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Jese Rodriguez scores winner on Stoke debut as Arsenal slump to defeat

20 August 2017

From an early goal for new-boy, Alexandre Lacazette, to some bad defending which saw the Foxes go 2-1 and then 3-2 up, to two late goals from substitutes, which handed them a 4-3 win - it's safe to say that the Wenger hokey-cokey was in full swing.

This evening (Saturday), they were a little unlucky to be beaten but Arsene Wenger has promised too much to be relying on good fortune to overcome his team's perennial jitters in the potteries.

Jese was allowed to gallop into the penalty area unchecked and Arsenal boss Wenger couldn't hide his disappointment. Defensively there is no excuse.

"We were really awake and defended really well and I loved the goal because it was not a clear situation". He was full of running throughout, showed the desire and fight to stick to Stoke's defensive gameplan, and when his chance came, he took it with aplomb.

A classic theme when it has come to Arsene Wenger's Arsenal over the years is that they like to play attractive, technically fantastic football, yet often do not have that killer instinct for when it matters and furthermore, aren't able to win ugly, on a consistent basis, when they need to. "I was not convinced by our central defence today".

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A solitary goal by Jese Rodriguez did the damage although Arsenal will feel hard done by after Alexandre Lacazette saw a goal ruled out for offside.

Regarding arrivals, Wenger said he could not get into "transfer mode" in the immediate aftermath of the loss at the bet365 Stadium.

"It's a hard defeat to swallow".

Liverpool squeezed past Crystal Palace 1-0, Arsenal lost at Stoke 1-0, and there were comfortable first wins of the season for Leicester and Watford.

"It was hard to get the fluency".

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The summer signing from Fluminense converted Andre Gray's cross for Watford's first goal, before Etienne Capoue sealed the Hornets' win with a late 25-yard strike.

Asked if he felt that effort should have stood, Wenger said: "One hundred percent".

Leicester 2 Brighton 0: After a hectic start to the season for Leicester that ended in disappointment, they looked solid from the get go in a comfortable home win over a lackluster Brighton team, still without a goal this season.

But Wenger was also critical of Arsenal's defending for Jese's goal, as the Gunners suffered a defeat that puts them under pressure going into next Sunday's match away to Liverpool.

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Jese Rodriguez scores winner on Stoke debut as Arsenal slump to defeat