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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