Premier League

September 18, 2010



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Premier League

16:30 +00:00, September 18, 2010

Stadium of Light, England

Referee: Philip Dowd

  • 94'

    Arsenal will look back on Rosicky's missed penalty and what might have been...

  • 94'

    Sunderland will feel they deserved something from the game, especially after the freak goal they conceded in the first half.

  • 94'

    FULL TIME What drama! Sunderland secure a point with a late, late goal. Final score Sunderland 1-1 Arsenal.

  • 94'

    GOAL Darren Bent with what must be the last kick of the game! The corner is once again a poor one, Titus Bramble lofts the ball back into the box, and after a scramble involving Asamoah Gyan and the Arsenal defence the ball falls to Darren Bent to fire past Almunia!

  • 93'

    One final Sunderland corner as Bramble's shot is blocked...

  • 92'

    Arsenal break through the unlikely source of Denilson. Instead of heading for the corner, he shoots from 25-yards and it goes narrowly wide.

  • 91'

    Andy Reid takes on Sagna, but the Frenchman does well to block and Sunderland will have to settle for a throw.

  • 90'

    The delivery is poor YET AGAIN! Arsenal clear at the near post.

  • 90'

    A late Sunderland corner...

  • 90'


  • 89'

    Sunderland launch a break through the impressive Al Muhammadi. His cross is cleared as far as Henderson, who fires a low half-volley that forces Almunia into a save.

  • 88'

    Sunderland are losing their discipline now, Richardson tripping Chamakh.

  • 87'

    The Moroccan is back with us after some treatment on the sidelines.

  • 86'

    Chamakh is down for Arsenal, clutching his ankle and face simultaneously. I'm not sure how he's hurt himself.

  • 85'

    Andy Reid on for Steed Malbranque

  • 85'

    The free kick is laid off to Denilson, who fires a low shot wide.

  • 84'

    Malbranque is booked for the foul and Arsenal have a dangerous free kick...

  • 83'

    Sunderland can't get hold of the ball at the moment. Clearly frustrated Malbranque trips Denilson.

  • 82'

    More from the Nasri-Rosicky combo. This time it results in a wayward shot from the Frenchman. Since Fabregas' withdrawal, Rosicky has been impressive.

  • 81'

    Can Sunderland rally themselves a create one more chance?

  • 80'

    A great chance for Gyan! Malbranque shapes an wonderful inswinging cross from the right, Gyan connects with the ball, but heads straight at Almunia.

  • 79'

    Lovely link up play betweeen Nasri and Rosicky, eventually broken up by the retreating Bramble.

  • 78'

    Bolo Zenden trips Denilson and it's an Arsenal free kick, they've been excellent since they went down to ten men.

  • 77'

    Asamoah Gyan is nearly in for Sunderland! The ball is played in behind the Arsenal defence and the Ghana man sprints to try and get on the end of it. Luckily for Arsenal, Manuel Almunia is alert and clears the danger.

  • 76'

    Bolo Zenden on for Nedum Onouha

  • 75'

    Will that penalty miss revitalise Sunderland? The men in red and white look tired.

  • 74'

    ROSICKY MISSES THE PENALTY! The Czech blazes the penalty high and wide to Mignolet's left. An awful penalty!

  • 73'

    PENALTY TO ARSENAL! Al Muhammadi trips Nasri as the Frenchman dribbled into the Sunderland box.

  • 72'

    Rosicky whips in an Arsenal free kick from the right, it momentarily troubles Mignolet before the Belgian adjusts his footing and makes the catch.

  • 71'

    Arsenal enjoying their first spell of possession for a while, Nasri and Chamakh combining well before losing the ball.

  • 69'

    A neat turn and shot from Tomas Rosicky after good possession from Arsenal. His low shot is one or two yards wide of the goal.

  • 68'

    Chamakh heads clear as far as Titus Bramble, who can't control his left-foot shot. Goal kick to Arsenal.

  • 67'

    Malbranque's crossed is deflected out for a Sunderland corner...

  • 66'

    Asamoah Gyan is involved for the first time as Clichy is caught in possession by Al Muhammadi once again. As the striker receives the ball his touch is poor, and as the ball bounces he can't find a shot.

  • 65'

    Gael Clichy heads off the goalline after Denilson had inadvertedly flicked the ball towards his own net!

  • 64'

    A Sunderland corner as Al Muhammadi's cross is blocked.

