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Arsene Wenger: Arsenal "unlucky" to lose to Stoke City

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claims that his side 'should have comfortably beaten' Stoke City due to the number of chances created.

Arsene Wenger has lamented Arsenal's poor fortune after seeing his side fall to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke City on Saturday evening.

The Gunners yet again came unstuck at the bet365 Stadium through a strike from debutant Jese Rodriguez early in the second half, having dominated the opening 45 minutes.

Arsenal managed 18 shots in total, six of which were on target - not including Alexandre Lacazette's offside goal - but they were unable to legally find a way through at a ground where they notoriously struggle to perform.

"It's a difficult defeat to swallow. We had chances - we should have won the game comfortably," Wenger told BBC Sport. "We were unlucky. I think we scored a regular goal that was given offside and it wasn't offside. It was frustrating getting caught cold for the goal.

"Defensively there is no excuse. We gave them a cheap goal. It was difficult to get the fluency. We tried but we couldn't find the goal. There was lack of anticipation in the box with the second ball. To lose a game like that is disappointing. You don't want to lose games that you should win."

Stoke have lost just one of their last eight league meetings with Arsenal in the Potteries, with that solitary defeat coming last season.

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27233179205972
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd27175551193256
3Liverpool27159361313054
4Chelsea27165649232653
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs27157552242852
6Arsenal27136851361545
7Burnley279992124-336
8Leicester CityLeicester2798103940-135
9Everton2797113246-1434
10Bournemouth2787123141-1031
11Watford2786133747-1030
12West Ham UnitedWest Ham2779113446-1230
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2777132536-1128
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27610112236-1428
15Crystal Palace2769122542-1727
16Swansea CitySwansea2776142037-1727
17Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2776142347-2427
18Southampton27511112840-1226
19Stoke CityStoke2767142753-2625
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom27311132140-1920
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