FT: Sunderland 1 Arsenal 3

Full time. Sunderland did well to get back into the match and pushed Arsenal a long way. But the Gunners' quality showed as Ramsey netted twice to give the visitors a comfortable away win. Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal

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Dangerous moment as Altidore beats Szczesny to the ball, but the linesman raises his flag for offside.

90+3
Akpom makes his debut. On for the injured Giroud. Gardner takes the free kick, but it does not trouble Arsenal.

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Sunderland with a free kick, but there's a hold up as the referee has a heated discussion with the Di Canio, who is sent off.

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Real problem for Arsenal as Giroud is still down on the ground. The fourth official indicates 4 minutes added on.

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Arsenal now looking to see out the match. Ramsey makes a good run and finds Giroud in the box, but he blasts his shot wide of goal.

89
Sunderland still pushing for a way back into the game, Wickham takes a shot at goal, but it's straight at the Arsenal stopper.

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Arsenal substitution: Nacho Monreal makes his return from injury as he comes on for Walcott.

87
Good run by Jenkinson, but his cross to Giroud at the far post is gathered by Westwood.

86
Arsenal just passing the ball around at the back. But Sunderland get the ball back and Borini is allowed a shot at goal.

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Ki gives away a free kick.

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Wilshere gives away a free kick as he clatters into Wickham in the centre circle.

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Wickham gets on the end of a fantastic Altidore cross, but heads wide of the upright.

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Altidore gets on the end of Gardner's corner, but it's blazed over the cross bar.

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Walcott tries to play the ball across the box, but it's cut out and Borini wins a corner at the other end after his shot is blocked.

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Seems like Arsene Wenger is just shoring up the defence to keep Sunderland out of the game.

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Arsenal substitution: Thomas Vermaelen makes his return as he comes on to replace Ozil.

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Borinin takes a corner, but it is well cleared by the Arsenal defence.

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Giroud strikes, but straight into the wall.

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Arsenal have a goalkeeper in a threatening position just outside the area.

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Fletcher seems to have picked up a knock and is replaced by Connor Wickham.

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GOAL! And they have it. Giroud slips Ramsey through on goal as the Welshman slides the ball home underneath the goalkeeper.

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Gunners now stringing some passes together looking to put the game to bed.

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Sunderland will feel really robbed by the referee. Why he didn't allow advantage for the Altidore goal, no one will know.

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Gardner comes close to his second of the game, but slides it just wide of the far post.

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The referee is a real unpopular figure right now as Gardner's free kick is well over the bar. Goal line technology shows Altidore clearly had a goal.

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Sagna booked for that foul on Altidore.

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Fabio Borinin makes his Sunderland debut. He replaces Mavrias.

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Altidore has the ball in the back of the net, but the referee pulls it back for a free kick on the edge of the area for some reason.

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A good attack by Sunderland is just cut out by Sagna, who is doing well in the centre back role today.

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Sunderland have it all to do now as they look for yet another way back into the match.

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Goal! Arsenal are back in front. Ramsey with a fantastic volley after he is picked out by Jenkinson on the edge of the area.

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The Gunners now piling on the pressure, and Walcott plays a dangerous ball across the box. Unfortunately no one is able to get on the end of it.

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Arsenal now have a chance to attack, but they are forced all the way back to the half way line after some solid defending from Sunderland.

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Johnson cuts in from the right and takes a shot, but it is a long way wide of goal.

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His delivery is poor though and it is cleared to Gardner. The cross back into the box is well over everyone, though. Chance for Arsenal to take a breather.

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Sunderland really pushing for their second now as they win a corner from Johnson's shot at goal. Ki to take.

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Gardner takes the free kick, and it is very close to a goal as the ball strikes the post. Ki looked like he got his head to it, though, and was called offside anyway.

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Free kick to Sunderland as Flamini is booked for his late challenge on Altidore.

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Ah so close. Fletcher has the ball in the back of the net after good play from Johnson, but replays show the striker is at least a yard offside.

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Good passing move from Arsenal as Walcott is eventually put through on goal, unfortunately he starts his run to early and is called offside.

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Arsenal just looking to slow the game down by keeping possession at the back.

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Both sides seeing a lot of the ball now.

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Arsenal now attacking at the other end, but the chance is snuffed out after a poor pass on the edge of the area.

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Good attack from Sunderland, but it ultimately comes to nothing as Szczesny gathers the ball.

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Arsenal building from the back. They'll be really desperate to take the lead after their wastefulness in the first half.

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Gardner receives a caution after barging Ozil off the ball.

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Good cross into the box and Giroud gets his head to it, but it's well cleared of danger.

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Arsenal win a corner at the other end after a good run from Wilshere. Walcott takes, but it's well cleared by Diakite.

