Report: Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

Report: Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal

Arsenal took three valuable points after a hard-fought, and very tight, win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light today.

There was good news as initially Laurent Koscielny was passed fit to start, but the French international suffered an injury in the warm-up and was replaced by Carl Jenkinson, with Bacary Sagna moving to the centre-half position.

There were early chances for both teams, with Theo Walcott forcing Mignolet into a smart save with a left footed shot, while Lee Cattermole was booked for a typically clumsy challenge on Ramsey in the build-up.

Moments later Walcott hit the target again, but once more Mignolet made the save. Sunderland were obviously instructed to get heavy tackles in, and when Carl Jenkinson responded in kind the youngster picked up a 9th minute yellow card.

Stephane Sessegnon provided a moment of danger when he ghosted past Monreal into the box, but his cross shot was cleared. Theo Walcott then broke well down the left but couldn’t find Aaron Ramsey with the final ball.

Olivier Giroud then had a chance to open the scoring. The ball broke to him in the box, he pulled away from the defenders and on his good side fired a shot which went inches wide. The game then settled down a bit with both teams finding it hard to make chances.

Aaron Ramsey fired in a great shot which deflected, but again Mignolet saved. Arsenal opened the scoring moments later. Jack Wilshere went on a great run through midfield, he flicked a ball to Walcott who held it, laid it off to Cazorla who drilled home a left-footed shot to make it 1-0.

Arsenal continued to dominate and make all the chances. It was almost 2-0 through Theo Walcott. Sunderland lost it in the left back position, Giroud played it across the top of the box to Walcott, he took a touch then fired a shot which went just wide of the near post.

Again, Mignolet was the hero after a Giroud run and pass fell to Ramsey but from point blank range the Sunderland keeper prevented Arsenal doubling the lead just before half-time.

In the opening minute of the second half Sunderland were looking for a penalty when Sessegnon dived past Monreal, the ref waved the appeals away but nor did he book the Sunderland man.

Arsenal suffered a blow after just 5 minutes of the half when Jack Wilshere went off after another industrial challenge which went unpunished by a yellow card. Abou Diaby replaced him.

As Sunderland stepped up the pressing, Olivier Giroud shot just wide from the edge of the box before Steven Fletcher shot wide after Aaron Ramsey was dispossessed in midfield. Sunderland’s best chance of the game.

Santi Cazorla was the next Arsenal player to shoot just wide, just before the Gunners were reduced to 10 men. Carl Jenkinson picked up his second yellow card of the game for a foul on Sessengnon, he could have no complaints, even if the referee was abysmal all game long.

Aaron Ramsey was shunted to right back, and Abou Diaby should have scored after being set up by Monreal but his sidefooted shot was straight at Mignolet. Cazorla then shot over the bar, before Theo Walcott hit the post. Theo was set up by Cazorla, keeper came out, he lifted it over him and saw his shot cannon back off the post.

At the other end Wojciech Szczesny made a brilliant save from Fletcher after the referee ignored an obvious handball on the edge of the area. And the Polish keeper kept Arsenal ahead making a wonderful save from a Fletcher header. From the resulting corner Titus Bramble put the ball wide from 2 yards after it had bounced around the six yard box.

The home side piled on the pressure, Arsenal brought on Miquel for Walcott, and should have scored more. Giroud failed to pass to Cazorla, and the Spaniard returned the ‘favour’ moments later, but some brilliant defending, particularly from Bacary Sagna saw us hold on and take the three points.

Phew!

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      • Please, shut up, we played amazingly well in the first half, should have put the game to bed by then, second half wilshere went off injured, jenks was having an off day and got sent off so we defended ( fucking brilliantly mind you ).
        It takes a special kind of person to ignore all thats positive and come out with criticism….a douche.

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      • You’re on your own balls. Used to get irritated with you talking complete bollocks every post but now it’s quite amusing the new ways you try and troll. If you are a genuine gooner then you can go in the piers morgan section.

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      • You’re picking on Ramsey? Really?

        You didn’t watch the game. That, and you didn’t think for yourself.

