Aaron Ramsey scored twice as Arsenal beat bottom club Sunderland, who had boss Paolo Di Canio sent off.

Arsenal debutant Mesut Ozil set up Olivier Giroud for an early goal, with Craig Gardner equalising from the spot after the break.

But after Ramsey volleyed in, Di Canio was infuriated when Jozy Altidore was denied a leveller after referee Martin Atkinson failed to play an advantage.

Ramsey scored a fine second as Arsenal moved to the Premier League summit.

Di Canio 'told' ref to send him off

The result was their fifth consecutive win after losing on the opening day to Aston Villa.

Although the Gunners were on top for long periods in the game, Sunderland were understandably aggrieved they did not register a second equaliser via Altidore halfway through the second period.

After wrestling with Bacary Sagna just outside the box, the United States striker squeezed a shot past Wojciech Szczesny which trickled over the line before it was cleared, only for Atkinson to bring play back for a Sunderland free-kick.

The judgement was especially frustrating for the hosts as it would have avoided any potential goal-line controversy - the new Goal Decision System was used to perfection by showing the ball had marginally crossed the line.

Di Canio was later sent to the stands and has yet to see his team win this season. Since winning his first two games in charge after taking over on 31 March, the Italian has only garnered three points from 24.

Still, having been over-run in a first half where Ozil excelled, he will be heartened by the manner of his team's second-half reply, where they showed superior energy and could have gone ahead with two other decent chances.

Ozil's promising Arsenal debut

  • 11 mins : Sets up Olivier Giroud for opener with run and cross
  • 26 mins: Free-kick saved by Keiran Westwood
  • 28 mins: Through ball puts Theo Walcott in on goal but his shot is saved by Westwood
  • 45 mins: Goal-bound shot cleared
  • 76 mins: Neat interplay with Giroud sets up Ramsey for Arsenal's third goal
  • 80 mins: Replaced by Thomas Vermaelen

They will need that spirit as, following their next match against fellow strugglers West Brom, they face Liverpool and Manchester United.

The hosts were fortunate to still be in the game at the break as Ozil made an instant impression following his £42.5m move from Real Madrid by demanding the ball early on and providing a host of chances.

Theo Walcott could easily have had a hat-trick before the break but found Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood in impressive form, as he twice denied the England winger after he was set clear by Jack Wilshere and Ozil.

Arsenal played without a designated left-winger as Ozil drifted into the middle, but the German drifted left to collect Wilshere's pass for the opening goal, and crossed simply for Giroud to score his first Premier League goal outside London.

The Black Cats, who had five of their 14 summer signings in the side, contributed to a flowing opening with Modibo Diakite heading against the bar and Altidore going close.

Ramsey improvement dramatic - Wenger

But despite their probing, they were presented with a gift for the equaliser when Laurent Koscielny felled Adam Johnson in the penalty area after 48 minutes.

The ball was heading away from goal, but Koscielny dived in and Gardner made no mistake from the spot, three minutes after coming on at half-time.

The goal signified a huge turnaround in the game as Steven Fletcher, making his first start since March, had a goal disallowed with Ki Sung-Yeung also guilty of straying offside as Gardner hit the post.

Just after the hour mark, though, the Gunners regrouped and it led to a fine strike by Ramsey, who volleyed in from 18 yards after Carl Jenkinson's right-wing cross.

Altidore's disallowed goal then cast a defining narrative in the match and once Ramsey tucked in after a sweet pass from Giroud for his fifth of the season, Sunderland could not find a way back.

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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Gardner (pen) 48
  • Giroud 11
  • Ramsey 67
  • Ramsey 76

