Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal- Match Report
Report of match 9th February 2013
Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal- Match Report.
Cazorla sinks Black Cats
Santi Cazorla fired 10-man Arsenal to a 1-0 victory at Sunderland as Arsene Wenger saw his side survive a late onslaught.
The Spaniard struck 10 minutes before the break to give the Gunners a deserved lead as Black Cats keeper Simon Mignolet turned in another fine display to otherwise keep them at bay.
However, the 62nd-minute dismissal of defender Carl Jenkinson, who was only included after Laurent Koscielny injured himself during the warm-up, for a second bookable offence left the Londoners hanging on in front of a crowd of 46,402.
Steven Fletcher had earlier passed up a glorious opportunity to level but, even after Jenkinson's departure, Arsenal had chances and Theo Walcott was unfortunate to see a 75th-minute effort come back off the post.
However, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny spared Per Mertesacker's blushes three minutes later when he blocked Fletcher's shot after he had charged down the defender's attempted clearance and the visitors managed to see the game out amid a frenzied conclusion.
In a promising start, Black Cats midfielder Alfred N'Diaye looped a first-minute header over Szczesny's crossbar and only seconds more had elapsed when Walcott forced Mignolet to make the first of what proved to be a series of important saves.
Lee Cattermole, returning to the Sunderland side after a knee injury, needed less than two minutes to find his way into referee Anthony Taylor's notebook for a late challenge on Aaron Ramsey.
Walcott was making life difficult for left-back Danny Rose and Mignolet came to the rescue once again with four minutes gone after the England international ran in on goal.
But as the half wore on, the Black Cats started to make an impression and it took an important block by Jenkinson to repel Stephane Sessegnon's firmly-struck 16th-minute effort after he had escaped from Nacho Monreal and Mikel Arteta on the right.
Fletcher sent a looping header towards Szczesny's goal seconds later but as play switched swiftly to the other end, Olivier Giroud dragged a left-foot shot wide of the far post.
Mignolet threw himself to his left to turn away Ramsey's stinging 32nd-minute drive but the respite proved only temporary.
The visitors finally took the lead three minutes later when Jack Wilshere and Walcott combined to set up Cazorla on the edge of the box and he drilled a low shot past Mignolet.
Walcott came close to extending his side's lead two minutes before with a strike which drifted wide of the post but Ramsey would have done so had it not been for Mignolet's excellence in stoppage time, the keeper blocking his effort at point-blank range after he had waltzed through a static defence in pursuit of Giroud's pass.
Wilshere's 50th-minute departure after he was fouled by N'Diaye removed one threat for the home side but added Abou Diaby's physicality to the mix.
However, Sebastian Larsson, a half-time replacement for Cattermole, forced Mertesacker to head behind uncertainly from a 52nd-minute free-kick.
Giroud pushed a left-foot shot just wide of the far post with 56 minutes gone but Sunderland should have been back on terms two minutes later.
Ramsey was caught in possession on halfway to allow Sessegnon to race upfield and lay the ball into Fletcher's path.
The Scotland international looked odds-on to take his tally to the season to 11 but uncharacteristically sliced his left-foot effort wide of the post.
Cazorla almost made him pay three minutes later but sent his drive past the far post.
However, Sunderland received a boost seconds later when Jenkinson, who had been booked for a ninth-minute foul on Jack Colback, scythed Sessegnon down and received a second yellow card.
Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill went for broke with 22 minutes remaining when he sent on Danny Graham to rapturous applause, in stark contrast to the reception he received on his last appearance at the Stadium of Light as he closed in on his move from Swansea.
But Arsenal should really have extended their lead with Diaby and Cazorla going close and Walcott hitting the post after chipping an effort over the advancing Mignolet.
Mertesacker's 78th-minute blunder handed Fletcher another golden opportunity but Szczesny was equal to the task and the Poland international produced another excellent save five minutes from time to keep out the Scot's goalbound header.
