The final scoreline of 4-1 to Arsenal in the away win over Sunderland in the Premier League this weekend was a fair enough reflection of our dominance of the game at the Stadium of Light, but it does not tell the whole story. With 20 minutes to go it was looking as though we might be going home with just a point but the desire and resilience that this current crop of Gunners is showing came to the fore once more.
The Sunderland boss was obviously gutted that his side fell to another defeat after claiming an unlikely equaliser from the penalty spot through Jermain Defoe. They had certainly had the best of the luck and the decisions of the referee up to that point but they could not hold on against a team that Moyes thinks is sure to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.
As reported by the Evening Standard, Moyes felt that the scoreline was a bit hard on his team after Giroud came on to score a quickfire double with his first two touches and Alexis Sanchez completed the misery before the end, but he accepted that Arsenal were a class apart and are one of, if not the, best teams in the Premier League right now.
The Scotsman said, “For a long part of the game [we] kept with Arsenal, who have got great quality. They’ll be competing for the title this year.
“I think it was tough and I certainly don’t think we deserved to lose 4-1. We worked hard, really hard to stay in the game first half when Arsenal were very good.
“We stuck at it and I thought we grew into the game second half. And at that point I thought we were the better team when we got back into the game at one each. But their quality all over the pitch is always going to cause you a problem. The minute they open you up then they’ve got that chance of scoring.
“I think our defending was poor at times. I think it was more disappointing, our defending of crosses. We lose the first one to a cross, we lose the second one to a cross.
“Arsenal can score some great goals but when it’s down to crosses you hope that you’ll defend well and deal with that.”
What do you guys think of Arsenal’s chances of the title this time?