Sunderland

Substitutes

Arsenal

Substitutes

Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 39,055
SUNDERLAND
ARSENAL

Possession

  • Sunderland 32%
  • Arsenal 68%

Attempts on target

  • Sunderland 2
  • Arsenal 6

Attempts off target

  • Sunderland 15
  • Arsenal 8

Corners

  • Sunderland 6
  • Arsenal 7

Fouls

  • Sunderland 12
  • Arsenal 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:59 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+4:00 Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+3:30 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jozy Altidore.
  • 90:00+2:38 Strike on goal comes in from Craig Gardner from the free kick and goes over the bar.
  • 90:00+1:56 Substitution Chuba Akpom comes on in place of Olivier Giroud.
  • 90:00+0:05 Thomas Vermaelen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jozy Altidore.
  • Correction - 89:38 Olivier Giroud takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.
  • 89:38 Olivier Giroud takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.
  • 88:59 Connor Wickham takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a block.
  • 88:56 The ball is crossed by Adam Johnson.
  • 88:01 Substitution Nacho Monreal is brought on as a substitute for Theo Walcott.
  • 87:30 Clearance made by Aaron Ramsey.
  • 87:28 Ondrej Celustka sends in a cross.
  • 86:48 The ball is crossed by Carl Jenkinson.
  • 85:55 Fabio Borini has an effort at goal. Bacary Sagna gets a block in.
  • 85:22 Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.
  • 85:00 Sung-Yeung Ki gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere.
  • 83:51 Valentin Roberge restarts play with the free kick.
  • 83:36 Foul by Jack Wilshere on Connor Wickham, free kick awarded.
  • 83:31 Aaron Ramsey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 83:14 Modibo Diakite concedes a free kick for a foul on Olivier Giroud.
  • 82:45 Header at goal by Connor Wickham misses to the right.
  • 82:43 Jozy Altidore delivers the ball.
  • 82:02 Header at goal by Jozy Altidore to the left of the net.
  • 81:59 Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Johnson.
  • 81:37 Shot by Fabio Borini. Blocked by Mathieu Flamini.
  • 81:14 The ball is delivered by Theo Walcott.
  • 79:41 Substitution Thomas Vermaelen on for Mesut Ozil.
  • 78:55 Corner taken by Fabio Borini.
  • 78:36 Craig Gardner takes a shot. Blocked by Bacary Sagna.
  • 78:35 Mathieu Flamini manages to make a clearance.
  • 78:34 Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
  • 77:54 Olivier Giroud shoots direct from the free kick. Blocked by Craig Gardner.
  • 76:57 Valentin Roberge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere.
  • 76:35 Substitution Connor Wickham on for Steven Fletcher.
  • 76:13 Fabio Borini takes a shot and went wide left of the net.
  • Correction - 75:17 Olivier Giroud provided the assist for the goal.
  • Correction - 75:17 GOAL - Aaron RamseySunderland 1 - 3 Arsenal Aaron Ramsey scores with a right foot finish. Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal.
  • 75:17 Assist on the goal came from Olivier Giroud.
  • 75:17 GOAL - Aaron RamseySunderland 1 - 3 Arsenal Aaron Ramsey scores a right footed goal. Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal.
  • 72:56 Craig Gardner takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
  • 71:48 Ondrej Celustka manages to make a clearance.
  • 71:02 Craig Gardner fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick which goes right of the net.
  • 70:37 Substitution Charis Mavrias leaves the field to be replaced by Fabio Borini.
  • 70:05 Bacary Sagna booked.
  • 70:05 Booking
  • 69:25 Bacary Sagna challenges Jozy Altidore unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 66:47 The assist for the goal came from Carl Jenkinson.
  • 66:47 GOAL - Aaron RamseySunderland 1 - 2 Arsenal Aaron Ramsey scores a right footed goal. Sunderland 1-2 Arsenal.
  • 66:35 Mesut Ozil decides to take a short corner.
  • 66:20 Jack Colback makes a clearance.
  • 66:19 Modibo Diakite makes a clearance.
  • 66:18 Clearance by Jack Colback.
  • 66:16 The ball is sent over by Mesut Ozil.
  • 66:13 Clearance by Modibo Diakite.
  • 66:10 Mesut Ozil crosses the ball.
  • 65:56 Clearance made by Valentin Roberge.
  • 65:54 Kieran Gibbs produces a cross.
  • 65:48 The ball is swung over by Theo Walcott.
  • 64:56 Clearance made by Jack Colback.
  • 64:55 Kieran Gibbs sends in a cross.