  • 63'

    Steve Bruce has finally decided to unleash his Ghanain striker, can he have the same impact he did at the DW Stadium last weekend?

  • 63'

    Asamoah Gyan on for Cristian Riveros

  • 62'

    Cristian Riveros gets a booking for his troubles.

  • 62'

    Arsenal free kick as Riveros tugs back Chamakh.

  • 61'

    Al Muhammadi again finding space and a cross before Koscielny headed clear. The Eqyptian has impressed today.

  • 60'

    Can Sunderland capitalise on their one-man advantage and find an equaliser?

  • 59'

    Nasri's dipping effort is decent, but Mignolet had it covered and lets the shot go over his cross bar.

  • 58'

    Arsenal have a free kick on the edge of the box after a Bramble foul on Wilshere...

  • 58'

    Denilson on for Andriy Arshavin

  • 57'

    A well-worked short corner between Henderson and Ferdinand falls to the feet of Bent, who on the turn blazes wide. That was easily the best chance of the match.

  • 56'

    Asamoah Gyan is warming up and Sunderland have a corner. The mood is lifted inside the Stadium of Light...

  • 56'

    Denilson looks like he's preparing to come on. Are Arsenal going to shut up shop?

  • 54'

    Alex Song receives a second yellow card for a cynical block on Steed Malbranque.

  • 53'

    Arsenal have been much-improved since half time, Sunderland have posed less of a threat since the break.

  • 52'

    The corner is in keeping with the rest of the set pieces in this match, poor.

  • 51'

    Chamakh is played through on goal gloriously and as he looks set pull the trigger Mignolet gets involved and concedes a corner.

  • 50'

    Darren Bent has a free header after another brilliant Al Muhammadi cross. The England man fails to find the target though.

  • 49'

    Momentary panic for Sunderland at the back as Nasri plays a low cross towards Chamakh. The Moroccan almost gets there first, but Sunderland eventually scramble the ball clear.

  • 48'

    Arshavin again goes close again! A mazy dribble from Rosicky who lays the ball off to Song, he then skips past Bramble before setting up Arshavin to blaze wide!

  • 47'

    Danny Welbeck is carded for a late challenge on Sagna, much to the annoyance of Arsene Wenger.

  • 46'

    What a chance for Arshavin! Chamakh finds space behind Kieron Richardson and puts across a beautiful low cross to Arshavin, who clears the cross bar from inside the six-yard box.

  • 46'

    Straight away there's a chance for Welbeck, played in down the side of the Arsenal defence he lashes the ball over.

  • 45'

    KICK OFF Sunderland restart the match.

  • 45'

    Arsenal are yet to get going in this game, yet they find themselves ahead. Surely they'll improve in the second half?

  • 47'

    HALF TIME Arsenal ahead at the break, slightly against the run of play, thanks to Fabregas' freak goal.

  • 46'

    Alex Song showing his strength by moving through the Sunderland midfield, his attempted through ball for Arshavin is blocked.

  • 45'


  • 44'

    Gael Clichy is caught in possession inside his own penalty area by Al Muhammadi. The Egyptian tries to find Darren Bent, but his cut back is intercepted.

  • 43'

    The corner is no trouble for Sunderland, the quality of the set pieces in this match has been poor.

  • 42'

    Chamakh is fortunate to earn a corner as him and Onouha clash. The ball seemed to touch the Moroccan last and the decision goes Arsenal's way.

  • 40'

    Sunderland will be desperate to find an equaliser before half time, will Arsenal make it to the break in the lead?

  • 39'

    The game has just gone a little bit flat at the moment, which will please Arsene Wenger.

  • 38'

    Gael Clichy with the worst shot of this fledgling Premier League season. Arshavin finds him in some space on the left, and Clichy's attempted drive across goal ends up going entirely sideways and nowehere need the goal.

  • 37'

    Alex Song gets his booking in the end for dissent after a foul on Jordan Henderson.

  • 35'

    Sunderland's best chance so far as Al Muhammadi puts a glorious ball in from the right. He finds Riveros at the back post, who can only guide his diving header wide.

  • 34'

    Alex Song escapes a booking for a blatant trip on Malbranque, Sunderland waste the free kick in the same way they have every other one.

  • 33'

    Bacary Sagna is the latest Arsenal to hobble of the pitch. It never rains it pours...

  • 31'

    More poor set piece's from the Black Cats and Arsenal clear. Sunderland maintain the pressure on the Gunners, Darren Bent eventually heading wide from ten yards.