        Next time, less cliche, more observation. Ramsey had an impressive game, worked extremely hard for the team, and had great positional sense.

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      • Last time i checked the league table doesn’t include the starting line ups, just the 3 very well earned points….

        i don’t give a fuck how many full backs were in the back four, we got 3 points…..

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      • No, we think finishing 4th means qualifying for the Champions League and the chance to play against Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid, etc.

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      • Balls, I think you’re nuts.

        And you know, you don’t have to keep them both upstairs and between your legs. If you trade half of them for brains, you could keep those between the ears and keep the balls downstairs.

        Much better arrangement, I can promise you.

        Come on The Arsenal. Let’s make this a run.

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      • Sir Balls the spud is back again…

        Only possible criticism is that we didn’t bury the game when we were on top. Otherwise, we clung on, won ugly, kept a clean sheet, fantastic from Sagna and Szczesny, what’s not to like?

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      • You sir, I have watched from afar,…watched many comments, and watched reaction,…mate do you really hold the gunners to your heart???…i think not.

        You come on here after every game, and dis our great club, yes sometimes i feel like giving up….but i never mean it……this is ‘The Arsenal’ and never doubt we are not better that any-other-team, we are THE TEAM…and yes fuck these ‘Irish’ (no offence blogs) so-called commentators on Setan-shitty-a (well an ex sp*ds c*nt) WE ARE THE ARESENAL!!!!

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      • Blogs should ban this guy. Its sickening to read this shit after such a hard-fought and deserved win. It’s one thing to have a different opinion, but this is just awful awful cuntishness.

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      • I actually think you’re a true Arsenal fan having a wind up with your comments, no one could really be this stupid.

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    • Szczesny and Sagna saved our skin, but I’d probably tip the keeper for MOTM.

      Worrying how poorly we played after Wilshere left. Hope it’s not serious…

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      • I’m sympathetic to claims that Wenger has a tendency to burn out our midfield (because of a transfer non-strategy), but in this case you can only blame the absolute cuntery of N’Diaye and a completely inept referee, who seemed content to let Sunderland attack our players all game.

        One other thing: The way Wilshere plays (his love of driving at defences, his love of getting stuck in) will always leave him susceptible to injury. Hopefully with experience, he’ll learn how to use his body more wisely.

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    • Bac MOTM? Thought Ramsey was fantastic today too, really gutsy (apart from the bit where he lost it in midfield and they nearly scored).

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      • It’s nice to see that we have so many contenders for MoTM again, especially with Ramsey being mentioned. He seems to have turned a corner recently, good on him. Well done, Aaron !

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    • Today’s performance should convince Arsenal that Sagna needs a 3 year deal – minimum. He was brilliant in the center, seemed to gain new life actually, and Jenkinson has some more studying to do. Jenkinson played well, well he made smart decisions, he just needs a couple more years with Sagna around to provide him that knowledge Jenkinson absolutely needs.

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      • Anyone doubting Bacs credentials as an all round top geezer only need check out his Mrs…
        The divine Ludivine…
        Respect !

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      • I’ll go as far as to say that our BFG looked a bit more on his toes on the left side of middle. The thing we all think he needs to go along with his excellent reading of the game: a bit more juice in his step.

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      • I agree, it’s fantastic to see that it seems Sagna never really lost form; look how fantastic he played when he didn’t have to deal with the responsibilities of covering our entire right flank and feeding walcott’s play at the same time.

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    • Agree bacs was brilliant, szez played great and all the grief Ramsey gets he done well even out of position at right back, were starting to look solid, another good away win lets catch the spud cunts

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    • There is something about red and white stripes. Turns men into blood thirsty orcs. Didnt expect this from MON to be honest. But whatever, serves the cunts right. I hope they go down along with the original orcs next season.

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      • Yep good observation. It wasn’t only Lee Clattermole but also guys like Danny Rose. Fouling all the Arsenal players just because you’re on loan from spurs is a very very unprofessional thing to do, with a mentality like that he’s never going to make it in the Premier League, don’t be surprised in 3 years time if you hop in a taxi and there’s Danny Rose driving it.

        but FUCK. Absolutely great defending, very satisfying at the final whistle.

