Arsenal 3 - 1 Sunderland

Joel Campbell, Aaron Ramsey, and Olivier Giroud all scored as Arsenal came back from a goal down to beat Sunderland 3-1 at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Sunderland matched the hosts stride for stride in the opening period, and went ahead when some risky defending allowed Jeremain Lens to pick it off Laurent Koscielny's toes and thump in the opener.

But Arsenal were back level soon afterwards when a trademark moved saw Theo Walcott break forward down the left and square it for Joel Campbell to slot home the equaliser.

The Gunners then won the match with two goals in three second-half minutes. Hector Bellerin's barnstorming runs down the right flank saw the Spaniard assist both goals, laying it off for Aaron Ramsey and then Olivier Giroud to tuck home.

Although Arsenal had a few early chances Sunderland were definitely up for it early on, and took the lead in the 17th minute when Jermaine Lens robbed Laurent Koscielny on the edge of the Arsenal box and pounded the ball past Petr Cech to open the scoring.

Arsenal almost struck back soon afterwards, with Alex Iwobi charging through three Sunderland defenders and into the box, but he was forced a bit wide and couldn't squeeze his effort past Sebastian Coates.

Arsenal were level in the 25th minute when Kieran Gibbs and Theo Walcott worked the ball down the left flank, with the latter squaring it for Joel Campbell to slot home first-time.

Arsenal came close early in the second half when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found space for a shot which hit the post and bounced back out to the right flank and into the path of Walcott, but he could only blast his effort wide of the far post on the rebound.

The Gunners then put themselves ahead in the 75nd minute. Hector Bellerin came galloping down the right flank and used a neat one-two to get him past the Sunderland defence and square the ball for Aaron Ramsey, who was perfectly positioned to side-foot it past the keeper at the near post.

Arsenal were two goals ahead just three minutes later, with Bellerin getting another assist. The Spaniard found space down the right and picked out Olivier Giroud at the far post, who did his part with a cool finish.

Giroud was on target again 83 minutes in. This time the cross came in from Gibbs on the left. The Frenchman was not well positioned to meet it, but still managed to guide his header goal wards, although it wasn't going to get past Cousins.

10/01/16

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