It wasn’t a satisfactory win at all but in the end we still got the 3 points that we came for. Aaron Ramsey scored twice as Arsenal beat Sunderland in contentious circumstances.
Arsenal debutant Mesut Ozil set up Olivier Giroud for an early strike, with Craig Gardner equalising from the spot after the break. But after Ramsey volleyed in, the game turned when Jozy Altidore was denied a goal after referee Martin Atkinson failed to play an advantage. Ramsey scored a fine second to earn Arsenal’s fifth consecutive win. There was a Sunderland goal disallowed for being offside in the second half and an another just a few minutes after Arsenal scored their second goal; that was the weirdest decision – the ref chose to stick to his whistle for a fowl on Craig Gardner, who went on to score! But the goal was disallowed and a close range free kick was given instead.
At that point it looked as if Arsenal would indeed survive and my prediction of a 3-1 win did come true. In the 75th minute, Ramsey scores with a right foot finish. More troubling for Arsenal & Wenger is that Giroud was taken off injured towards the end of the match. With Podoslki already out injured for a few weeks, we can’t have Giroud out as well