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    • ich hätte lieber poldi bei sunderland gesehn zb. als nr.26 naja sollte nicht sein .
      der hätte nämlich mit sicherheit 3 tore erzielt gegen eine mittelmässige Arsenal abwehr.

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    • In the first half at least, Sunderland played dirtier than Stoke. Some of their tackling – that Cattermole tackle in the first minute in particular – was no different to what you see when you search Vinnie Jones on youtube. Of course though, they are brave lionhearts against cheating Arsenal, the FA’s perfectly nonpartisan referees would of course rather send off foreign players like the half-Finnish Carl Jenkinson!

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  1. Great result, sagna and sir scez men of the match, Can’t separate them. Some poor performances though,mainly up front but we got away with it and 3 points is all that matters at this stage. A real backs to the wall game from the boys. Proud of em.

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    • Well I agree our finishing could’ve been better but kudos to our attackers for sharing the defensive burden during the second half. Great shift by Giroud again. And frankly, even with 10 men we had the better chances in the second half. It was team performance today and I loved it!

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    • Agreed, could/should have scored 3 or 4. Still grinding out another 1-0 is good for the boys, hopefully they will learn building a run with these sort of performance is more important than winning 8-5 one week and drawing 0-0 the next.
      I think Giroud will get a bollocking off Arsene for when he shot from outside the area in the last few minutes when he had men either side. Thierry would have run to the corner flag and passed to Bobby for five minutes.

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  2. Thank sczcesny thank sagna.
    If only we could have taken our chances wouldnt have been a struggle.Squad very limited for now hope it changes quickly.

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  3. Szczesny and Sagna. Impressed. I like Giroud, a lot. But somehow I wanted his head on a guillotine when he didn’t pass the ball in injury time. Sheesh.

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  4. the best defensive performance of ourt season? Starting from the back four (three) all the way up to Giroud. Gallant gallant performance..

    we really should’ve killed the game off though, really really indifferent finishing

    Sagna, Ramsey, SZCZ: Heroes
    Cazorla: Genius

    2 consecutive cleansheets.. onwards and upwards

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    • wau wie naiv ist euer fussballdenken . wer rennt wie ein irrer !! muss auch ein top fussballer sein.bei uns ist es so !! wer denkt wie sein mitspieler,denkt auch so wie der mitspieler gedacht hat.Nur so kann man seine mitspieler einsetzen und genauso denkt auch Poldi aber das ist im englischen fussball schlecht um zusetzen,deshalb bleibe ich dabei .Poldis einsatz für Arsenal ist und bleibt verschwendete Energie andere vereine würde sich die arme ausreissen um so einen denkenden Fussballer für sich zu haben.Carzola ,Arteta,Wilshere,Gibbs sind ebenfalls Top denkende Fussballer den Rest naja auf jeden fall bei Bayern München ( Reservebank )

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  5. Sagna = “YOU SHALL NOT PASS”

    defending apart from jenkinson’s horror show was immense.Very poor in the final third though.Skied many clear chances.Still 3 points and a job well done.

    COYG!!!!!!

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  6. Boy did we work for that! Well done the Arse.
    I called the Jenkinson sending off as soon as he got booked. He needs to work on that. He’s a bit too keen sometimes, which I guess is a reflection of his commitment.
    Should’ve actually won quite comfortably, but happy nonetheless. Just hope Jack is not totally fucked.

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    • you weren’t the only one panini it was obvious he was going to get sent off with the likes of Johnson and Sessegnon running at him. Plus as you said his over keeness not sure thats a word ha

      Could of had more goals to kill it off.. but good win all the same

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    • I was hoping that Arsene would bring on Miquel for Jenks and put Bac at RB at half time. O’niell knew cattermole was in danger of being sent off and took him off. Seeing as we got the win anyway it doesn’t matter much but I think we all saw the red coming!

