Saturday February 9, 2013 Day 26 Finished Stadium of Light

  1. Premier League - Cazorla on target as Arsenal beat Sunderland

    Premier League - Cazorla on target as Arsenal beat Sunderland

    A Santi Cazorla-inspired Arsenal beat Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light despite losing Carl Jenkinson to a red card. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Sunderland
    • Arsenal
    • - 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' FULL TIME. A dramatic, breathless encounter ends in a 1-0 win to Arsenal thanks to Cazorla's first-half effort. Sunderland threw everything at the visitors towards the end.
    • 90+5' Mignolet comes up and almost gets his head to the ball!
    • 90+4' Now Cazorla lashes a ball over the bar as another Arsenal chance goes wasted. A corner to Sunderland.
    • 90+3' Stupid from Giroud. He has Cazorla in space to his left but tries to score himself and fires it over the bar, giving the ball back to Sunderland.
    • 90+2' Szczesny with another fine save, this time to deny Johnson!
    • 90+1' We will have four added minutes.
    • 90' Another goalmouth scramble but again Arsenal do enough to hold firm. This is getting incredibly tense now.
    • 89' A nice cross from Ramsey forces Bramble into an emergency clearance over his own bar.
    • 87' Ignasi Miquel replaces Walcott to shore up the Arsenal defence.
    • 86' WHAT A MISS! The corner comes in and after Arsenal fail to get the ball clear it drops to Bramble, five yards from goal. Somehow he turns the ball wide though!
    • 85' WHAT A SAVE! Sunderland keep throwing the ball into the box and when Bramble heads it forward Fletcher angles his own header under the bar. However, Szczesny flings out an arm to tip it over!
    • 84' Larsson pulls the free-kick short but Arsenal clear. Sunderland put it back in but Sagna intervenes with a fantastic clearing challenge.
    • 83' Walcott's turn to be booked as he trips Sessegnon on the Sunderland left.
    • 81' Here comes the change as Rose is replaced by David Vaughan.
    • 79' Great clearing header from Mertesacker as he keeps out a cross from the left from Rose, who has now pulled up with a hamstring injury.
    • 78' FANTASTIC SAVE! Fletcher is through on goal but his drive is repelled by Szczesny!
    • 76' Colback is booked for a clumsy challenge on Giroud that has the striker wincing in pain.
    • 75' ARSENAL HIT THE POST! A fantastic move from the visitors as Cazorla plays in a gorgeous pass for Walcott. He dinks his effort past Mignolet but the ball strikes the base of the far post.
    • 74' The ball pops up perfectly for Cazorla following a pass from the right but he gets under his volely as it flies over the bar.
    • 73' Sunderland turn the pressure up again as Arsenal head away from a corner. The visitors are under siege now.
    • 72' Now Szczesny is guilty of a poor moment as he flaps at a ball from the right. Arsenal go unpunished though.
    • 71' Fantastic work from Sessegnon as he cuts in from the left but after feeding the ball to Colback then getting it back, he gets his cross all wrong just when Arsenal looked at his mercy.
    • 70' Chance for Arsenal! Diaby waits for Monreal to overlap then plays in the Spaniard. Monreal could shoot from a tight angle but returns the ball and Diaby, not expecting it back, produces a weak effort.
    • 69' N'Diaye replaced by Danny Graham, who gets a good reception on his home debut from fans who booed him only a couple of weeks ago when he visited with Swansea.
    • 67' The ball is in the net from John O'Shea but Fletcher had already been penalised for offside when heading down a cross.
    • 66' Larsson has gone into the book. Not sure why.
    • 65' Giroud collects a pass from Walcott and opens up his body, only to guide his curling effort high and wide.
    • 64' Rose catches Walcott in the mouth with his arm when tussling for the ball and both men go to ground. It's nothing really, and we continue.
    • 63' Now Bramble is cautioned for a foul on Cazorla to halt an Arsenal break.
    • 62' RED CARD! Jenkinson is shown a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Sessegnon. No arguments there.
    • 61' Nice touch from Diaby to play Cazorla in to the left and his fizzing effort goes narrowly wide. Another chance passes Arsenal by.
    • 60' That should be a wake-up call for Arsenal. They have dominated for long spells but could be opened up at any moment. They need a second goal.
    • 58' HUGE CHANCE FOR SUNDERLAND! The home side spring a quick break and find themselves three on two after a mistake from Ramsey. Sessegnon draws Sagna and then plays in Fletcher, who lashes his shot wide. Had to do better.
    • 57' Stat from Opta: "Sunderland’s Danny Rose scored his one and only Premier League goal with a tremendous volley on his Premier League debut against Arsenal while playing for Tottenham."
    • 56' Giroud rifles a shot just wide of the far post after proving influential in the build-up to. Arsenal really should be out of sight by now.