  • 31'

    Sunderland free kick just inside the Arsenal half as Koscielny collides with Bramble.

  • 30'

    Sunderland have been the better side so far, although they are yet to create a serious chance.

  • 29'

    A fantastic catch from Almunia under pressure from Onouha. How will Arsenal cope without the injured Fabregas?

  • 28'

    Tomas Rosicky on for Cesc Fabregas

  • 27'

    Strong appeals for a Sunderland penalty turned down! Darren Bent went down under pressure from Koscielny, but nothing given as Sunderland win another corner...

  • 26'

    Tomas Rosicky is getting warmed up and it seems he's coming on for Fabregas...

  • 25'

    Sunderland have been the better team so far, and are unfortunate to be behind after Fabregas' bizarre goal.

  • 24'

    A slightly better corner is confidently punched away by Almunia.

  • 23'

    Another Sunderland corner!

  • 22'

    Cesc Fabregas enjoys playing against Sunderland, having scored more goals against the Black Cats than any other team.

  • 21'

    Another set piece wasted, maybe Jordan Henderson should stop taking them...

  • 20'

    Quiet appeals for a penalty from Arsenal, Nasri's attempted cross strikes Ferdinand on the arm, but the former West Ham man can do nothing about it and play continues.

  • 19'

    Jack Wilshere's corner isn't up to scratch and Sunderland clear.

  • 18'

    Song nearly makes it 2-0! Arshavin curls in an excellent cross to the far post where Song is through, his downward header is turned behind by Mignolet.

  • 17'

    The corner is cleared as far as Richardson who lays the ball back to Jordan Henderson. His second attempt at a delivery is no better than his first and Almunia gathers.

  • 17'

    Sunderland and Jordan Henderson have another corner!

  • 16'

    A great response to going behind from Sunderland as another shot is sent over the top of Manuel Almunia's goal.

  • 15'

    Nedum Onouha misses Sunderland's best chance so far! A free header six-yards out is put over, what a waste!

  • 14'

    Sunderland corner to be taken by Henderson...

  • 12'

    GOAL A freak goal by Cesc Fabregas! Anton Ferdinand attempts to clear from inside his own half, Fabregas gets a block on it, sending the ball flying over the head of Mignolet from 30 yards out and Arsenal have the lead!

  • 12'

    Chamakh amuse the majority of the Stadium of Light by slipping on his backside.

  • 11'

    Henderson attempts a right-footed volley from the edge of the box after Arsenal partially clear a Sunderland free kick. His effort is poor and well wide.

  • 10'

    Alex Song gets his head on the corner and Arsenal clear.

  • 9'

    A quick break from Sunderland involving Henderson, Bent and Al Muhammadi. It eventually results in a second Sunderland corner...

  • 8'

    Clichy is slow to his feet after being fouled by Malbranque. The French full back is now up and running again.

  • 7'

    Another poor delivery from Jordan Henderson, his corner is too long and drifts out for a goal kick.

  • 6'

    It's now a corner to Sunderland, some Malbranque trickery eventually stopped.

  • 5'

    Sunderland with a throw in deep in Arsenal territory, Ferdinand putting pressure on Sagna.

  • 4'

    First attack from Arsenal, Alex Song burst forward from midfield and lays off the ball to Arshavin. The Russian shapes to curl and effort towards the far post which goes over the bar.

  • 3'

    Henderson's delivery is poor and cleared by the first man.

  • 2'

    An early free kick to Sunderland, Welbeck being brought down by Sagna...

  • 1'

    First shot of the game, Riveros, eager to make an impression, attempts an audacious early volley but it's never troubling Almunia.


    KICK OFF Arsenal get us underway!


    The teams are on the pitch, almost time to get started...


    Needless to say Darren Bent will be essential for Sunderland. The Wearsiders rely heavily on the England striker's goals, and if he can find his form today Sunderland will have a chance of causing an upset.


    For Sunderland, Asamoah Gyan is only on the bench despite his goal at Wigan last weekend. Darren Bent plays up front, and Cristian Riveros makes only his second Premier League start.


    Arsenal are unchanged from their 6-0 victory over Braga, meaning Jack Wilshere retains his place in the starting line-up.


    Arsenal head to Sunderland in a rich vein of form, having scored ten goals in their last two games. Sunderland will need a big performance to take three points off Wenger's boys.


    Anton Ferdinand and Steve Bruce have both praised Arsene Wenger. How odd given everyone else seems to hate him at the moment.



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