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Arsenal – Sunderland : 2-0

By Walter Broeckx

Arsenal team: Cech, Holding, Mustafi, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Gibbs, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud
On the beach: Ospina, Gabriel, Coquelin, Elneny, Iwobi, Walcott, Welbeck

Sunderland trying to press high but the first shot was from Alexis but well over the goal.  Alexis has a shot from distance that is diverted by the arm of Giroud and the ref cancels the goal. His arm was raised so I can sure live with the decision. At the other end Cech has to catch a low cross and Arsenal immediately attack at the other end and Ramsey finds Giroud but a wonderful stop from the keeper prevents the opening goal. Bellerin can only win a corner from the rebound. Bellerin then cuts inside but his shot goes over.  Alexis sends Ramsey away but the keeper is first on the ball and Sunderland can clear the ball. Holding on a long run a 1-2 with Giroud but the shot from Holding is blocked. 0-0 after 15 minutes.

A low shot from Xhaka ends a long attack but straight at the keeper. Alexis has his shot blocked and the rebound is shot wide by Xhaka. A hand from a Sunderland player stopping the shot from Alexis. Giroud tries to flick the ball to Ramsey who is blocked and then Giroud is held completely by his defender but the ref gives no penalty. Alexis on the turn but he misses his shot. Bellerin then gets a yellow card for handball. Looked as if his arm was in front of his body. So far the ref reluctant to give fouls in favour of Arsenal. Arsenal then trying to play a bit too fancy at the back and giving the ball away and giving Sunderland a spell in front of the Arsenal goal. Still 0-0 after 30 minutes.

The passing a bit sloppy from Arsenal in this part of the game. Holding with a header after a corner but no other Arsenal player can put a foot to the ball and the keeper can pick it up. Özil with a pass to Alexis but his first touch lets him down. Sunderland counter and Cech has to make a low save to the near post. Cech again has to make a low save when Sunderland counter. At the other end Giroud just can’t beat the last man as he cuts for his left foot.  Mustafi heads towards goal and the ball comes off a defender but the ref gives a goal kick. The ref continues to blow every contact from an Arsenal player while at the other end Sunderland players can hold their opponent and no fouls are given. Bellerin is send away by Özil but he only finds the outside of the post. In the last 15 minutes the passing is letting us down a bit. Need a bit more precision. A nice passing move with precision finds Özil who gives it to Ramsey but the keeper with a great save. Holding with a free header after the corner but straight at the keeper. 0-0 after 45 minutes and we should have been well in front by now.

Monreal with a bad back pass that results in a corner for Sunderland. Cech had gone a bit outside the goal and the ref decides to give an indirect free kick. Cech touched the ball with his hand even though it went out for a corner. Should have let it run. A free kick at the edge of the goal area for Sunderland. A lob but Xhaka heads it over for a corner. That took some 3 minutes of the clock. Arsenal under some pressure as a result but they finally can clear the danger. Özil almost finds Ramsey but the ball just escaped him. Larson throws himself to the ground and gets Özil booked. The free kick is whipped in front of the goal but the diving header is missed by a Sunderland player. Arsenal counter but it is stopped at the expense of a foul and yellow card. Ramsey with a shot but too close to the keeper who saves. After an Arsenal corner a shot from Mustafi is cleared off the line by a defender. 0-0 after 60 minutes.

A Sunderland defender elbows a free kick in to a corner. The ref doing nothing when Sunderland player refuses to take the required distance when Arsenal want to take a free kick. Özil on the end of a long ball from Xhaka but his control let him down when he would have been one on one with the keeper. A cross finds Giroud but his header went just wide.  Ramsey then going down with what looks like an ankle injury. Welbeck comes on for him after 67 minutes.  Gibbs also goes off and Iwobi comes on. Welbeck with a low shot but again the keeper with a great save. Arsenal with a corner that is half cleared and comes to Xhaka. A lovely ball to Özil who pushes the ball towards Alexis who can push it over the line. GOAL!!!! 1-0 to The Arsenal after 72 minutes.

Catermole goes in the book for stopping a promising attack. A shot from Iwobi is deflected to Alexis who handled the ball and then hit the crossbar. Handball given.  Arsenal 1-0 in front after 75 minutes.

Monreal to Alexis who forces a save the keeper and who is then given offside…that looked level to me. The Sunderland keeper twice with a great stop on shots from Xhaka and Iwobi. Alexis goes down in the penalty area but guess what nothing given. Arsenal really going forward to score more goals. A cross from Bellerin finds Giroud who forces another great save from the keeper but the ball comes to Alexis who heads it over the line. GOAL!!!! 2-0 to The Arsenal after 81 minutes.

