Arsenal netted four goals on Saturday in their English Premier League clash against Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium, one in their own goal and three in their opponents’ net. Joel Cambell opened the scoring for the Gunners in the 32nd minute but his effort was cancelled out just before the break by an Olivier Giroud own goal. The Frenchman made up for his error in the 62nd minute when he headed the home team ahead, while Aaron Ramsey continued his scoring run against Sunderland when he sealed the points for the hosts with his 93rd minute strike, ending the Black Cats’ hopes of a point and earning the hosts a 3-1 win.
It was a typical home versus away match, with Arsene Wenger’s side controlling possession while Sunderland threatened on the counter attack. Black Cats youngster, Duncan Watmore was full of running on the day and proved to be a thorn in the side of Arsenal’s defence, playing through Fabio Borini on goal in the third minute only to see the Italian direct his effort straight at Petr Cech. At the other end, the visitors would have been wary of Giroud and Ramsey who have each scored three times against the Wearsiders, possibly looking to add to their tally, and must have been relieved when Ramsey’s effort hit the side-netting in the final minute of the first half.
Frenchman Giroud did manage to get on the score sheet in the first stanza but hit the back of the net in the wrong half after Cambell had put Wenger’s boys ahead following a Mesut Oezil assist. Although the first half ended honours-even, it was a much better second period for the home team. After a positive start by Sunderland, the London club took control of the match, spreading the ball confidently across the pitch, switching play and attacking at pace, leaving the Wearsiders’ defence at sixes and sevens.
Following a 56th minute Sunderland onslaught in the Arsenal penalty area, Wenger’s men responded with multiple attacks of their own, resulting in their second goal of the match. Ramsey turned provider in the 62nd minute, while Giroud finished well with a headed effort. Sam Allardyce introduced Jeremain Lens in the 73rd minute, replacing a tired-looking Steven Fletcher and adding energy upfront in aid of Duncan Watmore who was still menacing the hosts’ defence with his direct running.
It was a tense finish to the match, more specifically because of how the first half ended and Wenger’s joy was obvious when Ramsey finally scored the third of the day, scrambling Calum Chambers’ deflected shot over the line to seal the three points for the Gunners.
Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Ramsey; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Oezil, Campbell; Giroud. Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Gibbs, Debuchy, Gabriel, Walcott, Iwobi .
Sunderland: Pantilimon; Yedlin, Kaboul, O’Shea, Coates, Van Aanholt; Toivonen, M’Vila, Watmore; Borini, Fletcher. Subs: Mannone, Rodwell, Gomez, Jones, Lens, Graham, Johnson.
Venue: Emirates Stadium