    • 55' Both men appear fine to continue though, which will come as a relief for Arsenal.
    • 54' Now Arteta is down injured too! He collided with Larsson. Arsenal's midfield looks like a scene from Casualty.
    • 53' Oh dear. Now Ramsey appears to be hurt. He got a stamp to the ankle from Larsson and is hobbling around.
    • 52' Larsson delivers a deep cross to the back post and Mertesacker heads behind for a corner. Safety first.
    • 51' Cazorla dinks in the free-kick but can't find Diaby at the back post.
    • 50' Wilshere will be coming off, disappointingly, as he has had a fantastic game. Abou Diaby comes on in his place.
    • 49' Wilshere pokes the ball to Giroud and then wants the return, only to be brought down by N'Diaye. He looks hurt and requires treatment.
    • 48' Walcott dinks a pass up to Giroud but the striker can't quite turn it back into the winger's path.
    • 47' Sunderland threaten straight away as Sessegnon cuts inside Monreal and goes to ground under minimal contact. No penalty.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • - Sunderland are making a change at the break as Seb Larsson replaces Cattermole, who was on a booking and looked tired.
    • - Will Arsenal go on to win this or will Sunderland get something from the game? Let me know on Twitter. Follow Tom Adams (tomEurosport) on Twitter
    • 45+2' HALF TIME. Cazorla's goal the difference between the two sides but Arsenal have been playing some fantastic stuff.
    • 45+1' HUGE CHANCE! Ramsey denied from close range by a fine stop from Mignolet! The midfielder absolutel had to score that.
    • 45' Some of Arsenal's passing is a joy to watch today. They have really clicked. However, Giroud is having a poor game at the sharp end of the attack.
    • 44' The ball pops up nicely for Walcott after a Ramsey cross is cleared to him but his shot is far too weak as it settles in the gloves of Mignolet.
    • 43' Arsenal go close! Nice approach play from Arsenal again and after Monreal wins the ball, Giroud lays it off to Walcott, who drills his shot just wide of the post.
    • 41' Szczesny claims the ball under pressure from Fletcher after Rose gets forward well on the left and delivers a teasing cross.
    • 40' Bramble clears from the subsequent corner as Sunderland hold firm.
    • 39' More nice one-touch stuff from Arsenal as Wilshere puts in a teasing ball that Danny Rose puts behind for a corner.
    • 38' Stat from Opta: "There have been fewer goals scored at the Stadium of Light than at any other Premier League ground (26), in contrast to the most being netted at Arsenal’s Stadium the Emirates (51)."
    • 36' Arsenal have been threatening to do that for most of the first half but Cazorla gave them the clinical edge they required. It was a great finish as it pinged off his boot.
    • 35' GOAL! Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal! Cazorla puts the Gunners in front with a thumping low finish through a crowd of players. Walcott laid the ball off following good work from Wilshere.
    • 34' Stat from Opta: "Arsenal have won 10 and lost just one of their last 18 Premier League games against Sunderland, but they did lose in last season’s FA Cup against the Wearsiders at the Stadium of Light."
    • 32' Good save! Wilshere slips in Ramsey and the midfielder pulls the trigger with a firm drive that takes a deflection and appears to be heading inside the far post. However, Mignolet dives full stretch to keep it out. Fantastic stop.
    • 31' Now Craig Gardner is guilty of a woeful cross just seconds after N'Diaye produces a gorgeous, Zidane-esque spin. This is a funny game.
    • 30' Wilshere and Giroud both with errors in the final third. Both teams need to be sharper in and around the box.
    • 28' Cazorla goes wide for Monreal and he feeds Ramsey but the cross is weak. Arsenal starting to gain more control over the game now.
    • 27' Adam Johnson advances down the left but his cross is over-cooked and lands safely in the Arsenal box.
    • 26' Wilshere v Cattermole is a great battle today.
    • 25' A bad-tempered contest continues as Cattermole hurts Cazorla when connecting with the Spaniard while trying to run past him. Wilshere doesn't like it.
    • 24' Nice work from Giroud as he tries to spread the ball wide to Walcott, but the winger, popping up on the left, can't get control of the ball.
    • 23' Stat from Opta: "The Gunners have lost just one of their last nine trips to the north east in the Premier League (W3 D5 L1)."
    • 22' Sessegnon takes aim from 30 yards and sends a woeful effort high into the stands.
    • 21' Now the influential Wilshere tries to set Walcott free with the outside of his left boot but he doesn't execute the pass properly and it is cut out.
    • 20' Arsenal construct a lovely one-touch move with Wilshere threading it all together. But the crucial pass is not read by Walcott as Sunderland mop up.
    • 19' It has been a rather hectic start to the match here in Sunderland. Perhaps it will settle down a bit.
    • 18' Wilshere plays in Giroud with a lovely pass but he drags his shot inches past the far post. The French striker should have hit the target.
