The Gunners registered 29 shots against the Potters, which, according to the Premier League’s official Twitter handle, is the most managed by any club so far this season.
— Premier League (@premierleague) September 12, 2015
The victory was the north Londoners’ most convincing performance of the season so far. While they have already beaten Crystal Palace this season, their showing against Stoke was much more coherent.
Admittedly, Mark Hughes’s side were not at their best, but Arsenal demonstrated the kind of attacking menace that may yet make them title contenders this season.
Mesut Ozil showed his clash with a series of sublime passes, while Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey were also key creative threats.
Most encouragingly, perhaps, for Arsene Wenger, were the identities of his side’s two goalscorers.
Few doubt that Arsenal can create chances, but there have been some doubts that the likes of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott can lead the line for title contenders.
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Indeed, there were considerable calls for Wenger to invest in a new forward, with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Karim Benzema and Edinson Cavani all linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
However, both Giroud and Walcott found the net against Stoke, and demonstrated that, on their day, they can be devastating if given the right service.