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Arsenal 3-1 Stoke: Gunners win, Ramsey scores in Ozil's home debut

Arsenal's midfield and defense supplied the team's attack, and Ozil sparkled, supplying three goals.

Ian Walton

Mesut Ozil may only (only!) have had two assists in his home debut, but he supplied all three goals as Arsenal defeated a less-kicky-but-still-annoying Stoke City. In an odd reversal of roles, all three Arsenal goals came on set pieces, while Stoke held possession and scored on a 20-yard strike by a defender. Who knew? Aaron Ramsey scored early, as an Ozil free kick was parried away by Asmir Begovic directly into his path. After a Geoff Cameron (yeah) equalizer, headers from Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna put Arsenal ahead and put the game to bed, respectively.

It was a bit of an odd game, in that Arsenal didn't really play all that well while the ball was actually in play. The passing was not as sharp as you might expect from an Arsenal team (particularly one with Mesut Ozil in it) but it was good enough, for the most part.

Not sharp, but good enough - this isn't really a characteristic that recent past Arsenal teams have shown, but it's a good look, and for the moment at least, it's put Arsenal top of the league.