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      • Don’t think Wenger would’ve played him for any of our next three games so I think it was a risk he was willing to take; having received the red, and a few more minutes of playtime to review, hopefully Jenkinson only grows stronger from this experience. Hopefully Podolski rested today will also mean Giroud gets some well-deserved rest and stays on bench as a backup for our game against Blackburn coming up

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    • Agree completely about Jenks, as soon as he got the first yellow, I just knew he wasn’t going to get through the game. Objectively, he completely deserved it.

      What has me raging deep inside is that if the ref had held Sunderland even close to the same standards, they could have had what? 2, 3 red cards

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  7. Sagna, man of the match performance, SZCZ, stood up and saved the day, Ramsey, never stopped working. Brilliant performance from the team today. The only thing missing was some clinical finishing but when thats not happening, you’ve got to keep it tight at the back, and that was one of our best defensive performances since earlier this season! Keep it going! Up the Arse!

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    • They do seem to keep getting worse and worse each match.
      Arsene earlier in the week stating that the refs in English football aren’t cheating, ever. He should have been followed up with the question: “Then how do you explain some of the referee performances this season?”
      “Incompetence!” A determined Arsene could return.

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  8. that ending was immense I think I did a sp*rs in my underwear lol

    whoever doubted Sagna’s commitment get off this blog because that he really was playing for the Arsenal badge and speaking of heroics hope Jack isnt out for too long because we are going to need him for the Bayern game !

    I will look past that horrible finishing at the end :/ we could of won 4-0 !

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  9. “At the other end Wojciech Szczesny
    made a brilliant save from Fletcher
    after the referee ignored an obvious
    handball on the edge of the area. ”

    This pissed me off so fucking much!

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  10. MOTM Bramble, with his miss from a couple of yards. That was as big as Szczesny’s save near the end, but the points are in the bag and we march on. Go on you lovely reds!!!

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  11. Damn, this match report was up quick. The first half was one of our best this season. We did squander a lot of chances but all that matters are the 3 points. Two consecutive 1-0’s. Come on Arsenal. 12 more games, let’s go on a winning run now, Spuds will have a nervous breakdown soon. We can still get 3rd place.

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    • wenn das für dich das beste war !! dann muss ich echt sagen ! schlaf weiter ,denn du hast mit sicherheit keine ahnung von fussball oder !!!?? vielleicht mag das in eurer liga so sein aber nicht beim DFB.

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      • judging on your German I can’t tell whether you’re English, used Google translator and made a pointless comment or you’re German, don’t speak your mother tongue very well and made pointless comment. the bottom line is a pointless comment..

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      • I hope it’s google translate, nobody talks like that, unless he had a series of serious reoccurring childhood events that led to you having low self-esteem and trying to speak like a german poet but miserably failing to do so.
        Nice name though

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    • Szczesny not Czszesny!
      by the way,you know that ‘szczesny'(in polish ) means ‘lucky man’ or somebody who ‘bring a luck to others’?!
      yeah,yesterday he was very lucky!!
      great performance of our keeper and I expect more to come..
      I agree,anyone of them …
      …just dont understand,why Giroud played to the end?!!

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  12. Mignolet is a fantastic keeper and I’ll always remember him for his amount of saves against any given arsenal match. but today I think Szczes out-saved him.

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  13. Phew… Arsenal made enough chances to win three games let alone one. Sunderland were lucky to be only one goal down and they did y create much until they were man up.. In the end fully deserved 3 points and now even out makeshift defence is performing well..upwards and onwards.

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  14. I am soooo happy people are finally giving Ramsey the credit he deserves. People on the other websites are killing the poor kid. He was most definitely one of the best performers.Men of the Match: WS,Bagna and Rambo.

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  15. Finally a real “we give a shit” performance. Ramsey, Szczeny, Sagna, Wilshire, Arteta and Cazorla all of them played exceptional. If we fight like that we will finish top 4.

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  16. Couldnt watch but i was following the liveblog, sounds like it was a battle in the 2nd half. And it sounds like Szcz earned his wages this week.

    Lets hope jack’s ok.

    There is no sweeter victory than 1-0 to The Arsenal.

