Sunday October 16, 2011 Day 8 Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 2 - 1 Sunderland

  • van Persie 1’, 83’
  • Larsson 31’

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  1. Van Persie double downs Sunderland

    Van Persie double downs Sunderland

    Arsenal moved into the top half of the Premier League table with a nervy 2-1 win over Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Sunderland
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+5' The final whistle goes, and Robin van Persie's double has claimed a vital win for Arsenal that moves them into the top half of the table.
    • 90+5' Mignolet launches a free-kick forward . Every single Sunderland player is up there, but Mertesacker wins the header and Szczesny can collect.
    • 90+3' Ji has made his presence felt since coming off the bench, and is keeping the Arsenal defence honest as they try to close out this win.
    • 90+1' Five minutes for Arsenal to hold on, in fact. Richardson barges Benayoun over as the Israeli tries to pass him on the wing.
    • 90' Benayoun's shot inside the area is blocked by Brown. Not long for Arsenal to hold on now.
    • 88' Colback goes down inside the area under Walcott's challenge, more out of hope than expectation, and Webb ignores his imploring expression.
    • 87' Sunderland substitution: Craig Gardner repalces Cattermole.
    • 85' Van Persie has now scored 23 goals in 25 Premier League games in 2011.
    • 84' Ji Dong-Won latches on to Wickham's through ball and hits the back of the net... but he was well offside.
    • 84' Van Perise is booked for removing his shirt in his celebration.
    • 83' GOAL!! 2-1 ARSENAL!! Van Persie curls his excellent free-kick over the wall and right into the near top corner! The Gunners captain rescues his team!
    • 82' Arsenal win a free-kick on the right-hand corner of the area. This is a big chance, and as such it is left to Van Persie to have a go...
    • 80' Arsenal's corner is headed away but only as far as Arteta on the edge of the box. The Spaniard goes for the volley but totally miscues his effort.
    • 79' Sunderland substitution: Connor Wickham repalces Sessegnon.
    • 77' Benayoun's first contribution is to get tackled by Cattermole and then foul the Sunderland skipper as he tries to win the ball back.
    • 76' Arsenal substitution: Yossi Benayoun replaces Rosicky.
    • 74' ARSHAVIN!! The Russian almost scores a memorable goal when he slaloms his way through three defenders inside the box but his strike flashes past the foot of the far post!
    • 73' Sessegnon tussles with Song near the Arsenal byline, and the Sunderland man eventually commits the foul.
    • 72' Arsenal push forward again. Rosicky slips the ball wide to Van Persie who chips to the far post, but there is no one there to meet it.
    • 71' Szczesny comes a long way to claim it but palms the ball out of the area. Vaughan is caught offside as Sunderland build another attack.
    • 70' Elmohamady wins a corner for Sunderland. Vaughan will send it in.
    • 69' Song wins the ball in midfield and pushs forward. He looks up and tries to pass into Walcott's path, but the winger did not make the run.
    • 68' Arsenal substitution: Andrei Arshavin replaces Gervinho.
    • 67' Sunderland substitution: Ji Dong-Won replaces Larsson.
    • 66' Since 16 October of last year and including today, Robin van Persie has been involved in 28 PL goals (22 goals and six assists). During that span, only Wayne Rooney has been involved in more (29 involvements, 19 goals, 10 assists).
    • 65' Rosicky plays Van Persie into the area and he sees his shot at the near post saved by Mignolet's boot! Gervinho was waiting for the cross but Van Persie went for goal instead.
    • 64' Cattermole sends the free-kick into the Arsenal box from deep, but Szczesny was always favourite to get it and does.
    • 63' Sunderland make a swift move forward and Koscielny blocks Sessegnon cynically. that's another booking, then.
    • 62' It's Walcott who will go for goal here. His curling strike is miles high and wide of the far corner. It might be a while before he takes another free-kick.
    • 61' Sunderland repel the corner with ease but Arsenal come again. Walcott is scythed down by Brown on the edge of the area! sunderland picking up bookings at an alarming rate now.
    • 60' Jenkinson times his run well to get down the by-line and send in a cross. Brown blocks it for a corner.
