GUN POWDER REVIEW: SUNDERLAND 1 : ARSENAL 4 GUNNERS CRUSH HAPLESS SUNDERLAND
Before this game, almost every pundit dubbed this game as easy three points for the Gunners. The reason wasn’t far fetched, the gunners were flying in the premier league. Their defeat and draw both at home to Liverpool and Middlesbrough the only blemishes in an other wise flawless campaign so far. Sunderland on the other hand were on the verge of negative record breaking. With just 2 points in 9 games a defeat to Arsenal would entrench them as the holders of the worst start to a premier league season after 10 games.
During the week Injuries had come to haunt the Arsenal team just like it does Annually about this time of the year before November. Santi and Theo were doubts and eventually missed out..While Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey returned to the bench after a long layoff.
David Moyes says he will not walk away from the job, but that is exactly what thousands of Sunderland supporters did as they witnessed their side surrender to yet another demoralising defeat.
As they did, moving quicker than any of their players had during the previous six minutes in which Arsenal had scored three times, they returned an expletive-laden assessment. Moyes would have heard. He probably agrees. This team is ‘f****** s***’.
Indeed, they are now officially the worst after 10 games in Premier League history. We did not need this performance, however, to tell us that. They have been eye-wateringly hopeless which is what made any dropping of points here a non-issue for the Gunners.
The game began cautiously but the visitors wasted no time in seizing the gauntlet early in the 4th minute with an Oxlade Chamberlain header just off target.
Sunderland’s best chance of taking an unlikely advantage might have arrived inside the opening 60 seconds when Jordan Pickford’s hurried clearance almost snapped the arm of Sanchez. In another world order, Sanchez would have been unable to continue and unavailable to cause all the havoc he did later on in the game
As it was, the only thing that got broken was the deadlock and not Sanchez’s arm. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain escaped down the right and crossed. It was a great cross. Kone was favourite to get his head to it first. Except he didn’t. In fact, he didn’t even move. Sanchez did. And he scored, heading powerfully past Pickford from six yards.
Arsenal were having no problems creating chances of their own. Sunderland, though, soon decided to lay three on a plate.
Patrick van Aanholt dithered in possession and was robbed. Arsenal broke and Alex Iwobi smashed narrowly over from 20 yards.
The hopelessly unfit and uninspiring Khazri was then booked when he dwelt on the ball and was pick-pocketed by Ozil, dragging the Arsenal midfielder to the floor. From the free-kick Sanchez curled over.
And Khazri was again guilty of wanting too much time as he drifted near his own area and Oxlade-Chamberlain stole before driving in on goal and drawing a low save from Pickford.
But the hosts were thrown a lifeline on 65 minutes. Didier Ndong dropped a high ball forward and, when Shkodran Mustafi hesitated, Duncan Watmore burst in. The winger was through on goal and looked to have rounded Petr Cech only to be toppled by the goalkeeper’s midriff. Yellow card. Penalty. Defoe stepped up and duly dispatched for his fifth of the season.
Moyes responded by introducing Adnan Januzaj for Steven Pienaar, perhaps sensing a winner. He should, in hindsight, have protected the point. As the former Man United man was anonymous from then.
Arsenal’s quick-fire treble began with Giroud – on the park for less than two minutes – connecting in from a Kieran Gibbs cross. And he had another goal when directing a looping nod beyond Pickford from Ozil’s corner.
The humiliation was complete when Sanchez skillfully hooked in from close range after Gibbs’ shot cracked the post and Aaron Ramsey returned the rebound into the six-yard area.
Cue the mass walkout of Fans of the home side. You have to feel for them, It must feel like a horrible Ground hog day experience seeing your Team struggle year in year out. Sam Allardyce got the best out of these lot with his Unique conservative style, perhaps it wouldn’t be a bad idea if Moyes does a quick look in the archives of last seasons closing games when Sunderland beat the drop..He may learn a thing or two.
Main talking points for me are Oxlade chamberlain’s jekyll and Hyde impact…this lad can go from the sublime to the ridiculous in Bugatti speed. He said it himself that he needs to start games more or he would leave the club..The more important matter is why he can’t match his ability which most fans know he possesses to consistency? He is a strange one to analyze this OX chap. His cross for Alexis Sanchez’s goal was superb coupled with the play before it. But after that Nothing from Ox..
With the tie against Ludogorets coming up, he may likely start & will do well to score there or put up a better performance in general otherwise he may lose even the cameos he enjoys.
Ozil seems more goal hungry this season than providing assists. His runs into attacking positions are as dangerous as they are timely..Only issue is that his finishing could use some work. That poor attempt to chip the Sunderland keeper in the first half was Laughable…as it was wasteful.
So its on to The Hugely anticipated North London derby next week and hopefully Walcott and Santi will be back. That promises to be a cracking game against the unbeaten Spurs.