Stoke scored three first-half goals to yet again stun Arsenal who staged a brilliant yet unsuccessful fightback at the Britannia Stadium.
Peter Crouch slotted in after only 19 seconds, before Bojan sidefooted in the second and Jon Walters crashed in to make it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time.
Santi Cazorla scored from the spot and Aaron Ramsey volleyed in from a corner soon after to give the Gunners hope.
However, Calum Chambers was shown a second yellow late on as Stoke held on.
Mark Hughes’ side deserved the victory for their early bravado, while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will surely regard the opening 45 minutes as the worst he has seen from his team this season. And as good a comeback as it was, the statistics now read that it is now only one win in nine visits to the Britannia Stadium.
Arsenal’s first-half defensive display was as calamitous as the one on show in last season’s 5-1 defeat against Liverpool.
Arsenal continued pressing to find that all-important equaliser, but their hopes of salvaging a point were rocked when Chambers was shown a second yellow for pulling back Bojan.
Five minutes of injury time were played but Hughes’ side survived for yet another memorable win over the Premier League giants.
Stoke (Crouch 1′, Krkic 35′, Walters 45′)
Arsenal (Cazorla 68′, Ramsey 70′)