    • 17' Fletcher tries to catch Szczesny napping with a header from a quick free-kick but it doesn't quite come off.
    • 17' Now Walcott thunders forward down the left but his ball through for Wilshere in the box is poor.
    • 16' Nice work from Stephane Sessegnon as he dives past Nacho Monreal to cause havoc in the box, but Sunderland can't get a clean shot away.
    • 15' Wilshere and Cazorla combine neatly but when the ball find Giroud his touch is less sure and the move breaks down.
    • 13' Jenkinson, already on a booking, commits another foul as he just catches Steven Taylor. Looks like him and Cattermole are on a bet to see who can get sent of first.
    • 12' Stat from Opta: "Sunderland have won just one game against a team in the top half of the table this season (W1 D5 L7)."
    • 11' It's been a full-blooded start to the game with tackles flying in all over the place. Arsenal were unhappy with challenges from N'Diaye and Titus Bramble but they got the ball.
    • 9' The free-kick comes into the box by Wojciech Szczesny plucks the ball out of the air.
    • 8' Jenkinson brings down Jack Colback in rather clumsy fashion and earns a booking.
    • 6' Cattermole has been pulled up for another foul. He needs to watch himself here.
    • 5' Now Walcott squares for Olivier Giroud and races through, expecting the return. The striker digs out a pass but puts too much on it.
    • 4' Another chance for Walcott! This time he finds space to the right of the box and from a tight angle blasts a shot down the throat of Mignolet, who saves with his palms. A fine start from Arsenal and their forward.
    • 3' Cattermole went into the book for that poor challenge on Ramsey. A booking after two minutes, would you believe.
    • 2' Quick start from Sunderland as they pump a cross into the box for Alfred Ndiaye but he can't connect properly with the ball.
    • 2' Quick start from Sunderland as they pump a cross into the box for Alfred Ndiaye but he can't connect properly with the ball.
    • 2' Just to confirm, Sagna is starting at centre-back with Jenkinson stationed out on the right.
    • 1' KICK OFF! Arsenal attacking right to left in their nasty yellow third kit.
    • - BREAKING NEWS - Koscielny has re-injured his calf in the warm-up! So Jenkinson is drafted into the XI, with - one assumes - Sagna to play centre-back. Possibly a disaster for Arsenal, who loaned Johan Djourou out to Hannover remember.
    • 14:55 William Hill have the odds for this match at Sunderland 10/3, Arsenal 17/20 and the draw 12/5. If you want to get in touch with our commentator for this match with predictions and such, you can find him on Twitter @tomEurosport. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 14:50 FACTS: There have been fewer goals scored at the Stadium of Light than at any other Premier League ground (26), in contrast to the most being netted at Arsenal’s Stadium the Emirates (51). Sunderland have won just one game against a team in the top half of the table this season (W1 D5 L7).
    • 14:45 FACTS: Arsenal have won 10 and lost just one of their last 18 Premier League games against Sunderland, but they did lose in last season’s FA Cup against the Wearsiders at the Stadium of Light. The Gunners have lost just one of their last nine trips to the North East in the Premier League (W3 D5 L1).
    • 14:40 Arsene Wenger on Jack Wilshere: "You do not want to set any limit on the development of any player, especially when he plays at that level at his age. The most important thing for me will be to keep his passion for the game, and keep the attitude of wanting to become a better player. If he keeps these two ingredients that are not always easy, he can of course become a fantastic player. He is already one, but he can become one of the best in the world, yes."
    • 14:35 Martin O'Neill: "We had a rather stodgy game against Swansea and then I was hoping we could put that out of our minds and go on to win at Reading. A draw would have been a fair enough result but we were very disappointed to lose the game late on. It's important to try to get back to winning ways because we had been on a good run. Arsenal have seen the emergence of one or two younger players and, especially going forward, they are absolutely excellent. I think they're a fine side."
    • 14:30 Kieran Gibbs (thigh) and Thomas Vermaelen (ankle) are out, so Nacho Monreal and Laurent Koscielny - who has been rushed back from a calf injury - start in defence. Lukas Podolski is on the bench with Theo Walcott partnering Olivier Giroud up front. Still no Gervinho, who is back from African Cup of Nations duty but not ready.
    • 14:25 The match comes too soon for James McClean (ankle), but skipper Lee Cattermole does return from a knee injury to start. Carlos Cuellar is back from a hamstring problem but he stays on the bench.