    • 59' The Spaniard gets his dead-ball strike over the wall, but it keeps on going up and flies into the crowd.
    • 58' Rosicky has been a magnet for fouls in this match. This time he draws one from O'Shea and Arsenal have a free-kick in a great position for a shot. Arteta will take it...
    • 57' Song goes into referee Webb's book for a foul on Elmohamady. Larsson delivers to the far post where John O'Shea heads wide.
    • 56' Arsenal beginning to reassert their first-half dominance now. The 60,000-strong crowd is making itself heard once more.
    • 55' Another Arsenal break, another foul, another booking. This time it's Cattermole who sees a yellow card for a foul on Van Persie.
    • 53' The Arsenal free-kick floats over everyone and into the stand behind Mignolet's goal.
    • 52' Rosicky surges forward through the middle and is only stopped by Vaughan sliding in from behind to foul him. He had no hope of getting the ball there, and gets a deserved booking.
    • 51' Arsenal substitution: Andre Santos replaces Gibbs. Not sure if that is tactical or not, but Elmohamady has had plenty of joy on that flank.
    • 50' Walcott turns in the box and his low cross ricochets off a defender and Mignolet has to palm it clear! No slice of fortune for the Gunners there, who have to make do with a corner.
    • 49' Turner appears to have put in a goodd tackle on Van Perise at the byline, but the officials give a goal kick.
    • 48' Only two sides have conceded more Premier League goals this season than Arsenal’s 17 – Bolton Wanderers (22) and Blackburn Rovers (18).
    • 47' Right away Richardson fouls Jenkinson. Arsenal play it quick and into Van Persie's feet. The Dutchman lays it off for Song to shoot, but the strike doesn't make it through the bodies in the box.
    • 46' Arsneal kick off and get the second half underway! No changes from either manager at the break.
    • 45+2' The whistle goes to end a first-half that has been Arsneal's season in a nutshell.
    • 45+1' GREAT CHANCE FOR COLBACK!! Elmohamady crosses for Larsson at the far post, and the Swede nods down for Colback to volley, but the shot goes over the bar! Had he caught that right then Szczesny would have had a job saving it.
    • 45' Larsson whips it into the area but Arsenal head away both that delivery and the second ball.
    • 44' Mertesacker barges into the bacl of colback, conceding a needless free-kick. It's further out than from where Larsson struck this time.
    • 43' Van Persie's free-kick, as usual, comes to little for Arsenal, and Mignolet soon claims it comfortably.
    • 42' Walcott picks out Jenkinson on the overlap, and the full-back's cross yields another Arsenal corner.
    • 41' Lovely skill in midfield from Rosicky, who turns gracefully not once but twice to evade the attentions of two Sunderland players.
    • 40' Arteta plays the ball square to Jenkinson, whose cross is headed clear before Sunderland win a free-kick.
    • 39' Arsenal take their turn to break, and Cattermole brings down Rosicky. Free-kick to Arsenal.
    • 38' Song goes in hard on Larsson in the Sunderland half and wins the throw. The Black Cats break again through Jack Colback and Elmohamady. Arsenal manage to repel the Egyptian's cross.
    • 37' More nostalgia from Infostrada: Last season, Arsenal were third in the Premier League after eight matchdays, behind Chelsea and Manchester City but ahead of Manchester United.
    • 35' SO CLOSE FOR CATTERMOLE!! Larsson nudges Jenkinson off the ball and sends Sessegnon away. The Benin midfielder draws three defenders to him before chipping the ball across. Cattermole steams in and heads for goal, but Szczesny reacts well to block the effort!
    • 34' Van Persie sends in a poor corner, but Arsenal retain possession. Sunderland step out and manage to push Arsenal back.
    • 33' Jenkinson has to stretch to keep a pass in play, but his effort is rewarded with a corner.
    • 31' Larsson's third goal in eight league appearances for Sunderland has really changed the mood at the Emirates.
    • 30' GOAL!! 1-1!! Larsson whips a delightful free-kick over the wall and into the top corner! Szczesny had no chance with that one! Larsson does not celebrate that cracking strike out of respect for his former club.