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  17. Wenger moment of the day :-
    92min- giroud ‘i shoot like an ostrich’ shot over the bar
    Wenger (furious) ” WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT? WHATTHE FUCK WAS THAT?”

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  18. I celebrated almost as hard as I did in our game vs Barca after AA23 scored.
    Ramsey and Sagna were immense.
    Chezzers was a giant.
    And Giroud a HFB. Better at the back today then the front, but he was getting tired.

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  19. Fantastic performance coupled with a deserved result.

    Just hope that the Kos and Jack injuries are not too serious now. Also need to work on some of the bloody finishing!

    For all those saying that we were poor without Jack, even with 10 men I still think we carved out the better opportunities in the second half. We started to dominate well by the end of the first half and after the red card it became much more of an even contest with both teams going for it.

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  20. Holy shit that was stressful. The combination of Sunderland being utter, utter cunts, the ref also being a complete cunt & listening to Setantas’ horrendous & biased commentary almost resulted in a heart attack. Thank fuck for that!

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      • Sorry mate but I agree with Yank. 100k, you have to fucking BURY a chance like that. Bury it like a dog burying his massive juicy bone to hide it from the other pussies. Bury it like an ostrich plunging its noggin into the sand with ferocious ferocity. Bury it like Snoop Dogg’s bone in da booty. And – of course – bury it like a motherfucking undertaker.

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  21. Wenger is a bloody genius. He played Rambo in the wings to develop his attacking skills and then played him in the holding mid role to develop his vision and defensive skills and now plays him as a centre midfielder where he attacked and defended well.

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      • I normally don’t give a flying F about thumbs-up or down, but how can ANY Arsenal fan give a thumbs down to an Arsenal player getting better through hard work and progressive play? No one ever said that Ramsey’s training was complete – the statement was that the type of training CAN produce awesome results, not that those results have already been obtained.
        Either way – bugger off!
        Normal ‘1-Nil to the Arsenal’ celebrating may now resume…

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  22. Also since frog reminded me, there was this idiot commentator on FOX sport that said Ramsey twisted his ankle DURING the fucking replay where it was clearly shown that Larsson fucking stomped on his ankle.

    I haven’t been that pissed off at commentators since they decided Shawcross was a nice innocent young lad. >_>

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  23. Fucking Hard fought victory, we show plenty of grit and determination to defend as a team. I thought Giroud was fantastic in tracking back and helping out in midfield when we were a men down. He could see at the end he was exhausted and at one point was seen bending over holding his knees. However his finishing is still poor, he can’t seem to score those half chances when presented to him.

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  24. Can see Santi and Jack being rested against Rovers in the FA cup and with jenks suspended (for one game I think), we might see the same defense in action next week. If Sir Ches keeps on putting in such inspired shifts we might even topple Bayern :D

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  25. Giroud really needs to practice on his shooting, though. Wastes way too many chances. He has been like this the whole season, too. If he could sort this out, he certainly could challenge to be topscorer.

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  26. Delighted with it today. First half was class. Very worried when TV and Kol were both out. Jenks is still learning his trade and made a couple of challenges he shouldnt of. But the fella is 100% Gooner so we have to give him some slack.

    Sagna was brilliant. The BFG positioned himself brilliantly all day. It cant be easy playing in a back 4 with 3 full backs. Nacho making only his 2nd start, Jenks still fresh at this level and Sagna alongside him.

    If we took our chances we should have had it out of sight early doors. Cant believe some of the nob heads on here slagging it off. Even a few years back with an Arsenal boasting RVP, Nasri and Cesc Im sure we would have caved in and drawn 1-1.

    Very proud of the lads today. Lets hope Jack the Lad is OK!!!

    Up the Gunners!

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  27. Well done u gunners, fantastic 1st half performance, followed by a resilient hard fought 2nd… A clean sheet… I’m guessing the people moaning on here didn’t see the game? We did well.

