Arsenal looked to be cruising in first gear when 1-0 up over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, but an unlikely turn of events saw the Gunners denied a certain penalty when Olivier Giroud was dragged backwards in the Sunderland box, but just a minute later our opponents were on the counter-attack and got given a penalty of their own when Cech made sure they couldn’t score.
Defoe made no mistake from the spot-kick, and suddenly Sunderland had a new bout of confidence and started attacking an Arsenal team in disarray. At this point Arsene Wenger admitted he thought that we may have lost the game despite our overall superiority. “It was a mental test when we were at 1-1.” Le Prof said. “We missed so many chances, so many opportunities and I was worried we could lose, but we have shown great strength to bounce back.
“In the Premier League at 1-1 you can lose the game but it was how we respond. Do we panic, give up, feel sorry for ourselves? We responded well and in the end it was a comfortable win.
“It was an important result for us. We had six wins, then one draw at home which was disappointing and a second draw or defeat would have been like we had dropped our level.”
But luckily Wenger was inspired and brought on Olivier Giroud, and the rest, as they say, is history! An excellent final score and a boost to our goal difference to put us on top of the League for now. Let us just keep winning and waiting for our rivals to drop points amongst themselves. Happy Days!