    • 29' Sunderland send plenty of men forward for a free-kick. Elmohamady sends it in from deep, and anfter a bout of head tennis they win another within shooting distance. Larsson and Richardson will both fancy this...
    • 28' Arsenal may be playing better than they have all season, and Sunderland perhaps as badly, but it is still only 1-0. Moments like that will give Sunderland hope.
    • 27' Sessegnon beats the offside trap down the left and Szczesny rushes off his line. Sessegnon goes past the keeper but his cut-back into the area is intercepted by Song. The Arsenal midfielder plays the ball to Szczesny, who picks it up, but the referee rules it was not a backpass.
    • 26' A promising Arsenal attack is pulled up for offside against Alex Song, who is wearing short sleeves and gloves on this crisp autumn afternoon.
    • 25' Looks like Vaughan's wound came after an innocuous brush of the hand from Van Persie.
    • 24' Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan is receiving treatment for a cut to the head. Not sure how that happened. Play will continue with the Black Cats down to 10 men for the time being.
    • 23' Gervinho's header back across goal gets past Mignolet, but a defender on the line heads the ball into the keeper's arms.
    • 22' Rosicky sends Gervinho away down the left again. The forward gets to the byline and wins a corner for the Gunners.
    • 21 Koscielny hits a long ball up to Gervinho. The Ivorian skips inside and fires a decent strike over the bar!
    • 21' Sebsatian Larsson is penalised for shoving over Arteta as the pair tussle for the ball in the Arsenal half. A bit harsh of the Sweden midfielder.
    • 20' Van Persie plays it square to Arteta and makes a run into the box. Arteta lifts in the return pass but Van Persie can't get around his marker to complete the training ground routine.
    • 19' Michael Turner fouls Gervinho. It's about 35 yards out, but Van Persie looks as though he fancies the shot...
    • 18' Van Persie is really on one today. He bamboozles the defenders with another great turn, only this time he is crowded out.
    • 17' Elmohamady hoists a high ball into the box, but Mertesacker heads it away from danger.
    • 16' Sunderland's problems are not only in defence. They can barely string two passes together at the moment.
    • 14' Van Persie bearing down on goal again and he strikes fromt he edge of the box... The shot flies wide! Sunderland all at sea here.
    • 13' Tamer Elewa says on Twitter: "I'm hoping park gets to actually play today". Me too. Arsenal need to get the most out of him before he has to do his national service in Korea in two year's time. Park 'must leave Arsenal in two years'
    • 12' VAN PERSIE HITS THE POST!! The Dutchman turns Kieran Richardson with ease on the edge of the box and he chips an exquisite lob over Mignolet's head, but it comes back off the far post! Shades of Eric Cantona's famous chipped effort there. What a goal it would have been.
    • 11' Elmohamady makes a smart run to the near post, but he goes for goal rather than flick the corner on, and it's a goal kick to Arsenal.
    • 10' The second ball from the Arsenal corner leads to Walcott glancing a header on target, but it's an easy claim for Mignolet. The Belgian keeper boots the ball up for Sessegnon, who wins Sunderland their first corner.
    • 9' Quick feet inside the Sunderland box from Gervinho. He tries to pick out Gibbs with a low cross but Wes Brown gets there first. Corner to Sunderland.
    • 8' Mikel Arteta's delivery is missed by everyone in the box, and Sunderland clear the second ball as it comes in from Walcott.
    • 7' Arsenal now dictating the play in midfield. Neat interplay between Gervinho and Theo Walcott, who is impeded. Per Mertesacker comes forward for the free-kick.
    • 5' Not much going on since that opener. Sunderland trying to isolate Kieron Gibbs against Ahmed Elmohamady.
    • 4' Van Persie's goal is the fastest in the Premier League so far this season, beating Norwich’s Anthony Pilkington’s strike after 49 seconds yesterday.
    • 3' Some great shots of bemused looking Arsenal fans who are still taking their seats after Van Perise's early opener. Sunderland already given a touch task.
    • 2' Van Persie took just 27 seconds to score his sixth goal in 11 Arenal appearances this season.
