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Stadium of Light (ATT 40,312) 11th February 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: N Swarbrick

S'land Sunderland vs Arsenal Arsenal

S'land 1

J McClean (70)


Arsenal 2

A Ramsey (75)
T Henry (90+1)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 4:53 pm, February 11th 2012

  1. 90+4

    FULL-TIME:It's all over and Arsenal have won it 2-1 thanks to Henry's last-gasp goal after Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to cancel out James McClean's opener for Sunderland.

  2. 90+4

    Arteta is down holding his leg after getting caught by Sessegnon, but the Sunderland man escapes any action.

  3. 90+ 1

    GOAL: Henry looks like he has grabbed the winner for Arsenal as he gets on the end of Arshavin's superb cross to volley past Mignolet.

  4. 90

    There will be four minutes of added time at the end of the 90 minutes.

  5. 90

    Terrible misjudgement from Koscielny gives Ji a sight of goal on the edge of the box, but he drags his shot wide of the target.

  6. 89

    Van Persie has a chance to score as he has a free header from Arshavin's cross, but his effort is straight at Mignolet.

  7. 86

    Sunderland make a change of their own as Ji Dong-won replaces the tiring Campbell.

  8. 86

    Arshavin comes on for Walcott.

  9. 84

    Campbell seems to be struggling with a knock, but he is trying to play on.

  10. 80

    Ten minutes left and Arsenal are now in control as they go in search of a winner.

  11. 77

    From the free-kick the ball drops to O'Shea, but he fails to connect with the ball and Arsenal manage to clear the danger.

  12. 77

    Rosicky is booked for kicking the ball away after Vermaelen brings down Campbell on the edge of the box. A bit of confusion who actually got booked Rosicky or Vermaelen.

  13. 75

    Arsenal equalise as Ramsey with almost his first touch draws the visitors level as he fires in a shot from the edge of the box which comes off the post and across the line onto the other post before spinning into the net.

  14. 71

    Aaron Ramsey comes on for the stricken Mertesacker.

  15. 70

    Mertesacker is still down and it looks like he has picked up a bad injury as he is stretchered off the pitch.

  16. 70

    GOAL: McClean fires Sunderland in front as he capitalises on Mertesacker going down after stumbling over himself and the young winger drills his shot past Szczesny from an acute angle.

  17. 66

    Oxlade-Chamberlain is replaced by Thierry Henry in the first change of the game.

  18. 64

    Sunderland are now calling the tune and are putting pressure on the Arsenal defence.

  19. 63

    Sunderland go close to scoring as Gardner volleys from the edge of the box, but Szczesny is down well to keep out the effort. Best moment of the game so far.

  20. 60

    Larsson's corner is cleared at the near-post and the ball drops to Gardner on the edge of the box who fires in a shot which is brilliantly saved by Szczesny and Sunderland's forwards are then caught offside as they try to latch onto the rebound.

  21. 59

    Good move from Sunderland as Colback slips in Campbell down the right and he fires a cross which no one can get on the end of it. Better from the home side.

  22. 57

    Sunderland starting to live dangerously as they keep giving the ball away to Arsenal.

  23. 55

    Sloppy stuff from Sunderland as Gardner's pass towards McClean is poor and runs straight out of play. Distinct lack of quality in the game.

  24. 52

    Mertesacker fires a pass at Walcott which the winger can't control and the ball goes out of the play. Walcott not happy with his team-mates intended pass.

  25. 51

    Gardner's shot from the free-kick is poor, but it falls to O'Shea inside the box, but he blasts his shot well over the top.

  26. 50

    Sunderland win a free-kick 30 yards from goal after Arteta trips up Gardner to bring ironic cheers from the home fans.

  27. 49

    Colback and Mignolet almost get themselves caught up in a right muddle as they concede a needless corner. The corner comes to nothing as Sunderland clear the danger.

  28. 48

    Vermaelen tries his luck from fully 35 yards out, but the ball is blocked.

  29. 47

    Arsenal back on the front foot at the start of the second half, but Sunderland defending well in numbers.

  30. 46

    Restart : Arsenal get the second half underway and there no changes at the break.

  31. The referee brings the first half to a close and it is goalless at the break and not a lot to report with chances few and far between. What does each manager need to do at the break? Email me at Peter.O', or tweet me @skysportspeteo

  32. 45+1

    Sunderland win a corner in what will be the last action of the first half. Larsson's corner is flicked on by O'Shea at the near post, but no one can get on the end of it and Arsenal clear the danger.

  33. 45

    There will be one minute of added time at the end of the opening 45 minutes.