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Arsenal will be ruing their missed chances in the first half now.

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GOAL! Craig Gardner equalises from the penalty spot, sending Szczesny the wrong way.

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Penalty! Adam Johnson is brought down in the area by Koscielny, no doubt in the referee's mind.

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Sunderland win a corner as Koscielny just gets his head on a great cross into the box.

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Here we go for the second half...

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Half time substitution for Sunderland: Gardner comes on for David Vaughan

Will Gooderham: Think Arsenal are doing well with Giroud up front and a strong midfield, but still think they need another striker to partner Giroud. COME ON ARSENAL!!!!!!!

Rob "boom boom boom boom" Dear: Looking forward to finally seeing Ozil playing, hoping to see some assists from him and a big old sack of goals from the handsome fella!

Half-time at the Stadium of Light. Comfortable half for Arsenal as they lead 1-0 thanks to Giroud and some brilliant play from record signing Mesut Ozil.

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Ozil has a pop at goal after a good dribble into the area, but his shot is well block by two Sunderland defenders.

45
Good ball over the top to Fletcher on the quick counter, but the striker went a little bit early and is called offside.

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Ki gets his last warning as he snaps at the heels of Giroud. Arsenal on the attack again.

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Wilshere plays a good ball over the top to Walcott, but his header is just wide of the upright,

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Ozil wins a free kick as he gets a welcome to the Premier League in the centre circle.

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Sunderland finally get a sniff of the ball once again, still looking to get that all important equaliser.

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Walcott takes, but it's headed on over everyone, before Ramsey gives away a free kick near the corner flag.

40
Another corner for Arsenal after another good attacking move.

39
Sunderland finally get the ball after Diakite wins the ball of Giroud, but it's not too long before Arsenal are back in possession.

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And he takes it short to keep up the pressure.

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Corner to Arsenal after Gibbs gathers a long diagonal ball. Ozil to take.

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Arsenal taking the sting out of the game by just keeping the ball around the midfield.

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Good spell of possession from Arsenal.

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Gibbs makes a good run down the wing, but his cross into the area is well over everyone and is gathered by Westwood.

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Sustained spell of pressure from Sunderland now, but they're still lacking a real cutting edge.

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Sunderland, though, don't seem out of the game just yet. As long as it stays at 1-0, they still have a chance.

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Arsenal really having it all their own way at the moment.

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Brilliant pass from Ozil as he finds Wilshere, who is brought down on the edge of the area. The referee is having none of it, though. Play goes on.

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He does but it's well cleared by the Sunderland defence.

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Free kick to Arsenal as Wilshere is bundled over in midfield. Walcott looks like he'll take this one.

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Sagna does well to hold off Altidore's run at goal, but Sunderland applying some pressure here.

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Ozil plays Walcott through on goal once again, but the England international's shot is straight at the goalkeeper from an accute angle.

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Fletcher getting his own back as he brings down Flamini in midfield after an exchanging a few words with the referee.

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He does, but it is straight into the grateful grasp of Westwood.

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Arsenal have a free kick just outside the area after Altidore handballs. Ozil looks likely to take

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Very comfortable for Arsenal, Sunderland just seem to be lacking that cutting edge up front.

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Flamini gives away his second foul of the game as he brings down Fletcher near the centre circle.

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Ozil really at the centre of all Arsenal's attacking play, doesn't really come off this time as he slips Wilshere through, who fails to find Gibbs on the wing.

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Arsenal slowing things down by passing the ball around the middle of the park.

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The referee awards Sunderland a free kick after Koscielny commits a foul in the box.

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The Gunners win a corner after some neat passing, which results in a Ramsey shot.

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A very open match, but you do feel that it will get hard fro Sunderland to keep playing this way.

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Szczesny has a bit of a scare there as he fails to keep hold of a shot from distance from Altidore, but luckily there is no one in the box to take advantage.

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The Black Cats are struggling to retain possession against the quality of Arsenal, who are really exerting the pressure now.

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Sunderland certainly not lying down, but their attacking play is leaving them open at the back.

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Ozil nearly has his second assist as he puts Walcott through on goal, but the winger's effort is straight at Westwood in goal.

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Sunderland hit the bar as Diakite gets on the end of a Mavrias corner as they look for a quick reply.

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The Black Cats don't seem deterred by that early set back and they win a corner.

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Sunderland try to launch their own attack, but it rather peters out for a goal kick.

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GOAL! Just like that Ozil has his first assist of his Arsenal career as he slips Giroud through on goal who slots it into the bottom left corner.

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Spell of possession for the Black Cats at the back now.

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Arsenal building up slowly, passing the ball around the box, but it comes to nothing as a cross goes straight at the goalkeeper.