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  28. was für ein langweiliges spiel !! in der Deutschen-Liga würde ich sagen.. 2. Liga
    jetzt zum wesentlichen ,POLDI was machst Du eigentlich in dieser ( Anal -Liga )
    wieso ! spielst du nicht im 3 maligen WELTMEISTERLAND DEUTSCHLAND ??
    schau dir ARSCHAVIN oder ROSIcKY an ,sie alle waren mal WELTKLASSE,aber der Froschesser hat sie alle vergeigt,willst du das auch ? komm nach hause wo
    noch Leistung belohnt wird,bei FC Anale wird nur der belohnt der zu fällig VON DIR angeschossen wurde !! Peinliche Liga oder ?? und mal ehrlich ? Du hast mit sicherheit besseres Verdient ,komm zurück ins 3 malige WELTMEISTERLAND ,denn hier bist du nicht PRINZ POLDI . Köln ist deine Heimat ,und nur hier bei uns wird Leistung honeriert. Kölle Alaaf.

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      • Courtesy of Google Translate:

        “What a boring game! in the German league, I’d say .. Second league now an essential, POLDI what do you do actually in this (Anal-League) why! you’re not playing in a 3-time WORLD CHAMPION COUNTRY GERMANY? you look ARSCHAVIN or Rosicky on, they were all once WORLD CLASS, but the frog-eaters have it all messed up, you want that too? Come back home where yet performance is rewarded at FC Anal is the only reward was shot to mature FROM YOU! League or embarrassing? and honestly? You deserve better with security, come back to three times WORLD CHAMPION COUNTRY, because here you are not PRINCE POLDI. Cologne is your home, and only here with us will benefit honeriert. Kölle Alaaf.”

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    • Oh i’m really sorry to hear that, will your cat be alright? I don’t see what that has to do with your love of basketball and trampolines, but other than that your comment made perfect sense.

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    • @prinzopldi:
      geh lieber Karnavalfeiern…. deine Spruche & Beleidugungen sind ECHT langweilig.
      Won’t waste time translating – pure irrelevant ignorance.
      Poldi’s playing a great season for Arsenal & seems happy enough to me.
      Rosicky’s great when fit – might get some time on the pitch now Jack’s injured.
      Arshavin? Food too good in the UK? ;-)

      And if you found that game today boring, you should consult a psychiatrist!

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  29. Bacary Sagna you sir are the man. Thank you.

    All the lads put in a great hard working shift today. Sunderland are complete assclowns.

    Hope Jack is ok, went somewhat into a shell after he went off (and before Jenks “went” off).

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  30. keep them coming till rest of the season,and for giroud may be he is not an clinical finisher but his work rate is awesome,i can remember 3 head clearance by giroud,we are sure we are in for nxt champions league if we play like this,team has built up an gr8 chemistry now,love u arsenal love u wenger love u ramsey love u all :P

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  31. God that was intense! A real backs to the wall performance.
    Sagna was immense at centreback and Ramsey worked his socks off for the team. One nil to the Arsenal! Onwards and Upwards!

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  32. Well done! What a match, really tense! Btw, this is the worst referring I’ve ever seen. Cuntermole and Co. were all over us right from the start, Cuntermole should’ve been sent off at least twice in the 1st half, Chief Cunt was 15 yards out of his tech area to fetch a ball! Fucking disgrace this ref!

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  33. Our midfield possession was unbelievable, finally seeing one-twos being reintroduced into our game. Was fantastic to watch at times. Jack is definitely the leader that we’ve always needed in the middle of the park. When he left the field, we lost a lot.

    Ramsey is playing much better, bar his moment of madness in the mid.

    Diaby does not even look like the shadow of his former self. I think he’s giving up his long term fight for fitness… Come on Diaby, we believe in you!!

    Our finishing tonight was woeful! It was disgusting that we only scored one! Watching Giroud, Walcott and Santi scatter shots around was sickening!

    Our defending was much better, and Sagna, and Sczezny were on top form.
    Very good team match tonight!

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  34. was für eine schmach für Poldi ; France : Germany 1 :2 wenger hatte so eine Wut das Poldi der beste Linksaussen auf der bank platz nehmen musste. Pfui Froschesser .

