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Summary

  1. Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Flamini, Campbell, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud.
  2. Sunderland XI: Pantilimon, Coates, O'Shea, Kaboul, Yedlin, M'Vila, Toivonen, Van Aanholt, Watmore, Fletcher, Borini.

Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland

That's the whistle. Arsenal win 3-1, but that's only half a story. Sunderland can feel aggrieved.

GOAL - Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland

Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey
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That's yer lot. Aaron Ramsey gets in quickest to poke in from a goalmouth scramble. Arsenal have three goals and three points. The Emirates can breathe easily, but it's been hard work.  

CLOSE!

Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland

Is that Sunderland's last chance? Patrick van Aanholt in acres of space on the left of the Arsenal box, blazing over.

Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland

Very, very flat at the Emirates. Rumours of five minutes added time.

John Motson

BBC Match of the Day commentator

Arsene Wenger
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"You can see the anxiety on Arsene Wenger's face as they enter the last few minutes."

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SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland

Now Giroud comes off in place of Calum Chambers. Another attacker for a defender. Wenger probably has Olympiakos in mind too.

Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland

Kieran Gibbs in on for Arsenal, replacing Joel Campbell. Gibbs at left wing. A sign of Arsenal's injuries, or where Wenger sees this game going? Maybe a bit of both?

Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland

Sunderland are not beaten, you know, while Arsenal still look as though they might wobble. The Black Cats come down the right, Duncan Watmore has loads of room, but scuffs his shot straight at Cech.

Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland

At the right end for Oliver Giroud this time, finishing a second wonderful Arsenal move. Both have led to goals. They are the only real moments of quality the Gunners have produced.

Arsenal goal
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SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland

Borini off, Johnson on for Sunderland.

CLOSE!

Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland

Off the line! Giroud's header from a corner is nodded away at the back post. Finally, Arsenal are showing something. The Emirates sings its approval.

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland

In the aftermath, Theo Walcott returns for Arsenal, replacing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

"What a good goal. Olivier Giroud's movement is great - he times his run in parallel with Aaron Ramsey so well - and the finish on the head is beautiful."

GOAL - Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud scores
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He's scored at both ends (sort of, because it's actually the same end, pretty much exactly the same spot)! Olivier Giroud puts Arsenal ahead, finishing a lovely move with a stooping header. Arsenal have been well below par, but surely they won't give this up now?

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland withdraw the impressive Ola Toivonen in favour of Jack Rodwell. Remember him?

John Motson

BBC Match of the Day commentator

"Arsenal really do look like they are missing key components here."

Arsenal 1-1 Sunderland

Fletcher clattered his shin against the post. He's off the field, but he looks like he'll be OK. As for Arsenal, they are all over the shop.

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CLOSE!

Arsenal 1-1 Sunderland

Arsenal really are living dangerously. First Petr Cech has to save from distance, then the resulting corner is almost turned in by Steven Fletcher. Cech has to be there again for another belter, while Flecther is hurt...

Arsenal 1-1 Sunderland

Part of Arsenal's problem in breaking Sunderland down is their lack of width. Look at their attacking players (on the left). There's six in there, honest. You could throw a blanket over them.

Average positions
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Arsenal 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland have a big-style coat to wrap Big Sam in. He's a vision in blue, drinking a brew from a polystyrene cup. Proper football off the pitch and on it Arsenal tip-tap it through the defence, only for Aaron Ramsey to be offside. 

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Mesut Ozil
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Arsenal 1-1 Sunderland

Arsenal face that nine-man defence every time they go forward and they don't look to have the guile to unlock it. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can only shoot from the edge of the box. The resulting corner is dealt with easily.

Arsenal 1-1 Sunderland

Very, very subdued in north London. Arsenal haven't emerged in the second half with the vim that was missing in the first half.

Martin Keown

Former Arsenal defender on Final Score

"Very resolute from Sunderland, but Arsenal need to be quicker and make things happen. Everything is very mechanical and a bit routine, but I still feel Arsenal can win this.  

"The form teams like Leicester and Liverpool are running with a freedom, we are not seeing this from United and Arsenal."

Arsenal 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland have barely had a touch so far in the second half. It doesn't matter, Arsenal have hardly got past the halfway line.

KICK-OFF

Back under way. "Come on you Gunners", shouts one fan. It's quiet enough to hear him over all others...

The players trot back out of the tunnel. No signs of any Gunners wriggling a flea from their ears.

Arsene Wenger
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I wonder what is being said in the Arsenal dressing room at the moment. How can they change things? Maybe Theo Walcott? Sam Allardyce will be asking for more of the same.

Arsenal 1-1 Sunderland

It was a decent finish by Olivier Giroud, just at the wrong end. 

Olivier Giroud own goal
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Elsewhere...

As it stands, Leicester are three points clear at the top of the Premier League. Outrageous.

Half-time scores
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Arsenal 1-1 Sunderland

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'Gunners not firing on all cylinders'

Martin Keown

Former Arsenal defender on Final Score

"It's not been the greatest performance from Arsenal, sadly they are missing Sanchez."

HALF-TIME

Arsenal 1-1 Sunderland

Straight up the other end, Aaron Ramsey has a clear sight of goal and puts it wide. That signals the whistle, with fans showing some displeasure. Arsenal have been poor, Sunderland the better side and 1-1 is more than fair on the Black Cats. 

GOAL - Arsenal 1-1 Sunderland

Olivier Giroud own goal

Own goal by Olivier Giroud
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You can't say Sunderland don't deserve this, while Arsenal have been undone by mistakes of their own making. From the free-kick given away by Koscielny, the ball is whipped in for Olivier Giroud to stick out a leg and guide it past a helpless Petr Cech. Set-piece Sam does it again against Arsenal.  

Arsenal 1-0 Sunderland

Hello, what's happened here? Koscielny is late on Watmore, who is lying on the turf. Koscielny goes in the book and Sunderland have a free-kick wide left.

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Arsenal 1-0 Sunderland

Sunderland are not flat, though. Especially not the lively Duncan Watmore, who gets down the left and has a shot blocked. From the resulting corner, a bouncing ball is eventually killed by the ref's whistle. Edging towards the break.