  • 64:02 The ball is swung over by Carl Jenkinson.
  • 63:58 Modibo Diakite manages to make a clearance.
  • 63:19 Adam Johnson takes a shot and went wide left of the target.
  • 62:03 Mathieu Flamini makes a clearance.
  • 62:00 Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line.
  • 61:28 Adam Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Mathieu Flamini.
  • 60:56 Free kick taken by Mathieu Flamini.
  • 60:53 Foul by Jozy Altidore on Mathieu Flamini, free kick awarded.
  • 60:51 Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
  • 60:15 Sung-Yeung Ki is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
  • 59:36 Booking
  • 59:36 Mathieu Flamini booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 59:29 Mathieu Flamini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jozy Altidore.
  • 58:57 Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
  • 58:35 The assistant referee flags for offside against Steven Fletcher.
  • 57:29 The assistant referee signals for offside against Theo Walcott.
  • 53:49 Craig Gardner has an effort at goal. Blocked by Aaron Ramsey.
  • 53:40 Centre by Ondrej Celustka.
  • 53:38 Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
  • 53:37 Ondrej Celustka delivers the ball.
  • 51:55 Valentin Roberge makes a clearance.
  • 51:52 Bacary Sagna takes the free kick.
  • 51:23 Booking
  • 51:23 Craig Gardner is booked.
  • 51:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mesut Ozil by Craig Gardner.
  • 51:10 Kieran Gibbs makes a clearance.
  • 51:08 Corner from the left by-line taken by Charis Mavrias.
  • 50:45 Charis Mavrias produces a cross.
  • 50:44 Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.
  • 50:34 Clearance made by Adam Johnson.
  • 50:32 Modibo Diakite makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 50:30 Header by Olivier Giroud misses left.
  • 50:30 Header at goal by Olivier Giroud misses left of the target.
  • 50:29 Carl Jenkinson sends in a cross.
  • 49:43 Modibo Diakite makes a clearance.
  • 49:41 Corner taken by Theo Walcott from the right by-line.
  • 47:57 GOAL - Craig GardnerSunderland 1 - 1 Arsenal Craig Gardner scores a penalty. Sunderland 1-1 Arsenal.
  • 47:12 Laurent Koscielny gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson.
  • 47:07 Clearance by Kieran Gibbs.
  • 47:00 Olivier Giroud makes a clearance.
  • 46:57 Corner from the left by-line taken by Charis Mavrias.
  • 46:40 Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.
  • 46:39 The ball is delivered by Ondrej Celustka.
  • 46:07 Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.
  • 45:58 Unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny by Jozy Altidore results in a free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution David Vaughan goes off and Craig Gardner comes on.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:20 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • Correction - 45:00+1:06 Olivier Giroud takes a shot.
  • 45:00+1:06 Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Blocked by Sung-Yeung Ki.
  • 45:00+1:05 Valentin Roberge makes a clearance.
  • 45:00+1:01 Corner from the right by-line taken by Theo Walcott.
  • 45:00+0:14 Mesut Ozil takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Valentin Roberge gets a block in.
  • Correction - 45:00+0:14 Mesut Ozil has an effort at goal. Ondrej Celustka gets a block in.
  • 44:13 Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.
  • 44:03 The assistant referee signals for offside against Steven Fletcher.
  • 43:39 Ondrej Celustka makes a clearance.
  • 43:37 Jack Colback makes a clearance.
  • 43:35 The ball is swung over by Carl Jenkinson.
  • 43:11 Aaron Ramsey takes the free kick.
  • 42:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sung-Yeung Ki on Olivier Giroud.
  • 42:01 Header at goal by Theo Walcott goes right of the post.
  • 41:53 Free kick taken by Aaron Ramsey.
  • 41:17 Unfair challenge on Mesut Ozil by Sung-Yeung Ki results in a free kick.
  • 40:27 Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
  • 39:57 Aaron Ramsey challenges Adam Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 39:48 Corner taken by Theo Walcott.
  • 39:22 The ball is swung over by Carl Jenkinson.
  • 37:50 Mesut Ozil decides to take the corner short.
  • 37:23 Clearance by Ondrej Celustka.
  • 37:22 Kieran Gibbs crosses the ball.
  • 34:24 Centre by Kieran Gibbs.
