A brace from Aaron Ramsey gave a 3-1 victory to Arsenal over hosts Sunderland in a topsy-turvy encounter against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
With debutant Mesut Ozil pulling the strings, the visitors dominated the first half only for Sunderland to eualize in the second-half via Craig Gardner penalty in between Ramsey’s double.
The win sees Arsenal level on points with Tottenham and Liverpool, with the latter facing Swansea on Monday night.
Mesut Ozil just showed why Arsenal £42.4m for him on his debut as an Arsenal player notching up an assist, to put the Gunners 1-0 up, away at Sunderland.
It was a lively start from both teams in a frantic opening 10 minutes, as Sunderland and Arsenal both were pressing high up on the pitch leaving lots of space behind and in the process creating an enetertaining first-half.
But, on 11 minutes, it was Arsenal who surged ahead when Giroud took advantage of some slack defending by the Black Cats’ back four to slot home his fourth league goal in as many games. The Frenchman was set up with a perfectly weighted ball from Mesut Ozil as he registered his first assist in a Arsenal shirt.
Sunderland, though, had their chances as well. Defender Modibo Diakite headed a corner against the crossbar with the Arsenal defence failing to track defender’s run.
However they were allowing Arsenal to play far too easily and goalkeeper Westwood was called into action on several occasions, saving from Walcott who will be frustrated not have scored atleast once from several chances he had.
In the second-half Sunderland fans were on their feet soon when Adam Johnson was fouled in the box by Laurent Koscielny, and Craig Gardner stepped up to slam the resultant penalty beyond Szczesny.
Then on 67 minutes, against the run of play, Ramsey fired Arsenal back in front. The midfielder took Carl Jenkinson’s pass and drilled a volley through Westwood and into the net.
Sunderland were well within their rigths to feel aggrieved three minutes later when they had equalised through Jozy Altidore, but to the dismay of home fans referee Martin Atkinson had already blown whistle in Sunderland’s favour when he cpuld have easily played advantage whixh would have seen the scores levelled.
Ramsey then rubbed salt into the wound, making 3-1 to Arsenal moments later. It was perhaps Arsenal’s best move of the match involving trio of Ozil, Giroud, and Ramsey who with a first-time pass struck home with confidence for his fifth goal of the season.
Paolo di Canio was clearly frustrated with proccedings and was sent to the stands in the added time.