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Sunderland doing well to deny Arsenal the ball at times, but they are also having problems in the final third.

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Arsenal just looking to string together a couple of passes in the final third, and Ramsey fails to slip Giroud through on goal.

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Arsenal looking a bit disjointed in attack thus far.

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First corner for Arsenal. Ozil takes it and it's cleared by the Sunderland defence.

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Sunderland seeing a bit more of the ball in the early exchanges and a moment of poor defending from Jenkinson almost lets the Black Cats in.

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Wilshere just made a good run into the box there, but the midfielder is immediately crowded out by the Black Cats defence.

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Arsenal give away an early free kick, but Ki blasts it straight at the first defender. The Gunners do well to see out the danger.

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The referee gets the game underway...

Sarah 'Crusoe' Robinson: My predictions for todays match is 2-1 [to Arsenal]. Looking forward to todays match after our last win :D

Marie Breeze: I'm expecting a 3-1 result today with Ozil to get a debut goal and also giroud to snatch the other two. And just before the end of the game Steven Fletcher to score a consolation COYG!!

Dileep: Hello. Hopefully Ozil will make his debut today against Sunderland. I believe he is a positive signing for the Gunners, as Arsenal are a very attacking side. If he starts today Di Canio's side need to be aware of his talent because he could cause a lot of problems for Sunderland. However, Sunderland have made good signings this summer and they too could cause problems for Arsenal. My prediction is 1-2 to Arsenal.

Sunderland are proving friendless in the betting ahead of their clash with Arsenal. The Black Cats have drifted from 7/2 to 4/1 as punters pile into 4/6 shots Arsenal, who have lost only one of their last nine Premier League matches on Wearside. Oliver Giroud has scored in each of the Gunners league matches this term and is 7/2 to net the opener with new signing Mesut Ozil 8/1 to break the deadlock on his debut.

Feel free to e-mail your thoughts or predictions to chris.vermeulen@teamtalkmedia.com and we'll publish as many of them before - and during - the game as possible.

In Arsenal team news, record signing Mesut Ozil makes his debut from the start, while Flamini is also handed his first start since making his return to the club. The injured Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal are back on the bench, but on-loan goalkeeper Viviano has not made the squad.

Sunderland make a couple of changes to their side from the 3-1 loss the Crystal Palace. O'Shea of course will serve suspension, while Wickham drops to the bench and Giaccherini is out of the squad completely. Fletcher comes into the starting line-up alongside Roberge and Mavrias. New signing Fabio Borini is on the bench, but there is no place in the squad for fellow new boy Dossena.

Arsene Wenger, though, has plenty of absentees to deal with as Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta, Thomas Vermaelen and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all out injured. New goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano is expected to be named on the bench, with Wojciech Szczesny still considered Wenger's first-choice goalkeeper.

Mesut Ozil is expected to make his Arsenal debut after making his €50 million move to the Emirates as the Gunners look to add to their four-match winning streak, having most recently seen off bitter rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium to go fourth in the Premier League.

The Black Cats are still looking for their first victory - having drawn one and lost two of their opening three games. Paolo Di Canio could hand debuts to deadline day signings Fabio Borini and Andrea Dossena following the Italian's mass overhaul of the Sunderland squad after their close brush with relegation last season.

Good afternoon, I'm Chris Vermeulen and I'll be taking you through all the action as Sunderland host Arsenal at the Stadium of Light. Kick-off is scheduled for 1500 BST.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 30 August 2014
12:45
Burnley v Man Utd
15:00
Man City v Stoke
Newcastle v C Palace
QPR v Sunderland
Swansea v West Brom
West Ham v Southampton
17:30
Everton v Chelsea
Sunday, 31 August 2014
13:30
A Villa v Hull City
Tottenham v Liverpool
16:00
Leicester v Arsenal
Saturday, 13 September 2014
12:45
Arsenal v Man City  
15:00
Chelsea v Swansea  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Tottenham 2 5 6
2 Chelsea 2 4 6
3 Man City 2 4 6
4 Swansea 2 2 6
5 Arsenal 2 1 4
6 Hull City 2 1 4
7 A Villa 2 1 4
8 West Ham 2 1 3
9 Liverpool 2 -1 3
10 Everton 2 0 2
11 Sunderland 2 0 2
12 West Brom 2 0 2
13 Man Utd 2 -1 1
14 Southampton 2 -1 1
15 Stoke 2 -1 1
16 Leicester 2 -2 1
17 Newcastle 2 -2 1
18 C Palace 2 -3 0
19 Burnley 2 -3 0
20 QPR 2 -5 0

Updated Wed, 27 Aug 2014

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