UK time is: 20:57:17
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Sunderland 1-2 Arsenal

SUNDERLAND WERE left pointless again after a stunning Robin Van Persie brace handed Arsenal a much-needed win.

Van Persie handed the Gunners the lead inside 30 seconds before Arsenal old-boy, Seb Larsson levelled. Van Persie handed his side all three points with a sublime free-kick.

With Nicklas Bendtner ineligible thanks to Premier League rules, Stephane Sessegnon was selected as the lone-forward allowing Jack Colback to come back into midfield.

Arsene Wenger re-called young right-back Carl Jenkinson with Francis Coquelin dropping out altogether from the side that was beaten at Spurs.

Sunderland made the worst possible start after less than 30 seconds when they allowed Van Persie to rifle home from 20 yards after Gervinho`s penetrative run down the left-hand side. The goal was Arsenal`s quickest in the Premier League era.

Van Persie nearly doubled the lead shortly after when Gervinho again made hay down the left firing in a low cross for Simon Mignolet to block.

Mignolet had the post to thank for preventing an inch-perfect Van Persie lob as Arsenal cranked up the pressure. Allowed to turn Kieran Richardson all too easy, the Gunners skipper floated a deft chip over the Belgian and against the inside of the far-post.

Clearly on a one-man mission, Van Persie came close yet again for the third time in 14 minutes as he lashed a left-footed effort just wide of the right-hand post from 20 yards.

Lee Cattermole could`ve levelled when Sessegnon drew Wojiech Szczesney off his line but the Benin international`s pull-back was poor.

Sunderland did equalised after 31 minutes when former Arsenal winger Larsson whipped an inch-perfect free kick beyond the Pole and straight into the top right-hand corner.

Sczcesny spared any Arsenal blushes shortly after when he blocked a point-black-range header from Larsson at the far post.

Half-time: 1-1

Following a Wes Brown foul just outside the penalty area, Van Persie planted a free-kick to rival Larsson`s into the left-hand corner of Mignolet`s net to re-establish the home side`s lead.

Sunderland briefly thought they`d levelled when sub Ji Don Won turned home bu the South Korean had been flagged offside from fellow substitute Connor Wickham`s pass.

Arsenal: Szczesny; Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs (Santos); Song, Arteta, Rosicky (Benayoun); Walcott, van Persie, Gervinho (Arshavin).

Subs not used: Fabianski, Park, Djourou & Frimpong.

Sunderland: Mignolet; O'Shea, Turner, Brown, Richardson; Elmohamady, Vaughan, Colback, Cattermole (c) (Gardner), Larsson (Ji); Sessegnon (Wickham).

Subs not used: Westwood (gk); Meyler, McClean & Laing.

Referee:Mr H Webb

Attendance: 60 078




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: safc123 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 16 2011

Time: 10:48PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

Koeman In Shock After Sunderland Rout. (Saturday October 18 2014)

Sunderland Steam-Rollered By Southampton (Saturday October 18 2014)

Stats: Southampton v Sunderland (Saturday October 18 2014)

Southampton vs Sunderland: Team News (Saturday October 18 2014)

Black Cats Face Southampton. (Friday October 17 2014)

Brown Praises Vergini. (Thursday October 16 2014)

O'Shea Very Pleased With Late Goal. (Wednesday October 15 2014)

Jozy Demands More Games (Friday October 10 2014)

Archived Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

List All Vital Sunderland Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. WBA 8 2 3 3 -1 9
15. Leicester City 8 2 3 3 -2 9
16. Crystal Palace 8 2 2 4 -3 8
17. Sunderland 8 1 5 2 -7 8
18. Newcastle 8 1 4 3 -6 7
19. Burnley 8 0 4 4 -9 4
20. Q.P.R. 8 1 1 6 -12 4

Breaking League News

Okore Not Ready For Premiership Action
Aston Villa : 21/10/2014 17:11:00
Nani Staying in Lisbon!
Man Utd : 21/10/2014 17:02:00
Nathan Baker Picks Up Hamstring Injury
Aston Villa : 21/10/2014 16:58:00
Match Day Moments - Maribor (h)
Chelsea : 21/10/2014 16:57:00
Foster May Not Be Back For Crystal Palace
WBA : 21/10/2014 16:56:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Sunderland v Stoke (League)
Suggested By:  
Sunderland win 37%
Draw 45%
Stoke win 18%