Arsenal’s hard luck at the Stadium of Light in recent seasons continued as Sunderland snatched a 1-1 draw with the match’s last kick on Saturday.
The Gunners had not been at their fluent best, but neither were they short of their gritty best as the hosts trailed to a freakish goal by Cesc Fabregas for most of the match thanks to Arsenal’s resistance.
However, Wenger’s side – reduced to ten men after Song’s sending off earlier in the second half – could have avoided Darren Bent’s late equalizer had Tomas Rosicky not squandered a spot-kick with 15 minutes left.
The Gunners were certainly left with a bitter taste in their mouths at the end after displaying much grit and guts, but in truth, only those attributes earned them a point today.
The domination of Steve Bruce’s men which saw them win a stunning 65% of possession could have merited an empty-handed trip back home for Wenger’s men.
Arsenal could have held on better to rob all three points, but they had been outperformed.