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Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal

By Richard WintonBBC Sport
Alexis Sanchez gives Arsenal the lead
Sanchez scored his sixth goal in 15 Arsenal appearances
  • Arsenal earn third win in eight games
  • Sunderland have conceded 10 goals in two games
  • Poyet's side lose unbeaten home record
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain makes 100th Arsenal appearance

Sunderland were unable to exorcise their embarrassment at Southampton as Arsenal won at the Stadium of Light.

Alexis Sanchez capitalised on Wes Brown's dreadful passback to clip Arsenal ahead after half an hour.

And, despite performing with more resolve than in their 8-0 defeat at St Mary's last Saturday, Sunderland lost another bad goal in stoppage time.

Goalkeeper Vito Mannone dawdled with the ball at his feet, allowing Sanchez to steal in and secure the win.

Individual errors cost us - Poyet

The late goal ensured that Arsenal would win this fixture for the fourth consecutive season but Arsene Wenger's side were far from convincing.

The visitors, who had to win to avoid recording their lowest points total after nine games in the Wenger era, offered a performance as uninspiring as the one that earned them a late win over Anderlecht in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Chances were scarce, with the goals the consequence of two grotesque Sunderland mistakes.

Brown and Mannone both retained their places, along with the rest of the back four who capitulated last Saturday, but neither could take the opportunity to redeem themselves.

Centre-back Brown was spared some of the criticism this week, given that the score was just 3-0 when he was withdrawn at Southampton, but it was his horrible error that gifted Arsenal the opening goal.

Long wait
Sunderland's only win in their last 22 league games against Arsenal was in November 2009. Darren Bent scored in a 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light.

The former England defender brought down a long ball at the edge of the centre circle and, under pressure from Sanchez, tried to shunt it back towards Mannone.

However, Brown instead scraped his studs across the top of the ball, allowing the Chilean to scamper towards goal before clipping over the exposed goalkeeper.

Mannone, though, was completely culpable when Sanchez scored his second.

Santiago Vergini shunted a loose ball towards the Italian, who took a decent touch before getting his feet into a frightful tangle. The ball spurted away from him and former Barcelona forward Sanchez pounced.

Wenger pleased with result

Without those mistakes, Arsenal struggled to create openings; Danny Welbeck lashed over, Santi Cazorla fizzed an effort just wide and Mannone thwarted Calum Chambers from a narrow angle.

Instead, Sunderland grew gradually more emboldened and, as the second half progressed, enjoyed the better opportunities.

Wojciech Szczesny had to plunge to his left to grasp a Jack Rodwell header and then had to pluck a Sebastian Larsson shot from the air.

But, for all their huffing and puffing, Sunderland were unable to prevent a difficult week ending with the loss of their unbeaten home record.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "I wanted to see the players be brave and pass the ball and I think they were close.

"We didn't make many mistakes in the first seven games but in the last two games we made more than you expect in the whole season. We need to put that right.

"There is no other way other than to keep working, convincing the players and trying not to make mistakes and hopefully try to win a game."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "We had a lot of the ball and Sunderland were focused on defending. They came out with more purpose in the second half but on the break we had many chances.

"In life you can always improve but what was important for us today was to get the three points and keep a clean sheet."

Sunderland's Gus Poyet
Poyet opted to make just two changes to the Sunderland side that lost 8-0 to Southampton
Wes Brown and Alexis Sanchez
Wes Brown's mistake gifted Alexis Sanchez the chance to put Arsenal ahead
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez capitalises on Vito Mannone's error
Sanchez's goals ensured Arsenal extended their unbeaten league run against Sunderland to 10 matches
Sunderland's Vito Mannone
Mannone made 23 appearances for Arsenal between 2005 and 2013
Theo Walcott was on the Arsenal bench
Theo Walcott returned to the Arsenal bench after nine months out with a knee injury

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 25Mannone
  • 27Vergini
  • 16O'Shea
  • 5Brown
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 6CattermoleBooked at 63mins
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forAltidoreat 74'minutes
  • 7LarssonBooked at 38mins
  • 8RodwellSubstituted forGomez Garcia-Pencheat 74'minutes
  • 30Buckley
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forWickhamat 50'minutesBooked at 68mins

Substitutes

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 4Bridcutt
  • 10Wickham
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 15Réveillere
  • 17Altidore
  • 18Mavrias

Arsenal

  • 1Szczesny
  • 21Chambers
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 18Monreal
  • 3GibbsBooked at 24minsSubstituted forBellerinat 74'minutes
  • 8ArtetaBooked at 55minsSubstituted forRamseyat 88'minutes
  • 20Flamini
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forRosickyat 90'minutes
  • 17Sánchez
  • 19Cazorla
  • 23WelbeckBooked at 50mins

Substitutes

  • 7Rosicky
  • 9Podolski
  • 14Walcott
  • 16Ramsey
  • 26Martinez
  • 28Campbell
  • 39Bellerin
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
44,449

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 0, Arsenal 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, Arsenal 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Sunderland 0, Arsenal 2. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey replaces Mikel Arteta.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt with a headed pass.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wes Brown.

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal).

  14. Post update

    Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jordi Gómez (Sunderland).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) left footed shot from long range on the left misses to the right.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Nacho Monreal with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Sunderland. Patrick van Aanholt tries a through ball, but William Buckley is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt with a cross.