Report: Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland

http://www.premierleague.com/javaImages/a9/67/0,,12306~8611753,00.jpgArsenal got the job done the hard way against Sunderland but enjoyed a rich reward as they moved within 2 points of second place.

Top performer Emmanuel Eboue worked incredibly well to set up a tap-in for Bendtner to put Arsenal ahead after 27 minutes but there was a nervy wait for that killer second goal and it took until injury time for Fabregas to capitalize on a penalty as the Gunners won 2-0.

Arsenal dominated proceedings from kick-off but it was as you know at the Emirates, with efforts in the final third very taming.

Along with Eboue, Theo Walcott did well to torment McCartney with his pace and got past his marker on 16 minutes before being foiled by Craig Gordon from a tight angle.

Arsenal’s target man Bendtner freely roamed about and occasionally found himself in good positions in the box – one of which resulted in his close-range shot being met by Gordon.

Sunderland were there for the taking at this point and when Eboue turned impressively and surged into the visitors territory, their resistance was finally broken. The Ivorian found Bendtner with a pass across goal and the Dane easily tapped it home to give Arsenal the lead after 27 patient minutes.

Yet, Arsenal’s dominance in attack always meant occasional slacking in defense and there was another heart-in-mouth moment when Kenwyne Jones was teed up by Richardson on the stroke of half-time. The Trinidadian was one-on-one with Almunia with the freedom of the Emirates to equalize but Jones managed to spare the blushes of Ramsey who had lost possesion at the wrong place.

Arsenal’s onslaught continued after the break and Gordon was called into further action soon after the restart to deny first Walcott and then Thomas Vermaelen with a stinging free-kick.

But still Arsene Wenger’s side could not find a way through for a second time on the day and the longer the score remained at just 1-0, the more tense the home crowd became.

And as they did in the first half, Sunderland proved they had lingering hopes of an equalizer and if not for an excellent Almunia save, they would have got it.  Bent shrugged off Silvestre’s challenge and found his way into the host’s area but Arsenal’s goalkeeper rushed out to deny the striker’s effort with his legs.

Sunderland were left to rue that, and Jones’s earlier miss, as Arsenal’s pile more fruitless pressure at the other end. Walcott – who later went off for Sagna – tried to pounce on a lose ball from close-range but could only meet Gordon before Samir Nasri – later replaced by Rosicky – whipped Eboue’s cut-back cross wide with his left foot.

It was nail-biting time for the Arsenal fans in injury time but their nerves were soon calmed by referee Steve Bennet.

Frazier Campbell was adjudged to have brought down Fabregas right on the edge of the box and the Gunners were awarded a penalty kick. He missed the only spot-kick Arsenal had earned this campaign against Stoke City but Fabregas cooly found the net this time to clinch a vital win.

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14 thoughts on “Report: Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland

    1. That’s exactly what I was thinking. IF Diaby returns and as long as we don’t play any line-up that looks like the one in the FA Cup (no Fabianski in goal), we will be able to stand the test.

      Plus Gallas returning would be a bonus (better than an always dubious Silvestre or Campbell). I don’t know about Arshavin though.

      I won’t say we will “crush” them, we have no right to believe that considering our own flaws and Stoke’s growing ability but it is a match we can see out.

    2. Why all of a sudden there are doubts against, STOKE?!!! Guys, take a step back for a min…we will get the job done! You guys are making me think us playing Stoke is like playing one of the top 3! We got this!

  1. this is wat we need……..clichy is no longer the clichy we know b4…now he lack of attacking threat..sagna provide more 2 defensive but after he back from injury..he kept make mistake….we nid u 2 to be on full fitness 2 win us a throphy….we nid our attacking midfield n full back 2 get inside the box n terrorize defender…we oso nid a target man like RVP whose good at keeping the ball…without this skill we didnt have 2 much attacking threat….u can c from 2day man u n chelsea goal….a simple touch will do if we got more player in the box… everytime we deliver the ball into the box,there’s onli 1 Arsenal player inside the box….i heard tat RVP will b back within 1 month??

  2. If it wasn’t for our quality of holding the ball and passing this game wouldve ended in disaster. We got lucky they didn’t finish their chances! Eboue, is great and Bendtner worked ho’s ass off..glad he scored! Theo, disappoints me. Arsenal are very close too bad we slipped vs man u and Chelsea!

  3. Well done again boys!! With the Premier League title still in sight, let’s gun on all the way to glory. Nothing is impossible whenever there’s faith & belief in the team.

  4. i may be abused…but we are also quite fortunate that sunderland is not some team which have decent strikers…i mean jones chance was superb
    we never had a clearcut chance like that …what i mean to say is a 1 on 1 chance…even bent had one in the 2nd half..thank-god almunia played well..
    we have to improve our finishing againts stoke..
    overall i felt that the team performed superbly..walcott played better also

  5. I think d team win 2day game but they lose many goal chance.arsene should please work on this,while our defence must work as team.

  6. RANDY ..I HAVE AQUESTION DID U THINK WE NEED FABREGAS,IF DAVID VILLA COMES TO ARSENAL???
    I MAY SOUND LIKE A NUT-JOB BUT ALL U GOONERS PLZ ANSWER THIS QUESTION?????(EVEN U LOFT}

    1. Hey DKD, I really can’t add more to what, arsenekidz already said. However, David Villa, needs a playmaker like Fab. If Fab goes and, David Villa comes in we are still going to have to fill that huge void, Fab will leave behind…No doubt! Cesc and David in the same squad would be fantastic (RVP, too? What!)!

  7. Fabregas & David are different type of players. Fabregas is a play maker whereas David is basically a striker. Currently Fab is on form scoring and creating goals lately, I wouldn’t trade Fab for David but if we can have both players on the pitch, it will be a great bonus.

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