  34. 45

    Arteta takes charge from the free-kick, but his effort is blocked by the wall.

  35. 45

    Campbell is booked for a foul on Van Persie on the edge of the box. Chance for Arsenal to strike just before the break.

  36. 44

    Walcott fails to control the ball and the ball runs out of play. Sums up the game so far - very disappointing.

  37. 41

    Great block from Colback to keep out Rosicky's shot inside the box.

  38. 39

    Another penalty claim for Sunderland as Sagna blocks off Campbell inside the box, but the referee again ignores the home appeals.

  39. 39

    Strong claims for a penalty from the home side as the ball strikes the stumbling Mertesacker inside the box, but the referee waves away the appeals suggesting the handball was accidental.

  40. 35

    Bit of a lull in the game with both sides cancelling each other out.

  41. 32

    Nice move from Arsenal, but Rosicky's pass to Walcott is overhit and runs out of the play. The Czech midfielder really should have done better there

  42. 30

    Song picks out Walcott with a superb pass, but his ambitious volley flies well over the crossbar.

  43. 29

    Great tackle from Turner on Van Persie inside the box. If he got that wrong that was a certain penalty, but good defending from the Sunderland defender.

  44. 26

    Sunderland doubling up on Oxlade-Chamberlain and he overhits the ball out of play.

  45. 25

    25 minutes gone at the Stadium of Light and Arsenal now on top and probing for an opening, but good pressing from the home side.

  46. 23

    Arsenal go close as they catch Sunderland on the break as Van Persie slips in Walcott and he fires in a shot across the face of goal and wide.

  47. 20

    Mertesacker fails to get on the end of Van Persie's free-kick and Sunderland clear the danger. Decent opening that for Arsenal.

  48. 19

    Richardson is the first player to be booked for a late tackle on Sagna.

  49. 18

    Szczesny and Koscielny almost get themselves in a muddle in dealing with a long ball upfield before Szczesny finally clears he danger.

  50. 16

    The tackles are flying in and Sagna is penalised for a foul on McClean. The game is warming up nicley in the cold conditions.

  51. 15

    Colback's corner is a carbon-copy of his first as he swings in right under the crossbar and Szczesny collects unchallenged on his own line.

  52. 14

    Good pressure from Sunderland as Campbell's shot is deflected wide for a corner off Song.

  53. 13

    Sunderland are now enjoying a bit more of the ball as they come into the game.

  54. 11

    Sunderland win a corner as McClean's cross is diverted behind by Sagna. Larsson's delivery is flicked over the crossbar by McClean at the front post.

  55. 9

    Van Persie is caught offside as he tries to get in on goal. Close decision mind.

  56. 8

    Colback's inswinging corner is caught on his line by Szczesny.

  57. 6

    Szczesny is quickly off his line to clear Koscielny's weak backpass before Sessegnon can close him down.

  58. 5

    Vermaelen almost gets on the end of Van Persie's corner as he challenges Mignolet for the ball, but the Sunderland defence manage to clear the danger.

  59. 4

    Campbell is given a ticking off by the referee after a late tackle on Koscielny.

  60. 2

    Arsenal win the first corner of the day as Richardson blocks Sagna's intended cross. Turner heads away Van Persie's cross.

  61. 1

    Bright early start from Arsenal as they are dominating possession early on.

  62. >b>Kick-off :Sunderland get the game underway at the Stadium of Light.

  63. The two teams are out on the pitch and we are ready for action.

  64. The Black Cats have won three on the bounce but Arsenal start as 11/10 favs. Martin O'Neill's men are 12/5 as is the draw. The in-form Fraizer Campbell is 7/1 to grab the 1st goal while the prolific Robin Van Persie is 7/2 to strike first.

  65. Email me at Peter.O', or tweet me @skysportspeteo with your score predictions and first goalscorers.

  66. What are your predicitions for today then?

  67. I look forward to hearing from you and I will endeavour to post as many of your thoughts, opinions and reaction as I can.

  68. Feel free to air your opinions throughout the game. You can contact me direct at Peter.O' or tweet me at @skysportspeteo.

  69. If you fancy a flutter on today's game the latest odds are in from Skybet: Sunderland 12/5 Draw 12/5 Arsenal 11/10

  70. Arsenal XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Song, Arteta, Rosicky, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Van Persie.

  71. Sunderland XI: Mignolet, Bardsley, Richardson, O'Shea, Turner, Larsson, McClean, Colback, Gardner, Sessegnon, Campbell.

  72. The teams are in...

  73. Welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary of Sunderland's Premier League game against Arsenal from the Stadium of Light.



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