Ozil impresses on debut but Ramsey takes plaudits at Sunderland

Sunderland 1 - 3 Arsenal

  • 11" Olivier Giroud
  • 48" Craig Gardner (pen)
  • 67" Aaron Ramsey
  • 76" Aaron Ramsey

Ref: Martin Atkinson
Attendance: 39,055

Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal have won 3-1 at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland.

Arsenal made hard-work of what was a comfortable performance against Sunderland on Wearside this afternoon.

The Gunners should have put the game out of sight in the first half - with chances wasted. They did however go into the half 1-0 up thanks to current goal-machine Olivier Giroud. The French international scored once again but it acted as a mere supporting act to the assist. Mesut Ozil laid the ball on for Giroud - much to the delight of Arsenal's travelling faithful.

And Modibo Diakite of Sunderland, who seemed to want to swap shirts with the German at half-time.

But a silly challenge from Laurent Koscielny in the second half gifted Sunderland a route back into the game - and Craig Gardner did what he does best from 12 yards - giving Sunderland an equaliser.

But then it was the Aaron Ramsey show. He scored a volleyed finish and then added a second in pure Arsenal style to complete the win.

However the game could have turned on a goal disallowed from Jozy Altidore - when advantage should have been played - which left Paolo Di Canio furious.

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Statistics

Sunderland

Arsenal

Possession

30.6%
69.4%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Sunderland

  • Keiren Westwood
  • Modibo Diakité
  • Jack Colback
  • Valentin Roberge
  • Ondrej Celustka
  • David Vaughan
  • Charalampos Mavrias
  • Adam Johnson
  • Ki Sung-Yueng
  • Steven Fletcher
  • Jozy Altidore

Substitutes

  • Sebastian Larsson
  • Connor Wickham
  • Craig Gardner
  • Carlos Cuéllar
  • Vito Mannone
  • Wes Brown
  • Fabio Borini

Arsenal

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Carl Jenkinson
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Mesut Özil
  • Theo Walcott
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Mathieu Flamini
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Olivier Giroud

Substitutes

  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Emmanuel Frimpong
  • Chuba Akpom
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Serge Gnabry
  • Ryo Miyaichi

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