So what did we learn as Arsenal picked up their first home win of the new season?
Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud both scored, but they both missed good chances too.
They’ll have tougher tests to come though, that’s for sure.
But you can only beat what’s in front of you – and in front of Arsenal today were a poor Stoke City side that lacked so much of the fight and spirit to have characterised the side in seasons past.
They now have a gaggle of star players, but when their chips were down, the likes of Shaqiri again failed to deliver.
All over and Stoke are well beaten. Arsenal could arguably have had more but for Jack Butland.