    • 14:20 TEAMS - Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, Bramble, O'Shea, N'Diaye, Cattermole, Colback, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher; Subs: Westwood, Cuellar, Bardsley, Vaughan, Mangane, Larsson, Graham /// Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Monreal, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud; Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Miquel, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Sunderland and Arsenal at the Stadium of Light.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' Szczesny with another fine save, this time to deny Johnson!
    • 86' WHAT A MISS! The corner comes in and after Arsenal fail to get the ball clear it drops to Bramble, five yards from goal. Somehow he turns the ball wide though!
    • 85' WHAT A SAVE! Sunderland keep throwing the ball into the box and when Bramble heads it forward Fletcher angles his own header under the bar. However, Szczesny flings out an arm to tip it over!
    • 78' FANTASTIC SAVE! Fletcher is through on goal but his drive is repelled by Szczesny!
    • 75' ARSENAL HIT THE POST! A fantastic move from the visitors as Cazorla plays in a gorgeous pass for Walcott. He dinks his effort past Mignolet but the ball strikes the base of the far post.
    • 74' The ball pops up perfectly for Cazorla following a pass from the right but he gets under his volely as it flies over the bar.
    • 71' Fantastic work from Sessegnon as he cuts in from the left but after feeding the ball to Colback then getting it back, he gets his cross all wrong just when Arsenal looked at his mercy.
    • 70' Chance for Arsenal! Diaby waits for Monreal to overlap then plays in the Spaniard. Monreal could shoot from a tight angle but returns the ball and Diaby, not expecting it back, produces a weak effort.
    • 62' RED CARD! Jenkinson is shown a second yellow card for a rash challenge on Sessegnon. No arguments there.
    • 61' Nice touch from Diaby to play Cazorla in to the left and his fizzing effort goes narrowly wide. Another chance passes Arsenal by.
    • 58' HUGE CHANCE FOR SUNDERLAND! The home side spring a quick break and find themselves three on two after a mistake from Ramsey. Sessegnon draws Sagna and then plays in Fletcher, who lashes his shot wide. Had to do better.
    • 56' Giroud rifles a shot just wide of the far post after proving influential in the build-up to. Arsenal really should be out of sight by now.
    • 45+1' HUGE CHANCE! Ramsey denied from close range by a fine stop from Mignolet! The midfielder absolutel had to score that.
    • 43' Arsenal go close! Nice approach play from Arsenal again and after Monreal wins the ball, Giroud lays it off to Walcott, who drills his shot just wide of the post.
    • 35' GOAL! Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal! Cazorla puts the Gunners in front with a thumping low finish through a crowd of players. Walcott laid the ball off following good work from Wilshere.
    • 32' Good save! Wilshere slips in Ramsey and the midfielder pulls the trigger with a firm drive that takes a deflection and appears to be heading inside the far post. However, Mignolet dives full stretch to keep it out. Fantastic stop.
    • 18' Wilshere plays in Giroud with a lovely pass but he drags his shot inches past the far post. The French striker should have hit the target.
    • 4' Another chance for Walcott! This time he finds space to the right of the box and from a tight angle blasts a shot down the throat of Mignolet, who saves with his palms. A fine start from Arsenal and their forward.
    • 2' Quick start from Sunderland as they pump a cross into the box for Alfred Ndiaye but he can't connect properly with the ball.
    • - BREAKING NEWS - Koscielny has re-injured his calf in the warm-up! So Jenkinson is drafted into the XI, with - one assumes - Sagna to play centre-back. Possibly a disaster for Arsenal, who loaned Johan Djourou out to Hannover remember.
    • 14:20 TEAMS - Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, Bramble, O'Shea, N'Diaye, Cattermole, Colback, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher; Subs: Westwood, Cuellar, Bardsley, Vaughan, Mangane, Larsson, Graham /// Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Monreal, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud; Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Miquel, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski
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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      5.6 8
      Defenders
      3.8 6
      4 6
      4.3 6
      Substitution Out82′ 4.2 6
      Midfielders
      Yellow Card Substitution Out45′ 3.4 6
      Yellow Card 3.9 5
      4.6 7
      Substitution Out68′ 4.2 6
      4.1 6
      Strikers
      4.4 6
      Subs
      Substitution In68′ 3.6 6
      Substitution In45′ Yellow Card 4.4 6
      Substitution In82′ 3.9 6
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      7.6 8
      Defenders
      Red Card 4.6 5
      6.6 9
      6.7 8
      7 6
      Midfielders
      6.7 6
      Substitution Out50′ 7.3 7
      Yellow Card Substitution Out87′ 6.8 7
      6.1 6
      Goal 8 8
      Strikers
      5.7 5
      Subs
      Substitution In50′ 6.1 6
      Substitution In87′ 5.5 -

