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It’s 3-0 at half as Sunderland gaffe helps Arsenal to big lead

Feb 22, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

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Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the visitors locker room at the Emirates Stadium, where Sunderland is licking its massive wounds down 3-0 at the half.

Manager Gus Poyet will be furious as his squad has mounted very little challenge to the second-place Gunners, and Sunderland is poised to remain in the drop zone thanks to some nifty plays by Arsenal… and a massive gaffe from Santiago Vergini.

Vergini and his right side teammates were pressed by Arsenal, and he attempted a back pass to goalkeeper Vito Marrone. Problem: the path of Olivier Giroud was between the two, as the Frenchman darted to intercept the pass and easily slot home.

Giroud opened the scoring on a slick feed from Jack Wilshere, while Tomas Rosicky picked up the half’s third goal when he created his own 1-2 off a Sunderland player.

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