals, two assists).
- Arsenal found themselves three or more goals down at half-time for the first time since March 2014 away to Chelsea, when they went on to lose 6-0.
- This is only third time Stoke have scored three first half goals in a Premier League game (along with v Fulham in Jan 2010 and v Aston Villa in March 2014).
- Santi Cazorla finally scored his first premier League goal of the season (courtesy of a second-half penalty) with his 39th shots (incl. blocked) of the season.
- Aaron Ramsey’s goal was his first in 16 games for Arsenal in all comps, since he scored against Everton on August 23.
- Alexis Sanchez has either scored or assisted nine of Arsenal’s last 13 Premier League goals (scoring seven, assisting two).
- Since Arsene Wenger took over at Arsenal, the Gunners have picked up 68 red cards in the Premier League, four more than any other side.
- Mark Hughes is unbeaten in his last seven Premier League home games as a manager versus Arsenal (W5 D2).
- This loss was Arsenal’s 200th under the management of Arsene Wenger in all competitions.