The third round of the FA Cup saw the holders Arsenal compete against Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland side at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon. The Gunners were keen to retain their title for a third consecutive, as they faced off against the Black Cats who were not in the best of form in the Premier League this term. It was Arsenal’s game to win though some of the key players were rested for this one. However, the visitors had the better start to the game when Laurent Koscielny made a huge error at the back, giving Jeremain Lens the opportunity to score and put his side in front in the 17th minute of the match.
The lead barely lasted for 8 minutes as Joel Campbell made it 1-1 on the 25th minute, to bring his side back into the match. After the first 45 minutes, the score remained level, though the home side had quite a bit of possession and should have done more.
After the interval, the Londoners dominated the game once more, though there were no more goals till the hour mark. Soon after Wenger decided to make a few changes and Aaron Ramsey, who came on as a sub scored on the 72nd minute to give his side the lead. Three minutes later, Olivier Giroud to add a third with Hector Bellerin claiming an assist for both goals. The game ended 3-1, as Arsenal went through to the fourth round of the cup competition.
Here is what the Arsenal boss had to say after the game was over and his side victorious in their cup tie once again:
Talking about the win and the possibility of winning the title a third consecutive time, he said:
“In the second half, we took over and played in their half. We scored three fantastic goals.”
“We are only one trophy away. We have a great desire to do well.”
Further, speaking about Iwobi:
“I liked the timing of his passes and in the middle of the park that is a vital quality.”
Also, about Hector Bellerin’s overall contribution who claimed a couple of assists on the night in the absence of Mesut Ozil, Wenger said:
“The fact that he is only 20-years-old means there is a lot more to come for him.”