After a promising start from Sunderland, Joe Allen headed home an early opener for the Potters, just 7 minutes into the game.
The goal came from a defensive error after Sunderland failed to clear the danger following an excellent sliding tackle from Djilobodji to deny Wilfried Bony. The lapse of concentration allowed Arnautovic to provide Allen with a free header on goal.
The former Liverpool player netted his second on the cusp of half-time to send Stoke into the break with a 2-0 lead. The goal came as a result of a corner with the Welshman driving a low shot through a crowded penalty area.
Sunderland battled to remain in the game, holding their hosts to a goalless second half. The Black Cats’ best chance of the game came from a Jermain Defoe strike, which hit the post
The final score of 2-0 saw Stoke secure their first league win of the season, while the Black Cats remain in search of theirs, with a trip to West Ham United up next.
Moyes spoke honestly post-match about his sides’ performance.
“I’m disappointed that we’ve left with nothing from the game. I didn’t think we played as badly as the half-time score suggested.
“There were some spells of good play and I told the players that at half time, but we made mistakes for their first goal and our defending was poor.
“After that we hung in and we kept at it, but again further mistakes led to their second,”
“Jordan [Pickford] made a great save from the corner and then they had a shot from the edge of the box and scored – we should have done better.
“I’d hoped to go in at half time at 1-0 and then come back out and build on the positive spells we had been having.
“We did better in the second half – we didn’t concede any goals and Jermain [Defoe] almost scored when he hit the post – there was some good stuff, but we just didn’t take our opportunities.”
Moyes also praised the travelling fans for their undying support throughout the game.
“The fans were brilliant today; you could hear them throughout the game.
“As long as they’re a part of this club it’ll always be great.”