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  35. Chesny MOTM no doubt. Sagna need a new long deal. Loved both of them. And Ramsey earned my respect tonight, he’s our Rambo for sure. And of course, Thank You Cazorla!!!

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  36. Just a thought. With Sagna about to reach the wrong side of 30, could he be converted to be the new CB we’ve been looking for? He was tremendous today, looked completely at home in that position! Anyone can see he’s not getting any faster, and his crossing throughout his career has been so-so. So why not Arsene go for a new RB in the summer (as competition, not a replacement for Jenks) and switch Bac to CB? More versatility along the backline.

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    • Not a bad notion. Sagna can do a job in either role, so it’s really a decision. I’m sure the manager will assess how he feels about the other players he had in those roles. On Jenks’s performance today though, you have to admit if Sagna is not going to be the everyday RB, then the team needs heavy investment in that area. A signing akin to Monreal would be needed because Jenkinson is one for the future. And not the near future, sadly.

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      • I think Baccary Sagna is still a better right back – you can see how different the security is on our right flank when Walcott and Jenkinson are paired instead. But brilliant move from Wenger – according to arseblog, Sunderland have also been scoring on the break quite often now (which will obv be largely through the center), and putting Sagna and his usual pace with which he runs the entire right leg, broke down so many of Sunderlands goal attempts. If we could get some more variety rotations with specific strategies to shut down mid table teams like today, it’d be a great testament to Wenger’s managerial ability and finally shut up the useless Wenger Out chants.

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  37. Wilshere has been targeted for a kicking nearly every match and the teams are getting away with it, just hope it isn’t too serious. Getting fucking sick of the biases referees

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  38. A thought aside from the exhilaration of 3 more hard-earned points . . .

    I wonder why Seb Larsson did not start this match. Sunderland was much more into the game when he replaced Cattermole at half time. Seb being twice the footballer Clatter-mole is. With Larsson for Cattermole and then an off-the-pace Diaby coming on for Wilshere, Arsenal was losing the exchange.

    I think those substitutions affected the match as much as the red card for Jenkinson. Still, could have won it handily if the finishing was up to par. Shows the benefit of great defending, though, does it not?

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  39. i think sir balls is bentley in disguise; brilliant to see us fight out those 3 points, especially as that awful feeling came around 70 mins… if mignolet didnt have a complete sczc of a game we would have had scored 6…and if you arent watching it go online and laugh at barrys own goal

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  40. What a Fookin surprise, we get a a new world beater in the team and half the league wants to break his legs coz that’s the way you stop us apparently.
    Anyway starting to calm down now. Well up gooners.

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  41. Everyone in an Arsenal shirt played well today – even (or especially) out of position.
    Not perfect – there were quite a few moments of madness, and the finishing (for a change ;-) ) was too often wayward. But everyone worked hard, and there was some sublime possesion football. Shame the domination at the end of the first 45 wan’t turned into a more comfortable lead.
    Anyone else feel that Rociscky for Wilshere would have been a good move?

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  42. Hallo englische Fussballfans !!
    es tut mir leid das ich ausserodentlich sauer bin ,und solche kommentare abgelassen habe ,aber ich bin im grund genommen ein durch und durch FC ARSENAL fan und fiebre jedes spiel mit euch mit ,und deshalb tut es mir im Herzen weh das mein Idol Podolski auf der bank sitzen musste.
    Übrigends liebe ich London wo meine Frau geboren wurde ,und freue mich immer wieder da zu sein.Aber es ist halt so ,ich komme aus Köln und liebe Poldi
    und das andere auch. Sorry das ich euch geärgert habe.