Defender Titus Bramble could have snatched a points seconds later but he could not direct his close-range effort at goal and Szczesny kept out Adam Johnson's injury-time effort with another good save.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Stadium of Light Attendance: 46,402|
||0 - 1||Arsenal
|90+4||Craig Gardner sends in a cross, clearance by Bacary Sagna. Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson.|
|90+4||Effort on goal by Santi Cazorla from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.|
|90+3||Shot from just outside the box by Olivier Giroud goes over the crossbar.|
|90+2||Stephane Sessegnon produces a cross, Vassiriki Diaby manages to make a clearance.|
|90+2||The ball is swung over by Adam Johnson, Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.|
|90+2||Sebastian Larsson takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Olivier Giroud.|
|90+2||Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line to the near post, Vassiriki Diaby makes a clearance.|
|90+1||Shot by Adam Johnson from 25 yards. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.|
|89||Foul by David Vaughan on Mikel Arteta, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.|
|89||The ball is delivered by Adam Johnson, clearance by Bacary Sagna.|
|89||Craig Gardner takes a shot. Clearance by Bacary Sagna.|
|88||Corner taken short by Mikel Arteta.|
|88||The ball is swung over by Aaron Ramsey, clearance by Titus Bramble.|
|86||David Vaughan has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.|
|86||The ball is sent over by Adam Johnson, Mikel Arteta makes a clearance.|
|85||Mikel Arteta concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Graham. Theo Walcott goes off and Ignasi Miquel comes on. Free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson.|
|84||Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny. Corner taken by Adam Johnson, Close range shot by Titus Bramble misses to the left of the target.|
|84||Sebastian Larsson takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Aaron Ramsey makes a clearance.|
|84||David Vaughan sends in a cross, clearance made by Vassiriki Diaby.|
|82||Unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Theo Walcott results in a free kick. Theo Walcott is cautioned. Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.|
|81||The offside flag is raised against Craig Gardner. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.|
|81||David Vaughan on for Danny Rose.|
|80||Shot by Craig Gardner. Per Mertesacker gets a block in.|
|80||Craig Gardner produces a cross.|
|78||The ball is swung over by Danny Rose, Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance.|
|77||Craig Gardner crosses the ball, save by Wojciech Szczesny.|
|77||Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.|
|76||Theo Walcott is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.|
|75||Jack Colback is given a yellow card.|
|74||Effort from inside the penalty area by Theo Walcott hits the post.|
|73||Shot on goal by Santi Cazorla from just inside the area goes over the target.|
|72||Sebastian Larsson produces a cross, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.|
|72||Centre by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Aaron Ramsey.|
|72||Inswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Olivier Giroud.|
|70||Adam Johnson takes a corner.|
|70||Stephane Sessegnon produces a cross.|
|68||Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.|
|68||Shot by Santi Cazorla. John O'Shea gets a block in.|
|67||Steven Fletcher is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Danny Graham is brought on as a substitute for Alfred N'Diaye. Indirect free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.|
|66||Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Adam Johnson, Nacho Monreal makes a clearance.|
|66||The ball is crossed by Craig Gardner.|
|65||Olivier Giroud has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.|
|63||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose by Theo Walcott. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.|
|62||Unfair challenge on Santi Cazorla by Titus Bramble results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.|
|60||Santi Cazorla produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.|
|57||Steven Fletcher produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|56||Adam Johnson takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.|
|55||Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Olivier Giroud goes wide of the right-hand upright.|
|55||A cross is delivered by Olivier Giroud, clearance by Danny Rose.|
|53||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Sebastian Larsson. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.|
|52||The ball is crossed by Danny Rose, Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.|
|52||Stephane Sessegnon takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Mikel Arteta gets a block in.|
|51||Corner taken by Adam Johnson played to the near post, Vassiriki Diaby makes a clearance.|
|51||Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Ramsey on Danny Rose. Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.|
|48||Alfred N'Diaye challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Vassiriki Diaby is brought on as a substitute for Jack Wilshere. Santi Cazorla restarts play with the free kick.|
|45||Sebastian Larsson is brought on as a substitute for Lee Cattermole.|
|44||Olivier Giroud concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Cattermole. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.|
|44||The ball is sent over by Olivier Giroud, blocked by Craig Gardner.|
|43||Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.|
|43||Centre by Nacho Monreal, Titus Bramble manages to make a clearance.|
|42||Theo Walcott produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.|
|40||Danny Rose crosses the ball, Wojciech Szczesny makes a comfortable save.|
|38||The ball is crossed by Jack Wilshere, Danny Rose manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Jack Wilshere, clearance made by Titus Bramble.|
|34||Goal scored by Santi Cazorla from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Theo Walcott.|
|31||Shot from 20 yards by Aaron Ramsey. Save made by Simon Mignolet.|
|31||Craig Gardner crosses the ball, clearance made by Bacary Sagna.|
|29||Craig Gardner produces a cross.|
|27||The ball is sent over by Aaron Ramsey, clearance made by John O'Shea.|
|26||Adam Johnson crosses the ball.|
|25||The referee blows for offside. Per Mertesacker takes the free kick.|
|22||Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.|
|21||Foul by Jack Wilshere on Lee Cattermole, free kick awarded. Titus Bramble takes the direct free kick.|
|18||The assistant referee signals for offside against Adam Johnson. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.|
|17||Mikel Arteta challenges Steven Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Gardner.|
|16||Effort on goal by Olivier Giroud from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.|
|16||Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a comfortable save.|
|15||Nacho Monreal gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon. Craig Gardner takes the free kick.|
|15||Centre by Stephane Sessegnon, clearance by Carl Jenkinson.|
|13||Carl Jenkinson challenges Steven Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Rose.|
|12||Olivier Giroud produces a drilled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Save by Simon Mignolet.|
|10||The ball is delivered by Jack Colback, clearance by Per Mertesacker.|
|9||Aaron Ramsey challenges Lee Cattermole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.|
|9||Mikel Arteta fouled by Alfred N'Diaye, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.|
|7||Unfair challenge on Jack Colback by Carl Jenkinson results in a free kick. Carl Jenkinson receives a yellow card. Free kick crossed by Craig Gardner, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.|
|6||Mikel Arteta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alfred N'Diaye. John O'Shea takes the free kick.|
|4||Lee Cattermole challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Ramsey.|
|3||Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.|
|2||Craig Gardner takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.|
|1||Lee Cattermole goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.|
|1||Shot from 18 yards from Theo Walcott. Save made by Simon Mignolet.|
|-||Craig Gardner sends in a cross, Alfred N'Diaye has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.|