A brace each from Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud gave Arsenal a 4-1 victory over Sunderland in the early kick off on Saturday. Just like Arsenal, the other two teams at the top of the table scored 4 goals each in their weekend games. Liverpool were 4-2 winners at Crystal Palace and Manchester City halted a 6 match win-less run with a 4-0 win at Westbrom.
There were injury concerns for Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal which made way for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keiran Gibbs respectively. They both made their makes in the game with an assist each – Ox to Sanchez for the opener and Gibbs to Giroud to pull Arsenal 2-1 up. Cazorla couldn’t make the team, El Neny had to continue with Coquelin in the middle of the pack.
There were 21 passes leading to Sanchez’s superb header as the Gunners went ahead in the 19th minutes. Ozil and Coquelin missed opportunities to double the advantage as the Black Cats kept raking in yellow cards. Iwobi had a couple of chances but they went flying over the bar. It is high time the Nigerian gets a scoring boots on.
The second half didn’t go exactly as planned for the Gunners. Sanchez was tripped in the Cats’ box but Martin Atkinson waved play on. Minutes later, Sunderland were awarded a penalty after Cech brought down Watmore. Mustafi mishandled a ball and Watmore stole away. Defoe scored the resulting spot kick and you could feel the vibration from the Stadium of Light in anticipation of a completed comeback.
Their joy was short lived with the introduction of Olivier Giroud for tired Alex Iwobi. The Frenchman converted Gibbs’ low cross in the 71st minute to put Arsenal 2-1 up with his first touch. 5 minutes later, his grabbed a brace with his only his second touch of the game to make it 3-1 from Ozil’s corner – a first assist for the German this season in the League. There is no better way to come back to the team other than with a bang. Relief for the beard-gang general.
Sanchez still had juice left for him to add a 4th for Arsenal in the 78th minute after Ramsey’s shot was blocked. The Black Cats were blown away within 7 minutes. Three goals in 7 minutes, give it up to Arsene Wenger. There was even a room to feature young Maitland-Niles.
Somewhere in Manchester, the fans are begging to have the Black Cats manager back. Some are begging for LVG to return because the Expensive One is taking them back to the stone age and was even sent off. Heaton was the man of the match as he kept the expensive United side at bay. Dear Zlatan, welcome to the Premier League.
Do you need a brace? Dial Arsenal.
Time to fly to Bulgaria.