    • 1' GOAL!! 1-0 ARSENAL!! Tomas Rosicky dinks a weighted ball into Gervinho's path. The Ivorian moves forward before squaring a pass to Robin van Persie on the edge of the box, and the Arsenal captain fires a crisp low finish past Simon Mignolet!
    • 1' Sunderland kick off and we're underway!
    • 13:27 The two teams make their way on to the Emirates pitch. We'll be underway once the obligatory handshakes are done with and the coin is tossed. You can share your thoughts on this match by either posting in the comments section below or by getting in touch with me via Twitter - @tony_mabert. Get in touch!
    • 13:24 Today's referee at the Emirates is Howard Webb. The Rotherham official sent off Sunderland's Phil Bardsley in the Wear-Tyne derby win for Newcastle back in August, and was also in the middle for Arsenal's 8-2 mauling at Old Trafford the following weekend, when he gave Jenkinson his marching orders. Not a good omen for either side, then.
    • 13:22 A nice bit of nostalgia courtesy of Infostrada: Steve Bruce was the Sheffield United manager who threatened to take his team off against Arsenal in an FA Cup fifth round match in 1999 after the Gunners infamously broke an unwritten rule and scored from a throw-in which should have been sportingly thrown back to the opposition, resulting in a 2-1 win at Highbury. Arsene Wenger offered the match to be replayed and Arsenal won 2-1 again.
    • 13:19 Head-to-head: Of the 128 previous league meetings between these two sides, Arsenal have won 47, Sunderland 44. Both league meetings last season were drawn – 1-1 at the Stadium of Light and 0-0 at the Emirates. Sunderland have failed to score in their last three league visits to the Emirates. They have not won in their last 12 league visits in total since a 2-1 victory at Highbury in November 1983.
    • 13:16 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes he can build his new-look defence around Per Mertesacker: "He is a little bit like that (Tony Adams). Not the quickest but he uses his brain well. Mertesacker is getting stronger in every single game. He is getting more aggressive. I like him personally. He's a very intelligent player and will be a big asset for us. I think Mertesacker can be a talker. Trust the Germans, he is a fighter."
    • 13:12 The Black Cats are hovering above the relegation zone, and they have won just one of their seven league games thus far, but Bruce remains defiant: "I think a lot of the criticism has been unjust and unfair. But that is what the North East is. We lost against Newcastle and that is where it started. And I haven’t been able to quell the fire ­because the results haven’t been there for us. But we must have done something right last season becuase we finished 10th."
    • 13:08 Despite haivng Ji Dong-Won and Connor Wickham on the bench, Sunderland manager Steve Bruce starts with nominal midfielder Stephane Sessegnon as the man leading the line. How Bruce must miss the departed Asamoah Gyan. Former Arsenal midfielder Sebastian Larsson also starts. Sunderland team page
    • 13:05 So Arsenal have centre-back Laurent Koscielny back in the side following the injury that ruled him out of the defeat at Tottenham, meaning Alex Song can move back up into midfield. Carl Jenkinson replaces the injured Sagna at right-back. Young tyro Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is not in the matchday squad. Arsenal team page
    • 13:00 Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Song, Arteta, Rosicky, Walcott, Gervinho, Van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Andre Santos, Djourou, Frimpong, Arshavin, Benayoun, Park /// Sunderland: Mignolet, O'Shea, Richardson, Turner, Brown, Elmohamady, Larsson, Cattermole, Colback, Vaughan, Sessegnon. Subs: Gardner, Dong-won, Meyler, Westwood, Wickham, McClean, Laing.
    • 12:55 We are still awaiting offical confirmation of the teams, but we already know that Bacary Sagna's ankle injury sustained against Tottenham means he has joined Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby and Thomas Vermaelenon on the injury list for Arsenal. For Sunderland, striker Nicklas Bendtner is unavailable under the terms of his loan from the Gunners, Phil Bardsley and Titus Bramble are both suspended while Craig Gordon and Fraizer Campbell remain long-term absentees.
