By Walter Broeckx
Sorry but things beyond my control prevented me from getting home on time to see the start. In fact I missed the whole first 20minutes. So forgive me for letting them out of this report as I really haven’t got any idea how they went.
From when I could I see it Arsenal in control for a long time with Sunderland defending in numbers and deep. Arsenal trying to find a way through the Sunderland defence but too many passes went wrong. A few misunderstandings between some players. Maybe down to the new positions on the field?
Sunderland trying to work with long balls most of the time. Or trying to win fouls that the ref loved to give. Arsenal could have a penalty when Kaboul wrestled Giroud to the ground in the penalty area but the ref does what they usually do when Arsenal players are fouled in the penalty area…Nothing.
Finally a fine combination from Özil who found Campbell at the left flank who slotted it home past the Sunderland keeper. 1-0 to the Arsenal after 32 minutes.
Arsenal could have a penalty when Kaboul wrestled Giroud to the ground in the penalty area but the ref does what they usually do when Arsenal players are fouled in the penalty area…Nothing.
Sunderland then get a free kick when Koscielny steps on the foot of Watermore. M’Vila with the free kick and Giroud puts the ball behind his own goalkeeper. Another own goal from Arsenal… how is this possible??? 1-1 after 44 minutes.
Arsenal try to do somethin back before half time when Monreal cuts the ball back to Ramsey but his shot hits the sidenet. 1-0 at half time.
Arsenal try to go forward again but not really any open chances at first. Bellerin pulling a Sunderland player and saving his moment with heading the ball away… that could have been a foul and even a red card if he hadn’t played the ball…
Ramsey the almost in front of goal but the offside flag went up correct. Arsenal not just getting the shot in as too many bodies in the way, Sunderland counter and Cech has to make a low save. Corner to Sunderland and the ball gets a nod on to the second post where Fletcher slides in but Cech saves his effort on the line. Fletcher slides in to the goalpost and seems badly hurt at first but can continue.
Still 1-1 after 60 minutes. Özil with a low shot-cross that goes wide and Giroud can’t reach it anymore. An attack over a few stations on the left leaving the ball in the feet of Ramsey, a cut back inside a low cross and this time Giroud puts it in the correct goal. 2-1 to the Arsenal after 63 minutes.
Wacott comes on for Oxlade-Chamberlain right after that goal. Walcott immediately involved but can’t get his foot around the ball, the attack continues and Bellerin his shot is blocked for a corner. Header from Giroud but saved on the line. Ramsey with the follow up and a nice dribble on the sideline past two opponents but Sunderland can prevent the shot from Giroud.
Özil with a magnificent chip over the Sunderland defence but Ramsey had to do a half volley on the turn and that was too difficult to do and Pantimillon could gather the attempt. Arsenal try some 1-2 combination but it just won’t come off for Arsenal. Watmore suddenly away,not offside according to the linesman, but his shot is too soft to really bring Cech in danger. Campbell goes off and Gibbs comes on after 75 minutes.
A cross from Bellerin drops on to the crossbar and goes over for Sunderland. Flamini with a wrong pass in midfield but he is on hand to collect the following cross from Sunderland. A pass to Özil who does some amazing trickery and is brought down at the expense of a yellow card.
With 10 minutes to go Chambers comes on in the place of Giroud. Theo as the central striker now. Chambers when Arsenal have the ball more on the right wing. Ref still likes to give fouls in favour to Sunderland more than he does to Arsenal. Özil dancing around some opponents… amazing skills and yet again the ref refuses to give a foul when he is bundled over.
Sunderland suddenly with a chance but the shot goes over. 5 minutes of extra time are indicated as Özil runs on the left flank and cuts back to Ramsey but his shot is saved by the keeper as it was straight at him. Monreal with a risky chest control but Cech can gather it. Arsenal try to score a third goal and Ramsey at the start of the attack, giving it to Theo who gives it to Chambers who has a shot that is blocked and the ball ends up in the feet of Ramsey who puts it over the line. A well deserved third goal for Arsenal that makes even Wenger jump up in the air. 3-1 to The Arsenal after 93 minutes.
Arsenal win again as it is December and as Man City lost their match and Man Utd couldn’t win Arsenal go to the second place in the league 2 points behind Leicester who won their match at Swansea.