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Sunderland 1 Arsenal 4

October 30, 2016

The following article was written by my 15-year-old Son. It is his wish to go into Journalism as a career and he has taken over this blog  as a learning curve. Should you have any comments please do feel free to leave constructive criticism and maybe even a bit of advice that may assist him going forward.

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Sunderland 1-4 Arsenal

Team Selection

Arsène Wenger made two changes from the last league match against Middlesbrough, with Oxlade-Chamberlain replacing Walcott and Gibbs coming in at left back for Nacho Monreal. Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud also returned to the squad and were on the bench.

First Half

Arsenal knew a good win in this early kick off would send them top of the Premier League. The team started well and, after twenty minutes, took the lead when a move made up of 21 passes lead to a superb cross from Oxlade-Chamberlain which was headed home superbly by Sanchez to put Arsenal 1-0 up. All Sunderland looked to be offering was rotational fouling.

If Sunderland were to get anything out of the game they would have needed to open up a bit more and van Aanholt went close from a free kick. Oxlade-Chamberlain played a nice long ball over the Sunderland defence into the path of Ozil whose chip was comfortably saved by Pickford. Arsenal, as they tend to do then strolled to the half-time whistle with most of the possession yet not much threat to the Sunderland goal.

Second Half

Arsenal came and carried on strolling around as if waiting for something to happen rather than forcing something to happen.  Far too many passes that went from the half way line, around the box and ended up back at the half way line.

At 1-0 a game is never safe and this proved the case shortly after Arsenal had a fair shout for penalty turned down, as Whatmore was then deemed to have been fouled by Cech as he rounded the Arsenal keeper after some poor defending from Mustafi let him clean through on goal.

The penalty was converted by Defoe. However, this looked to have given Arsenal a wake up call they needed and five minutes after the equaliser, substitute on the day Giroud turned home a good cross from Kieran Gibbs to restore Arsenal’s lead. Five minutes later with only his second touch of the game. Giroud then scored again with and impressive flick on from a corner to give Arsenal some breathing space late in the game.

Alexis then wrapped the game up for the Gunners after Gibbs had stuck the post, rebounded to Ramseywhose unintentional pass, Fell to the Arsenal forward who turned, took one touch and flicked the ball, cool as you like past Pickford from close range.

In the end it was an easy win from Arsenal which kept them joint top of the Premier league on Saturday evening alongside Manchester City and Liverpool who also scored four each.

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