With the club lacking options especially in the attacking midfielders, Mesut Özil made his Arsenal debut despite Wenger stating that the German might not be in perfect condition. With Cazorla and Ox out, Arsenal deployed a new combination of midfielders with Wilshere and Ramsey taking turns on the left or either the entire team throwing out the wing play in total. Although with little options due to what international breaks have been giving Arsenal more recently, the club got off to a bright start.
Özil made a lovely first touch from a long pass forward on the left flank, and drove a quick pass towards the middle for Giroud to smash it in on the 10th minute. Arsenal had another trio of clear goal scoring opportunities, two made by Özil and one by Wilshere. However, Theo Walcott didn’t exactly have his goal scoring boots on today in all three occasions.
Sunderland pulled back one after Craig Gardner slotted in from a penalty made by Koscielny’s tackle on Adam Johnson. With the two sides tied up, Arsenal’s Welsh captain, Aaron Ramsey stepped up. He first drilled a screamer after Jenkinson cut back a cross from the right. Less than 10 minutes later, a lovely passing move from Ramsey to Özil to Giroud and then a flick to Ramsey again saw the Arsenal midfielder get open to slot the dagger home.
There was a moment of controversy when Jozy Altidore beat Sagna to squirm a shot to the goal, with hawk eye goal line technology confirming that the goal was in. However, the referee had already called a foul Sagna during the Frenchman’s duel with the American, ruling the goal as disallowed.
Arsenal’s win makes it their third win in a row after starting the season off with a 3-1 loss to Aston Villa. They sit at the top of the table with having played a game more than Liverpool so far.
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