  • 33:20 Ondrej Celustka delivers the ball.
  • 33:15 Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.
  • 33:12 The ball is swung over by Adam Johnson.
  • 32:18 Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
  • 31:15 Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
  • 30:50 Handball decision goes against Aaron Ramsey.
  • 29:49 Clearance by Sung-Yeung Ki.
  • 29:47 Theo Walcott crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 29:17 Jack Wilshere fouled by David Vaughan, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 28:51 The ball is swung over by Charis Mavrias.
  • 28:35 Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
  • 28:33 Steven Fletcher produces a cross.
  • 28:23 Bacary Sagna makes a clearance.
  • 27:33 Theo Walcott takes a shot. Parried by Keiren Westwood back into danger.
  • 26:41 Free kick taken by Carl Jenkinson.
  • 26:30 Steven Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mathieu Flamini.
  • 25:34 Mesut Ozil has an effort direct from the free kick. Keiren Westwood blocks the ball.
  • 24:46 Handball decision goes against Jozy Altidore.
  • 22:45 Clearance by Bacary Sagna.
  • 21:01 Free kick taken by Ondrej Celustka.
  • 20:49 Modibo Diakite fouled by Olivier Giroud, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 20:32 Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 19:58 Laurent Koscielny challenges Valentin Roberge unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 19:58 Steven Fletcher fouled by Laurent Koscielny, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 19:53 Corner from the left by-line taken by Mesut Ozil.
  • 19:33 Clearance by Valentin Roberge.
  • 19:30 Shot by Aaron Ramsey went wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 18:43 Jack Colback manages to make a clearance.
  • 18:03 Clearance made by Jack Colback.
  • 17:31 Shot by Jozy Altidore. Wojciech Szczesny parries the effort to safety.
  • 16:44 Kieran Gibbs produces a cross.
  • 14:19 Valentin Roberge manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 14:14 Theo Walcott takes a shot. Parried by Keiren Westwood back into danger.
  • 14:14 Theo Walcott takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Keiren Westwood parries the effort to safety.
  • Correction - 13:12 The ball is sent over by Jozy Altidore.
  • 13:12 Modibo Diakite delivers the ball.
  • 13:09 Header at goal by Valentin Roberge goes over the bar.
  • 13:05 Header at goal by Modibo Diakite hits the woodwork.
  • 13:04 Corner from the left by-line taken by Charis Mavrias.
  • 12:44 Charis Mavrias produces a cross.
  • 12:43 Clearance by Bacary Sagna.
  • 11:41 The ball is delivered by Adam Johnson.
  • 10:14 Assist on the goal came from Mesut Ozil.
  • 10:14 GOAL - Olivier GiroudSunderland 0 - 1 Arsenal Olivier Giroud scores with their left foot. Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal.
  • 9:08 The ball is sent over by Carl Jenkinson.
  • 8:11 Jack Colback manages to make a clearance.
  • 7:39 Clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.
  • 7:10 Laurent Koscielny restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:58 Laurent Koscielny fouled by Jozy Altidore, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 5:14 Clearance made by Modibo Diakite.
  • 5:06 David Vaughan manages to make a clearance.
  • 5:04 The ball is crossed by Aaron Ramsey.
  • 4:57 Clearance by Steven Fletcher.
  • Correction - 4:53 Shot by Theo Walcott. Blocked by Steven Fletcher.
  • 4:53 Theo Walcott takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Fletcher.
  • 4:50 Corner taken by Mesut Ozil from the left by-line.
  • 4:07 Kieran Gibbs takes the free kick.
  • 3:45 Foul by Modibo Diakite on Olivier Giroud, free kick awarded.
  • 3:37 Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.
  • 3:33 Clearance made by Carl Jenkinson.
  • 3:31 The ball is swung over by David Vaughan.
  • 3:23 Clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.
  • 3:20 Centre by Steven Fletcher.
  • 2:35 Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
  • 2:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Wilshere on Jack Colback.
  • 0:56 Sung-Yeung Ki fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Mesut Ozil gets a block in.
  • 0:12 Mathieu Flamini concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Fletcher.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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