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    • Ahem…
      “Hello English football fans! I’m sorry I’m extremely sour, and such comments have drained, but I’m in the ground. made a thoroughly ARSENAL FC fan and fever with each game with you, and that is why it hurts me in the heart that my idol Podolski had to sit the bench. BTW I love London where my wife was born, and am always happy to be back. But it’s like that, I’m from Cologne and love Poldi and the other [German?] also. Sorry that I annoyed you.”

      translate . com & dictionary . reverso . net

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    • sorry ich ziehe meine endschuldigung zurück. wie ich sehe seit ihr alle englische Arschlöcher mit 0 Gehirn die nur eins in ihrem Plumpuddingkopf haben ( FC ANALE).Wenn ihr glück habt mit eurem Talent sehen wir uns vielleicht bei der WM wieder
      es grüßt der 3x Weltmeister.

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      • sorry aber jemand benutzt hier in diesem Forum meinen Namen,das finde ich als eine große Sauerei Man sollte nur die Fans zulassen die auch ein Passwort haben.Schade aber wenn das nicht geändert wird ,kann hier jeder auf anderem Namen seine Spielerei machen,und das ist für mich eine große Sauerei.

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  43. could be an excellent extension to sagna’s career,and its good to be impressed by him again-i missed that,thought the two leg breaks had done him in. Character building stuff that would have been thrown away in the past- and massive respect to aaron ramsey, we got kicked around the park and still won with 10men. If it was United everyone would be saying “why can’t we do that?”. we can.great experience in the bank.

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  44. A 1-0 is way better than a 4-4 where we were scintillating in one half and timid whining footballers in other half just 2 years ago. Yes, we are missing creativity of Cesc, the wonderful finishing of RVP and the trickery of Nasri. But guess what, we have the hard work of Giroud, the directness of Wilshere, the calmness of Arteta, the hunger of Cazorla, the power of Poldy and the heart of Ramsey. I feel this is more of a “team” we have than the one from two years ago. I am sure we will still have dodgy days but I can’t fault this team for effort which has been immense for most matches this season.

    Man City just lost to Soton and where was Nasri? Where were all the “world class” players of Man City who we wanted in our team desperately? They were nowhere to be seen. Point is, money can’t buy you wins every time. Our Arsenal is slowly getting moulded again into an exciting hard playing unit. Didn’t happen this season but the signs are there for all to see.

    Great win.

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  45. Any NEWS’ pm banning this Twat called ‘SIR BALLS’?….wot a TWAT….please ban tha cunt….regards HG..withn love x

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  46. that was a real close shave.ppint of concern though,anyone noticed how our backline struggles to cope with players who have quick nimble feet or even average trickery.that sessengon bloke was a real handful to our full backs leading to the sending off.with robben n ribery in the horizon we hope wenger has already figured this out.it could be for the fitst time he assigns a player to manmark an opponent.

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  47. All i can say is please, please, please, PLEASE sign Sagna to a multi-year deal. I don’t care if he’s getting older, i don’t care if he’s had some broken legs. I do think if Arsenal let him go, they will regret it. And we’ve had enough losses as fans over the last few years. I think he deserves a new, good contract to close out the last few good years he has left.

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  48. Great we got the win but the finishing was borderline comical.kinda makes you wonder what they do all morning in training. Still 3 points was the target and 3 points is what we have. Happy days

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  49. Serious question….I appreciate it is only one performance……..but…….could/should Bacary play centre-half long term? He played with a level of measured aggression and decisiveness that I feel our central defence has been lacking.

    * The above question assumes we have a suitable replacement at right back.

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  50. I know it’s churlish to complain but I must say we are EXTREMELY lucky to have got away with a win, were it not for Sunderland’s absolute diabolicalness in front of goal. Titus Bramble couldn’t hit a hedgehog with a frying pan, on any given day, which is convenient. But seriously, we had at least three GOLDEN scoring opportunities and didn’t take them. I know by now that with this side if we miss those opportunities they can and will come back to punish us. But to be fair we were doing well before the sending off. Tott***** are on a lucky streak with that horrendous, more-ugly-than-Medusa’s fanny Gareth Fail carrying them. I am very happy we scraped the win and kept a clean sheet. We have to keep going. I am worried but also am EXCITED at the prospect of the Tott***** game. That is where the difference probably will be made for fourth spot. If we don’t win that we don’t deserve it. And I have every confidence we will barbarically maul those fucking disgusting, disgusting mutants.

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