Posted on January 09, 2016 by ADMIN

Arsenal v Sunderland review – Solid win after slow start

Before this 3rd round FA cup clash Arsene Wenger had urged his Arsenal players not to take the visitors Sunderland too lightly and expressed the need for Arsenal to start well, so the Frenchman must have been wondering what was going on when the Gunners presented the Black Cats with a real gift for the opening goal in the 17th minute.

Even more frustrating was the fact it was our best defender Laurent Koscielny that was caught napping. At least it did not take long for Arsenal to draw level and it was a very nice finish from Joel Campbell after good work from young Iwobi and Theo Walcott in the 26th minute.

We probably should have been ahead at the break and we had been better after the goal but Sunderland were making it very hard and had a couple of chances of their own. Wenger clearly had a word at halftime because we came out with a lot more intensity and desire in the second half and pushed Sunderland deeper and deeper and really should have taken the lead in the first 10 minutes.

When the Ox hit the post in the 57th minute you started to wonder what else we needed to do and then when they headed against the bar with their first attack of the half I really started to get nervous. Their young keeper Pickford them made another save, point blank from Campbell, as we continued to turn the screw.

The ref clearly felt sorry for Sunderland because he gave them some awful free kick decisions for them and nothing for us. But with 25 minutes left the scores were still level and Wenger turned to Ramsey and Arteta in the middle and it nearly paid off instantly.

We did not have to wait too long though, as a few minutes after Walcott had shot straight at the keeper, Campbell fed Bellerin down the right and the right back crossed for Ramsey to fire us into the lead. Bellerin was the provider again a few minutes later as he ran rampage against the tiring defence and played a peach of a ball for Giroud to tap in.

The Frenchman was then denied a clear penalty and we needed Cech to keep our two goal cushion but that is what he does. After that Arsenal were in total control and we move smoothly into the next round with no more injury problems and plenty of confidence.

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44 thoughts on “Arsenal v Sunderland review – Solid win after slow start

    1. SoOpa AeoN

      CampbeLL is getting there………… He’s getting there!

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    2. GoonerLad

      Anyone else impressed with Chambers ? He looked confident on the ball today and is only going to get better… And Campbell what else can I say ? The guy is class and has been getting better with each game he plays, Chamberlain doesn’t have to worry because CM is his future position, the future is BRIGHT

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  1. Greg

    Hector Bellerin’s cross was a great one to set up rambo goal! Coyg!

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    1. muda

      How about an intelligent 2nd one to Giroud?? Simply Ferrari with computer brain.

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  2. Greg

    Bellerin’s new name should be Hector “the flash” bellerin! The lad’s got speed to burn!Coyg!

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  3. chaitanya0411

    Good performance and win!
    Positives :
    – Bellerin’s, Iwobi’s, Gibbs performance
    – Very good goal by Campbell with Ramsey returning to scoring goals
    – Cech was superb

    Negatives:
    Chambers needs to step up his performances and Walcott missed chances again!

    Opinions divided. What do you think? Thumb up 26 Thumb down 17

    1. muda

      @chaitany Chambers was Okay man. Second start in that dm. Just a single lose ball when attempted to dribble.

      1 More big positive:
      We did what we did without:
      (A)King of assists
      (B) duracell
      (C) Le Rock
      (D) Santiago the both legs.
      (E) Monreal the consistent.
      (F) and others like Welbeck, Jack, and Rosicky.

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      1. GoonerLad

        I call him Santi the Saint ever since the miracle he pulled in the FA cup final (will never forget that free kick !)

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  4. Jim A

    I wish I knew what a penalty is because I thought that was so clear cut. I really wonder sometimes.

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    1. juhislihis

      Every single decision went Sunderlands way. Disgraceful refereeing. Toivonen’s hand ball on the first half wasn’t called. That’s fine, but on the second half Iwobi’s was. M’Vila dived like a p*ssy when OX could’ve got the ball with ease. That Watford kid or whatever his name is dived all match long.

