Arsenal ended their three game streak without a victory in the Premier League as they beat Sunderland 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium in London on Saturday’s night. If you think that this game was easy for Arsenal, because they scored two more goals than their opponents, then you are completely wrong! Arsene Wenger’s side have left their hearts on the pitch, but they finally managed to beat Sunderland.

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Arsene Wenger admitted at the press conference before the game that his team has struggled to find a proper rhythm against low-rated opponents, who are focusing more on defense than offense. He talked about games against Norwich and West Bromwich Albion, where Arsenal had problems with confirming their domination on the pitch.

“It is really difficult to break their defense, we have about 70 percent possession and far more shots than our opponents, but we concede three goals.

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Sunderland is well-organized, they have a strong defensive system and it will be hard to attack, but I think that our offensive players have enough quality to break them down,” Arsene Wenger said.

Arsenal started the game strong as they had couple of chances to beat Sunderland’s goalkeeper. The visitors played well in defense, crushing down Arsenal’s attacks in the first half. But The Gunners managed to score in the 33rd minute, when Mesut Ozil delivered a perfect through ball to Joel Campbell, who used his terrific speed to beat his opponent and made no mistake by putting the ball under Costel Pantilimon.

Sunderland got back level shortly before the break, when Olivier Giroud put the ball into his own net. Yann M’Vila whipped it into the penalty box and the Frenchman mistakenly cleared the ball with his left foot and ricocheted it into Petr Cech’s goal.

After the break, Olivier Giroud came from zero to hero as he took advantage of great pass from Aaron Ramsey and headed the ball past Sunderland’s goalkeeper.

It was his 17th headed goal – more than any other player in the Premier League since he has joined Arsenal in the  2012/2013 season. 

After taking the lead Arsenal began to slow down the pace of the game, but they managed to score another goal in the extra-time, when Aaron Ramsey put the ball into the net from the close range.

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