Last Updated at 3:24 pm, October 16th 2011
90 + 5
FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 2 SUNDERLAND 1
Arsenal are furiously claiming for a penalty for handball. But, again, Webb is not interested. Gardner comes on in place of Cattermole.
Van Persie shows anything Larsson can do, he can do the same. The Arsenal captain sends an effort curling into the top left corner of the Sunderland goal. Sublime free-kick. Van Persie, though, is booked for taking his shirt off in his celebration.
GOAL VAN PERSIE (2-1)!!!
Sessegnon slowly makes his way off to be replaced by Wickham
Arsenal bring on Benayoun in place of Rosicky, who can hold his head up as one of the better players today.
Bruce decides to replace goalscorer Larsson with Dong-Won Ji, while Arsenal bring on Arshavin in place of Gervinho.
Koscielny is the latest player to be booked for bringing down Sessegnon.
Walcott has far too much pace for Brown and is clobbered on the edge of the box. Webb will never give a more obvious yellow card.
Song is the third play to be shown a yellow card in a burst of bookings. He took Sessegnon's legs from behind.
Van Persie attempts to break forward, but is hauled back by Larsson, who knew what he was doing. Yellow card is the correct decision from referee Webb.
Vaughan is the first player to be booked today after scything down Rosicky, who had used an uncharacteristic burst of pace to charge forward from midfield.
At the break in play, Arsenal replace the injured Gibbs with Santos. Sunderland comfortably clear the corner.
Ricardo says: "Now it's half time i think Wenger will sort Arsenal out and we will cruise again. 4-1 to Arsenal with a Van Persie hat trick and Walcott to score as well."
Stephen Salem says: "This game just goes to prove Arsenal's defence has let them down again. They were cruising and were playing with a sense of top, world class club, but now, they are rattled and are unable to pick themselves up. This has happened so many times for Arsenal and is the reason they drop so many points, and yet, although Arsene Wenger is a top manager, he does nothing about it."
Kevin Kaliisa says: "The equaliser shouldn't shatter Arsenal's confidence but give them a reason to soldier on and win this game."
John Spencer says: "Good Half For Both Teams But Think The Mighty Arsenal Will Win 3-1 With Rvp! To Bag His Hatrick!"
Sky Bet say: "Arsenal's fine start has been cancelled out by Larsson's free-kick, but we still make the Gooners 4/6 to pick up the win with Van Persie 7/2 favourite to score the next goal. The draw is available at 7/4, with the 1-1 priced at 7/2; an unlikely Sunderland win is 6/1."
45 + 2
HALF-TIME: ARSENAL 1 SUNDERLAND 1
GOAL LARSSON (1-1)!!!
GOAL VAN PERSIE (1-0)!!!
Joe Hussein says: "Robin Van Persie is 100% behind us! But if he does decide to go, I wouldn't blame him."
Mark Augias says: "One poor start in 15 or so years and everyone seems to think we're a mid-table side, I don't get it? 2-0 today, rosicky +RVP!"
Paul Robinson is thinking long-term and pulling no punches. He says: "After all the money Bruce has spent over the last three years, we travel to arsenal with 1 fit eligible striker and he doesn't even start him......Bruce has to go and the sooner the better....I'll be rooting for the gunners today in a speculate to accumulate situation to get him on the dole quicker."
Brett Moore says: "That back four looks so vulnerable. 3-2 win for the Gunners."
Mosbourne1 says via twitter: "Walcott hat trick..my fantasy league team needs you Theo!!! Come on Gooners!!"
Tam Kinnear-Swift says: "I can't understand why Jenkinson is playing at right-back. OK, so Sagna is injured, but surely, even out of position, Santos is stronger defensively than Jenkinson, who has been found out on more than one occasion so far this season."
John Spencer says via twitter: "Let's hope Arsenal get back to winning ways today and hope he buys a couple of quality defenders in January."
The bookies have been in touch. They say: "Sky Bet are backing Wenger in the battle between the under-pressure managers against Bruce's Sunderland. Arsenal are 2/5 to pick up the win at the Emirates, while Sunderland are available at 15/2. The draw is 7/2. Van Persie starts up front for Arsenal and is 11/4 to net first, while Gervinho is available at 9/2. For Sunderland, Sessegnon is rated the best chance of a goal. He is 3/1 to score this afternoon at any time."
Surin says via twitter: "Arsenal will win 5-0 today. We have a good team and no-one will stop us."
Eoin McSweeny says: "Reckon Arsenal to win comfortably today, but this will only disguise the major flaws in defence for the gunners. 3-1 arsenal, van Persie gets two!"
Hasnaat Sahi is the first person to get in touch this afternoon, saying: "I think Wenger should play Santos."
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