Özil to Welbeck but the keeper rushed off his line and could stop effort. Alexis and Özil combine in the Sunderland penalty area but neither can come with the finish. After 84 minutes Giroud came off and Walcott came on. Another corner for Arsenal that is headed against the crossbar by Mustafi after the keeper had fingertips to the ball.  At the other end Januzaj with a run but his shot was deflected for a corner. Monreal with a shot from distance but two meters wide. Larson with a studs up tackle, red card for Xhaka anyone but not even called a foul. Walcott being held back by a defender having a shot on the turn but the defender can block the shot. Iwobi tackles the ball, Januzaj goes down and the ref gives a foul…. this is getting laughable. The ref really doing all he can to help Sunderland. Mustafi also going in the book….

Arsenal won with 2-0 but with some better finishing and if it wasn’t for some great goalkeeping by the Sunderland keeper we should have won by a far bigger margin.

12 comments to Arsenal – Sunderland : 2-0

  • WalterBroeckx

    I think Pickford played the match of his life tonight.

  • Gord

    Thanks Walter.

    Oh, I was up to no good. Arsenal13 doing a fine job of being a fan again.

    http://untold-arsenal.com/archives/61696#comment-917575

  • omgarsenal

    Walter….can you see into the future or are you just brilliant at writing a match report quickly!!! This most be some record for publishing a match review….keep up the great work. Notice how few aaa trolls show up now AFC are winning! They will slither onto UA once the season is over to complain about how it was a disaster and Wenger should be crucified! What pitiful,hapless losers they are.

  • bjtgooner

    Thanks Walter.

    A slightly strange game, we should have had the game over before half time, but we seemed to have lost the cutting edge in front of goal. Sunderland contributed little, despite being assisted by appalling refereeing.

    In the end we were deserved winners, but we looked leggy and/or distracted throughout the match.

  • Menace

    Thanks Walter. The game was managed by the PGMOL select cheat. He was very good at evading the truth & selecting any fall by a Sunderland player to call a foul. He was so damned blatant the he actually asked Pickford on one occasion to kick the ball quickly so that Sunderland would get the benefit of Arsenals defence out of position. How he didn’t give them a penalty baffles me because it didn’t take much for him to call foul everywhere else. Most Arsenal supporters saw the cheating but seem to have grown to accept it as the norm because the media & pundits do not highlight this cheating. It is corrupt & without any shame. Morally corrupt these FA & PGMOL bastards. They absolutely rape the game of honesty & do not appear to have a conscience.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    WOO HOO , HOO ! Again , another great result . Didn’t get to see the game or the highlights, but from Walter’s observations and the regulars’ comments seems like the PIGMOB are being true to form .
    Two more games and two more victories would rub it in in quite a few peoples faces !

    Up the Gunners !

  • Nitram

    What other team on earth could win the FA Cup, Win the FA Cup, Finnish runners up in the league, reach another FA Cup final, with the obvious potential of winning the thing yet again, finish the season as we have, yet have fans boycotting the game?

    Yet Liverpool, who haven’t won the league for getting on for 20 years, or any trophy for that matter for years, are in clover simply for finishing in the top 4.

    Spurs are even worse, yet we’re all supposed to be falling over ourselves in admiration because they finished 2nd.

    And there I was thinking top 4, or finishing runners up, was a failure.

    I suppose it depends who your doesn’t it ?

    Pathetic doesn’t even begin to describe these people.

  • MickHazel

    Yet again we were denied obvious penalty claims by seemingly blind referees and linos.
    At almost every corner it was extraordinary how the match officials were eagle eyed enough to spot the slightest foul contact by an Arsenal player and award a free kick to the opposition yet were apparently completely blind to the much more blatant manhandling of Arsenal players, especially poor old Giroud, by opposing defenders.

  • Gord

    Nicholas Sand, creator of the orange sunshine version of LSD died a few days ago. Maybe that is how 😈 Mike Riley gets such strange perception out of his staff. Maybe they are trained using LSD?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/us/nicholas-sand-chemist-who-sought-to-bring-lsd-to-the-world-dies-at-75.html

    Mind you, LSD isn’t the only psychedelic drug out there. But that is what that particular class of drugs is all about, altering perception of reality.

  • Polo

    Congratulations to the team for another win, two more matches to go so keep it up.

    I wonder if there be empty seats if the match was against one of the top 6 teams? I highly doubt it, but it seem the media’s fairy tales are saying that the empty seats is an indictment of AW. It’s no wonder the mainstream media are not doing financially well.

  • para

    72 and 80 mins, we left it late, but a win is good!

    So many shots we had today, what a big difference in play, and their GK stopped many.

    Imagine a play off for 4th place. My my!

  • GoingGoingGooner

    I loved the runs that Ramsey made into the box. When he is on form he really brings that extra dimension that others do not.