Sunderland hosted Arsenal in the premier league game on Saturday afternoon at the Stadium of light and looking for their first win in premier league they found themselves a goal down inside first 20 minutes as Arsenal dominated the proceedings for most part. However Sunderland kept themselves in the game and had couple of half decent chances after the break to equalize but Arsenal hanged in there to get something out of this game.
Arsenal 1-4 Sunderland Highlights
[ English Premier league 2016-17 ]
19′ 0 – 1 Alexis Sanchez scored in 19th minute to put Arsenal 1-0 in lead as Arsenal dominated the game for most part.
65′ 1 – 1 Jermain Defoe scored midway through second half to bring Sunderland back into the game.
71′ 1 – 2 Olivier Giroud came on as second half sub to put Arsenal back in the lead as floodgate opened.
76′ 1 – 3 Olivier Giroud was at it again as he grabbed his second and Arsenal’s third of the day.
78′ 1 – 4 Alexis Sanchez made it 4-1 and pretty much settled the tie.
Match Highlights (English)
Arsenal who are currently sitting joint first with 20 points after first 9 league games can extended their unbeaten streak for atleast another week. A win will take Arsenal three points clear at top of the table for at-least another few hours as Liverpool and City play later in the day.
Team News & Lineups: Arsene Wenger is likely to keep the starting lineup which took the field last weekend in a comfortable win against West Brom with Welbeck starting upfront Iwoby, Ozil and Sanchez to start in attacking roles with Coquelin and Elnany taking central midfield roles. Sam Allerdyce has a history of making life harder for Arsenal with his previous clubs like Bolton, West Ham and even Newcastle and he will setup a physical team against Arsenal and might take something out of this game.
Jermain Defoe set to start upfront and he will be the key man for Sunderland if they were to get a result, while a packed 5 man midfield of Khazri, Cattermole, Kirchoff, M’vila and Fabio Borini will be looking to counter Arsenal possession play. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Sunday afternoon.
Predictions: Arsenal often started the season well than struggle for consistancy by new years time and than again pickup the pace towards the end of the season. This has been the theme for best part of last 10 years and this year is no different. Arsenal are in a spot of bother as far as their top finish is concerned, they are currently fourth with 63 points, 4 ahead of United who are fifth and this game holds massive importance as a defeat here will give United an opportunity to close the gap while Arsenal still have to play Man City. Sunderland fighting for survival will sure give it a good go and I can see them getting someting out of this match.
Black Cats climb out of the relegation zone with a game in hand compared to both Norwich City and Newcastle United and that kind of put them in a good position to survive premier league with just three more games to play for.
Arsenal failed to take full points against Sunderland in the premier league game which leaves them just level on points with Manchester City and 5 ahead of Manchester United who are fifth in the table. It was a pretty decent point and Arsenal just need to win 2 of the last 3 games to ensure champions League football next season. Arsenal played better in the first half against Sunderland but had to dig deep at times in second half to see off the challenge from black cats who themselves move out of the relegation zone into 17th place with a hard earned points.
Arsenal and City are now just 5 point ahead of Manchester United while red devils still have a game in hand which put fourth place on the line since Arsenal will play City at Etihad in couple of weeks time.