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  1. The score does not do Arsenal justice. Their­ improvement as a ( team ) is noticeable. With a little­ bit of luck it could have been 3 or 4 goals. We,re­ still on track for Europe. COME ON YOU GUNNERS.

    From ALBERT, on Sun 10 Feb 19:13
  2. Arsenal is = Mertesacker + Podolski !!!!

    From New, on Sun 10 Feb 4:25
  3. Blobby and Cameron, I take it you were at the game­ today ! SAFC infatuates !

    From Joseph, on Sat 9 Feb 22:10
  4. mark is a magpie troll as much use as a troll.

    From no-one-is-no-one, on Sat 9 Feb 17:50
  5. Mackemloser you are obviously a Geordie troll. Are you­ trying to kid someone??

    From Mark, on Sat 9 Feb 17:36
  6. Should put transfer window for­ referee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From AB, on Sat 9 Feb 17:12
  7. For why Vermaelen play not?

    From , on Sat 9 Feb 17:10
  8. Unlucky Theo but good assist... Game definitely changed­ when Jack went off but a very good display of team­ defense while being short a player.

    From Jonny, on Sat 9 Feb 17:01
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    ABU BABA BABOON.what he is doing?J.wilshere and walcott­ out ARSENAL IS WEAK.this is fact.

    From AB, on Sat 9 Feb 17:01
  10. Well done Arsenal.

    From Cards Fan, on Sat 9 Feb 16:57
  11. Bob, i will disagree. Arsenal should've murdered­ you. You only got back into it once they were down to­ ten men.

    From cameron, on Sat 9 Feb 16:56
  12. Come on Arsenal. Get another goal against these­ lowlifes.

    From Cards Fan, on Sat 9 Feb 16:56
  13. Thank you Arsenal!!!! Defence and Szesny were­ brilliant today. Strikers sleeping (

    From Roxana, on Sat 9 Feb 16:55
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    unfortunate!! A draw would have been fair at the­ end---what say you Jonny? Or are you so unsporting as­ to disagree?

    From Bob P, on Sat 9 Feb 16:55
  15. We're nearly over the line here ;-)

    From SHAUN, on Sat 9 Feb 16:54
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    time to score Sunderland.

    From TREVOR, on Sat 9 Feb 16:47
  17. Miquel on and Walcott off means let us defend with our­ lives. Come on Arsenal. You can hold on!

    From Osas Mike, on Sat 9 Feb 16:45
  18. Szczesny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a save!

    From Osas Mike, on Sat 9 Feb 16:43
  19. Arsene, pls bring on Podolski. We need more fire up­ front to reduce Sunderland's threat

    From Osas Mike, on Sat 9 Feb 16:41
  20. For the ,love of me,i can never understand mon.he pays­ 5 million for a striker,and leaves him on the­ bench,brings a centre half in on loan,sits him on the­ bench,persist with Bramble,who is always likely to make­ mistakes,Persists with the octupus Colbeck,who,s arm­ are always wrapped around opponents,Brings back­ Cattermole who clearly is not match fit,and quote MON­ on the right back position,Phill Bardsley is my number­ one right back,sits him on the bench,persists playing­ one up front at home,about time he had a good look at­ his tactics,i said after the Wigan game it would be a­ long hard season,so come on,give us something to cheer­ about.

    From Raymond, on Sat 9 Feb 16:41
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