Premiership: Arsenal 3 – Sunderland 2

Posted: October 8, 2007 in Arsenal, Arsene, EPL, Premiership, Van Persie

Van Persie (7,81) , Senderos (14)
Wallace (25), Jones (49)

Match Gunner: Van Persie.
Easy one again as Robin provided us with two excellent goals which included the winner

We had a very bright start as we were attacking and carving up Sunderland at will. This was the manner of play expected of a top team playing at home against a team which has just gained promotion. We had the ball in the Sunderland goal as early as the fifth minute when Diaby’s stunning strike beat a helpless Gordon but Rob Styles then decided to pull the play back after a foul was committed on Cesc. Robin stepped up and provided an even more stunning shot. 1-0 to the Arsenal. Gordon couldn’t do anything to prevent the rocket hitting the underside of the crossbar and bouncing in.

It was all us after that. A miss by Adebayor and a few missed opportunities later; came the second goal. It bounced around off some Sunderland players after a weird try by Jones to clear the ball and Senderos got hold of it, scooped a shot and in it went. 2-0 and we were cruising.

A third “goal” went in after good work from Hleb on the right channel finished by Diaby but again; poor Abou had a perfectly valid goal ruled out. This time for an offside on Cesc which was totally off the mark.

Arsene: Frankly, it was the third goal. I don’t know how he could disallow that goal and certainly that would have changed the game completely because at 3-0 it would have been a different game. But you can only live with the decisions that are made and in the end we found the third goal. It always looked like it was coming, but when you hit the post once or twice and you don’t score, you never know.

Sunderland then staged a comeback from the storybooks when first Wallace finished off a rebound off a Jones shot and then Jones himself headed the equaliser in. Kolo tried his usual thunderbolt and this time it came really close and he shot it from near the centre circle onto the post and away.

We were spurning chances left and right. Cesc, Robin, Theo were all guilty of wastage.

Then came a moment of magic as Eboue crossed, Robin’s touch was perfect and thumped it home in the same motion. 3-2.

Chances were flying everywhere, ex-Arsenal youth boy Stokes dipped a shot that forced Almunia into a save. A moment of madness saw a red card given to McShane for a late tackle and leaving his foot in Hleb’s groin.

To me, it just warranted a yellow though. Soon after, Theo hit the post when he had the gilt-laden chance to score his first Premiership goal.
An exciting game for the neutrals. I knew we would win it cause we have shown so much maturity this season. Everyone stood up to be counted. Good times, good times; except maybe for poor old Bert:

Arsene: I have a strong relationship with Gilberto, I spoke with him about that, I have a huge respect for him, you know? At the moment it is frustrating for him – incidentally it is his birthday today. He is an important player in the group, he is an important player in the team. As I said, it is a selection problem at the moment but he will come back into the side, I don’t worry about that.

Happy Birthday Bert! Come into the post match group hug and you’ll fell the sunshine again!

*edit: here are the Arsenal goals from the game. Links compiled courtesy of sul from the arseblog forums:

Van Persie 7′
Senderos 14′
Van Persie 81′ winner

downloads *cefiroman from soccerpulse:

Van Persie 7′
Senderos 14′
Van Persie 81′ winner

  1. mygunner says:

    What is this? Another Arsenal blog. I think we have enough of it. With the existence of arseblog, a culutured left foot, gunnerblog, goodplaya. I think we have more than enough. Thank you. Nice big pictures though. A change from the crappy pictures you have to squint your eyes at to recognize the players faces. You sure those aren’t copyrights?

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