    • 12:50 It has been a pretty miserable start to the season for both these sides, and they each go into this match sitting bottom six of the table. Wins for either side would send them up to the dizzy heights of 10th. Premier League table
    • 12:45 Welcome to live coverage of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 83' GOAL!! 2-1 ARSENAL!! Van Persie curls his excellent free-kick over the wall and right into the near top corner! The Gunners captain rescues his team!
    • 74' ARSHAVIN!! The Russian almost scores a memorable goal when he slaloms his way through three defenders inside the box but his strike flashes past the foot of the far post!
    • 65' Rosicky plays Van Persie into the area and he sees his shot at the near post saved by Mignolet's boot! Gervinho was waiting for the cross but Van Persie went for goal instead.
    • 50' Walcott turns in the box and his low cross ricochets off a defender and Mignolet has to palm it clear! No slice of fortune for the Gunners there, who have to make do with a corner.
    • 45+1' GREAT CHANCE FOR COLBACK!! Elmohamady crosses for Larsson at the far post, and the Swede nods down for Colback to volley, but the shot goes over the bar! Had he caught that right then Szczesny would have had a job saving it.
    • 35' SO CLOSE FOR CATTERMOLE!! Larsson nudges Jenkinson off the ball and sends Sessegnon away. The Benin midfielder draws three defenders to him before chipping the ball across. Cattermole steams in and heads for goal, but Szczesny reacts well to block the effort!
    • 30' GOAL!! 1-1!! Larsson whips a delightful free-kick over the wall and into the top corner! Szczesny had no chance with that one! Larsson does not celebrate that cracking strike out of respect for his former club.
    • 27' Sessegnon beats the offside trap down the left and Szczesny rushes off his line. Sessegnon goes past the keeper but his cut-back into the area is intercepted by Song. The Arsenal midfielder plays the ball to Szczesny, who picks it up, but the referee rules it was not a backpass.
    • 21 Koscielny hits a long ball up to Gervinho. The Ivorian skips inside and fires a decent strike over the bar!
    • 14' Van Persie bearing down on goal again and he strikes fromt he edge of the box... The shot flies wide! Sunderland all at sea here.
    • 12' VAN PERSIE HITS THE POST!! The Dutchman turns Kieran Richardson with ease on the edge of the box and he chips an exquisite lob over Mignolet's head, but it comes back off the far post! Shades of Eric Cantona's famous chipped effort there. What a goal it would have been.
    • 1' GOAL!! 1-0 ARSENAL!! Tomas Rosicky dinks a weighted ball into Gervinho's path. The Ivorian moves forward before squaring a pass to Robin van Persie on the edge of the box, and the Arsenal captain fires a crisp low finish past Simon Mignolet!
    • 13:00 Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Song, Arteta, Rosicky, Walcott, Gervinho, Van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Andre Santos, Djourou, Frimpong, Arshavin, Benayoun, Park /// Sunderland: Mignolet, O'Shea, Richardson, Turner, Brown, Elmohamady, Larsson, Cattermole, Colback, Vaughan, Sessegnon. Subs: Gardner, Dong-won, Meyler, Westwood, Wickham, McClean, Laing.

Team Line-up & Ratings

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6.9 6
      Defenders
      5.6 5
      6.5 6
      Yellow Card 6.2 6
      Substitution Out50′ 5.8 5
      Midfielders
      Yellow Card 6.5 6
      Substitution Out77′ 6.4 7
      7 6
      Strikers
      6.5 6
      Substitution Out68′ 6.6 7
      Goals ×2 Yellow Card 8 8
      Subs
      Substitution In77′ 6.9 6
      Substitution In68′ 6.9 6
      Substitution In50′ 5.7 5
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      4.5 6
      Defenders
      4.4 6
      4.7 5
      Yellow Card 5.4 5
      4.6 5
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out87′ 4.8 6
      4.6 5
      4.9 7
      Yellow Card 4.8 6
      Goal Yellow Card Substitution Out67′ 6.1 7
      Strikers
      Substitution Out79′ 5.2 7
      Subs
      Substitution In87′ 3.9 6
      Substitution In79′ 4.6 6
      Substitution In67′ 5.2 6

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