Stoke City 0 Arsenal 0

Mikel Arteta came away from the Britannia Stadium after Arsenal drew 0-0 against Stoke City, and his assertion of the Gunners start to the season was brutally honest. ” Not good enough ! ” was his verdict after Arsenal had controlled possession and created enough chances to win the game against Stoke. The similarities with last Saturday don’t end there either. Santi Cazorla was a revelation, Lukas Podolski needs time to adapt and Olivier Giroud could have won it at the end. Deja Vu? Yes, but for Arteta, if Arsenal are to harbour title aspirations, then three points are vital in every game. A clean sheet and thankfully Steve Bould seems to have got the defence sorted. Now time for the misfiring strikers to find the net. However lest we forget how long it took Thierry Henry to get going in England?

Not good enough says Arteta after 0-0 at Britannia Stadium


Arsene Wenger acknowledged that he will look to bring in reinforcements, with Newcastle’s Chiek Tiote being linked with a move to north London. Cazorla’s compatriot and fellow European Champion Jesus Navas has also emerged as an Arsenal target.

We missed a bit in the final third. We still have some work to do” – Wenger

Having secured what could prove a vital point in the Potteries, Wenger noted,

” I feel we played against two teams who are highly focused to defend. When you see other games you see they are open games. We played against two teams who were really focused on defending, defending, defending – and they did very well. I have seen other teams who go forward, they play and they open their game. After it is easy to score, but today it was a fight for 90 minutes. What is the most important thing is that you learn about your team and see they are capable of standing up. You could see we behaved like men who are ready for a fight. That is the most important thing at the moment.”

Understandably it will take time for this Arsenal side to gell accepts Wenger, and on the evidence thus far that much is agreed upon.

Wenger reflects on another clean sheet


” You have Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud – one month ago they didn’t know each other. So that will come. There is some work to do on the training ground but you can feel the potential. You can see as well that there is something missing – we are not spontaneous enough in some situations. I am very positive about my team. People will say ‘OK, you didn’t score for two games’ and I cannot deny that. We played against two teams who defend very well as a unit – Sunderland and Stoke. Overall I believe we can be a good surprise in this championship.

“We played a 0-0 against Sunderland and we came here today and we have taken a point. Some big teams will drop points here – it will be easy for no team to come here and just take a win.”