No side would be arrogant enough to demand three points at such a tough place considering the competitive nature of the Premier League these days. But, if you're going for the Premier League title, these are the kind of hurdles that have to be overcome.
While Petr Cech impressed, making sure his side kept a clean sheet, the Gunners disappointed and frustrated supporters going forward.
Theo Walcott, in particular, was criticised - but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain even more so.
Indeed, Arsenal fans are wondering exactly where the 22-year-old's career is going. After showing so much initial promise, there hasn't been any improvement or development in his game. If anything, the Ox has got worse - and his tendency to give the ball away didn't miss the attentions of supporters on Sunday.
Next up for the north London side is a home clash against Chelsea - where Oxlade-Chamberlain's best moment of the season came. That, in fact, was pre-season, as Arsenal beat the Blues in the Community Shield.
He didn't deliver against Stoke, though, and here's what fans made of his display on Twitter after the game:
Arsene, don't ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever put Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield again! #afc— Damian Betham (@DamianBetham) January 17, 2016
Oxlade-Chamberlain may as well be wearing a Stoke shirt. Ridiculous how many times a pro player can give the ball away . #afc— Dave Guthrie (@DaveGuthrie1) January 17, 2016
Seriously awful, Oxlade-Chamberlain as ineffective as ever, Walcott and Ramsey completely irrelevant. Won't win leagues like this #afc— Terry Anderson (@terryaanderson) January 17, 2016
Is it me or is oxlade-chamberlain making poor decisions lately,passing,knowing when to pass,runs he's making aren't coming to anything.#Afc— Robert Gray (@goonerboy77) January 17, 2016
Again Ox proved how ineffective he can be, he has been and lately he has company in walcott #afc— gooner-wiz (@martinezwoowwoo) January 17, 2016
Wilshere needs to hurry up and come back I don't ever want to see Ox pretending he's playing Midfield again #Afc— thuggy the Arsenal (@KYEkye45) January 17, 2016