Andrey Arshavin was well in form for the Gunners in the home clash against the Stoke City, as the forward scored one goal and set up Aaron Ramsey, the midfielder, for the second. Well, the scoreline may become greater if it was not for an earlier Francesc Fabregas penalty-miss.
Arsene Wenger, the manager of Arsenal, did not delay in praising the opposition goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen. He highlighted the Potters glovesman’s ability to frustrate his attack. He also conceded that his denial of Fabregas’ attempted spot-kick conversion in fact affected the mentality of his skipper.
Wenger said, “Sorensen had a great game but on at least one occasion we saved them.”
He also added, “I believe the penalty played a part on [Fabregas’] mind today… When you are captain and you miss a penalty and you get away with it that means your team wins and it helps.”
The Gunners now face the Olympiakos in the Champions League match on Wednesday but they have to do so without a host of players because Tomas Rosicky, Emmanuel Eboue, and Armand Traore all incurred problems during the Stoke win.