      OX was horrid on the first half but on the second half he was much better. Knew when to release the ball and was unlucky not to score.

      Bellerin MOTM. Those crosses..

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  5. Uzi Ozil

    Same goal scorers that scored against Sunderland in the league 5weeks ago….

    Ox was frustrating in the first half but He stepped things up in the 2nd half with some lovely passes and He set up Bellerin pretty well for Giroud’s goal….

    We can beat any team in the world on our day but we also give teams chances as well….All the same, The Holders are still in it….

    Welldone Boys!

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  6. chaitanya0411

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

    Out of tune?. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 24

  7. jamesbrowney

    Campbell…. Man of the match!!!! What a player!… Hats off to Bellerin too. Awesome win.

    Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 61 Thumb down 3

  8. Fatboy Gooney

    Phew!
    Well done to the lads,
    They had me worried at 1 nil down.

    We will probably get City in the next round…

    Exeter City! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  9. gooner100

    Good result. Good overall performance (excepting kozs slip up) and nice run outs for Reine Adelaide and Iwobi. Campbell looks to improve game by game and glad to see the Ox getting a bit more sharpness. Glad to Bellerin having an impact too.

    Only three disappointing contributors, the ref, Atkinson (how did he not give Giroud a pen??), and two sad little goonies… rkw (whoโ€™s evidently just a depressed moron and sack-Wenger whose in match comments rival Michael Owen for rank stupidity).

    Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 29 Thumb down 2

  10. SoOpa AeoN

    Hahaha……… When they heard u say CITY

    They all thought it was the one made of MAN….

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  11. Greg

    Anyone giving a thumbs down on Hector Bellerin’s performance cannot be a gooner but a troll on this site!

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  12. Twig

    Good result, although 7-1 would have been better :-/

    Opinions divided. What do you think? Thumb up 10 Thumb down 17

    1. _liam_

      So would 9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999-0. What’s your point? We won comfortably in a competition we haven’t lost a game in since February 2013, without playing anything like our best eleven and giving games to promising youth players who performed well. I don’t know what sort of ridiculous expectations you have where this is somehow not good enough.

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  13. Dawa

    We were very poor in first half. Second half was good with great performances from Campbell and Bellerin. Campbell showing a lot of improvement. But so disappointed with Ox, his decision is awful he should be miles better by now.

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  14. SoOpa AeoN

    @jushislis…….EVDO is a 3G high speed wireless broadband standard. It is a protocol for high speed wireless broadband. Also known as EV-DO…it’s one of several major Third Generation (3G) wireless data standards.

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  15. jonm

    I have only seen the goal highlights. All well worked goals. In terms of the scorer I thought Campbells was the best, needed a cool head to slot the ball home. He is looking more and more like a first team regular.

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  16. SoOpa AeoN

    @juhislihis…….EVDO is a 3G high speed wireless broadband standard. It is a protocol for high speed wireless broadband. Also known as EV-DO…it’s one of several major Third Generation (3G) wireless data standards.

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  17. muda

    @chaitany Chambers was Okay man. Second start in that dm. Just a single lose ball when attempted to dribble.

    1 More big positive:
    We did what we did without:
    (A)King of assists
    (B) duracell
    (C) Le Rock
    (D) Santiago the both legs.
    (E) Monreal the consistent.
    (F) and others like Welbeck, Jack, and Rosicky.

    Rate this comment: Thumb up 12 Thumb down 1

  18. ArseOverTit

    Bellerin was on fire second half. Big teams will sooner be sniffing around him I’m sure.

    Ramos also made the difference.

    COYG!

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  19. Drew

    if we sell Campbell I’ll be pissed. these south American boys got energy for days! yoh and bulletin got pace for days, did us see that knock forward where he just flew past the defender on the left before passing? I’m so happy. COYG

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  20. kamn288

    The team really moved the ball quick which resulted in some sustained pressure which delivered in the final third.
    Arsenal did play better till Arteta came onto the pitch could not make any challenge and was bypassed several times. He needs to play more in the under 21 before being considered as first teamer

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