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Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal: Ramsey double puts Gunners top (video)

Sep 14, 2013, 11:54 AM EST

SUNDERLAND — Arsenal eventually eased to a 3-1 victory over Sunderland after dominating for large spells of the game at the Stadium of Light.

The Gunners took an early lead through Olivier Giroud but squandered several other chances to extend their advantage. They were made to pay for that as Sunderland equalized just after half time when Craig Gardner scored a penalty. But soon after Ramsey scored twice in quick succession to seal Arsenal’s win.

A lively home crowd made the game a spirited affair as Arsenal began to get their passing game going, with the Black Cats looking to hit Jozy Altidore and Steven Fletcher early.

However it was the away team who took the lead in the 10th minute as Mesut Ozil showed everyone why Arsenal spent $60million to sign him from Real Madrid. The German international beautifully teed up Giroud to sweep home from close range and put Arsenal 1-0 up.

Sunderland almost equalized straight away but Modibo Diakite’s 12th minute header cannoned off the bar.

Arsenal came close to adding a second goal twice, as Theo Walcott got in behind Jack Colback but fired his effort straight at Kieren Westwood on both occasions.

And Walcott could have had at least a hat trick as just before the half Wilshere chipped in a perfect cross to the back post but the England winger headed wide. Then shortly after Walcott was thwarted again by Westwood as the ball broke to him in the box.

Sunderland tried to rally as half time approached but the Gunners looked comfortable going in 1-0 up at half time.

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Di Canio is sent away from the dugouts following a spat with the referee.

After the break the home side looked much better and Adam Johnson picked up a loose ball in the box and was taken down by Laurent Koscielny as Sunderland won a penalty. Gardner smashed the spot kick home to make it 1-1 after coming on barely minutes before at half time for James Vaughan.

Sunderland were buoyed by the goal and really took the game to Arsenal with Steven Fletcher scoring, but was ruled offside in the 58th minute and then Gardner’s curling free kick somehow missed everyone before bouncing off the inside of the post and away to safety.

But then Arsenal came roaring back into the game in swashbuckling fashion in the 67th minute when Carl Jenkinson broke down the right and pulled back a ball to Aaron Ramsey, who hit home a spectacular volley on the turn.

Shortly after it looked as if U.S. international Altidore had grabbed another equalizer for Sunderland as he broke free of Bacary Sagna’s challenge before slotting home and the USMNT forward ran off celebrating. However referee Atkinson had pulled the play back for a foul by Sagna on Altidore, even though the Sunderland man clearly had an advantage. The Stadium of Light was incensed with the decision.

Then in the 75th minute Arsenal sealed the win as a lovely flowing move saw Ramsey play a one-two with Giroud and Ozil before slotting the ball home to make it 3-1. The final few minutes  played out with the home side trying to get back into the game but Arsenal managed to hold on to a hard-fought 3-1 win away from home. Their seventh league away win in a row.

Victory sees the Gunners top the league momentarily while Sunderland are still searching for their first win this season, and sit bottom.

LINEUPS

Sunderland: Westwood, Celustka, Colback, Roberge, Diakite, Vaughan (Gardner 46), Mavrias (Borini 71), Ki, Johnson (c), Fletcher (Wickham 77), Altidore. Subs not used: Mannone, Brown, Larsson, Cuellar.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Sagna, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil (Vermaelen 80), Walcott (Monreal 89), Giroud (Akpom 90). Subs not used: Fabianski, Frimpong, Ryo, Gnabry,

  1. bayoor75 - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    No, it wasn’t convincing. This is what I feared while watching the game. People and “analysts” will be fooled by the scoreline. The truth is that the game could have gone either way. And the game illustrated all my criticism of Arsenal during the transfer window.
    Yes, Ozil is a good buy and he had a tremendous game today. The problem is (and Arsenal showed it today) we did not address the problem area. I am NOT against the deal for Ozil, I just think the money could have been better spent.
    Sunderland ran rough shod over Arsenal defense and should have tied the game at 2 – 2. Arsenal’s defense continues to leak. Arsenal and Wenger need to understand is it will always be difficult to win if your defense keeps leaking goals. A center back and a quality defensive midfielder were more of a priority than Ozil. While Flamini did well playing that role today, he has no business starting for a club like Arsenal. The fact that he is starting highlights our dearth of options in that area. If a club like Sunderland can manhandle Arsenal’s defense the way it did today, imagine what good clubs will do to it.
    As usual, Gibbs was the only productive player on the left. A natural left winger/left sided midfielder would also have been nice. Some people who don’t know anything about soccer will reply and say Wilshire and Carzorla. No, they are not and that is not their natural position no matter how hard Wenger tries to plug them there. Ozil’s assist came down the left, but the productivity on that side was few and far between.
    Wilshire is a central midfielder, not a defensive or attacking midfielder. How many times today did he have the opportunity to shoot from the edge of the 18 yard box and he gave up the opportunity? And that the difference between an attacking and a central midfielder (and between Ramsey and Wilshire). Wenger has also tried to play him as a defensive midfielder with little success. He was brilliant today because Flamini allowed him to play his natural central midfield position. But he has to work on his game supporting the attack.
    Once again, Ozil was a great buy, but we have other more pressing needs.

  2. wynswrld - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    And once again, grammar and punctuation takes a holiday…

    • NtrlDipMOtl - Sep 15, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      Uh oh…^another victim of the bad economy.do not worry,I hear Florida has a shortage of elementary teachers.good point,bayoor

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