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Wenger bemoans ‘sloppy’ Arsenal in first-half against Stoke

Arsenal eased to a comfortable 3-0 victory over a struggling Stoke City side at the Emirates yesterday.

However, it was far from a perfect showing from the Gunners and they were booed off at half-time after a lacklustre first 45 minutes.

In the end, a late double from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a Alexandre Lacazette penalty saw the home side run out winners.

However, the clubs manager Arsene Wenger admitted afterwards that his sides first-half display was nowhere near good enough, but he also hailed the spirit his side showed to turn things around in the second period.

“It was a game of two halves for us,” said the Frenchman.

“We were too sloppy and not sharp enough in the first half. We weren’t switched on mentally.

“The second half was better as we were much more dynamic and showed more pace. We showed more control and made a difference.

“I believe that the most important thing was our spirit and we won the game in the second half.

“I know how our team can respond. Our players have been away for a long time and it is always a problem to try and switch straight back on.”

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