Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hails Gabriel Paulista and Laurent Koscielny’s partnership

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was delighted with their 2-0 home win over the Potters at the Emirates.

The north London side finally sealed a home win on Saturday with Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud on the scoresheet, and after the clash the French boss was satisfied with his side's all-round display.

"They scored so it is good for them but I believe we put in a very strong performance," Wenger told the media. "Technically we had our moments in the first half and we played the football we wanted to play and created several chances.

"Maybe if I wanted to be critical I could say that that there is too big a difference between the number of chances we created and the number of goals we scored but that will come quickly once you win your games at home."

The Arsenal manager was also pleased with the goals scored against Mark Hughes' team and said he was never worried about the lack of goals in previous home games.

"I was not worried about that as I knew that would not last forever with the number of chances we create," he explained.

"We are the team who has created the most chances since the start of the season and we had 30 shots on goal today and continuously we created chances today from the first to the last minute and the players had the quality to score so at some stage that would have come.

"I also believe we have stabilised out defensive record, we have not conceded after a difficult start we did not concede against Liverpool and at Newcastle and today so that is good for our future."

On whether Chelsea can catch Man City, Wenger said: "I don’t know, I will leave these conclusions to you.

"It is a long season, only five games played. We will see in the future."

Regarding Gabriel Paulista and Laurent Koscielny’s partnership, he replied: "They looked very strong as Stoke had quite an offensive force out there and I felt Koscielny was outstanding and Gabriel had a very good game.

"Coquelin as well was outstanding so we had a good triangle in the centre of the park. It was very strong."

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