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Headed effort from inside the area by Laurent Koscielny misses to the left of the goal.
Corner from left by-line taken by Andrey Arshavin.
Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Jack Colback is booked. Jack Colback gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere. Andrey Arshavin restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Danny Welbeck offside. Laurent Koscielny takes the direct free kick.
Andrey Arshavin is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.
Samir Nasri concedes a free kick for a foul on Sulley Muntari. Direct free kick taken by Sulley Muntari.
Sulley Muntari gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky. Andrey Arshavin restarts play with the free kick.
Jordan Henderson leaves the field to be replaced by Jack Colback. The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ahmed Elmohamady, Effort on goal by Stephane Sessegnon from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Samir Nasri receives a yellow card. Danny Welbeck fouled by Samir Nasri, the ref awards a free kick. Sulley Muntari takes the direct free kick.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Ahmed Elmohamady, Shot on goal by Titus Bramble from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jordan Henderson.
Laurent Koscielny shown a yellow card. Danny Welbeck fouled by Laurent Koscielny, the ref awards a free kick. Kieran Richardson takes the direct free kick.
Shot from close in by Andrey Arshavin misses to the left of the target.
Gael Clichy takes a shot. John Mensah gets a block in.
Ahmed Elmohamady comes on in place of Asamoah Gyan.
Vassiriki Diaby leaves the field to be replaced by Tomas Rosicky.
Effort on goal by Bacary Sagna from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
The ball is delivered by Bacary Sagna.
The ball is crossed by Jack Wilshere, Marouane Chamakh takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny by Stephane Sessegnon. Shot on goal comes in from Samir Nasri from the free kick, save by Simon Mignolet.
The ball is delivered by Nicklas Bendtner, clearance made by Anton Ferdinand.
Danny Welbeck joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steed Malbranque. The referee blows for offside against Marouane Chamakh. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
Andrey Arshavin fouled by Stephane Sessegnon, the ref awards a free kick. Andrey Arshavin produces a cross, Nicklas Bendtner produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Jack Wilshere booked for dissent.
Laurent Koscielny concedes a free kick for a foul on Asamoah Gyan. Free kick taken by Titus Bramble.
Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Marouane Chamakh is brought on as a substitute for Neves Denilson. Unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Neves Denilson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Jordan Henderson booked. Jordan Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Neves Denilson. Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.
Kieran Richardson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Gael Clichy takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Phillip Bardsley, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
Neves Denilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordan Henderson. Direct free kick taken by Sulley Muntari.
Steed Malbranque fouled by Samir Nasri, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Phillip Bardsley.
Short corner taken by Samir Nasri from the right by-line.
Nicklas Bendtner is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
The ball is sent over by Gael Clichy, clearance made by John Mensah.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri, Andrey Arshavin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Mignolet. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Bacary Sagna, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Nicklas Bendtner. Titus Bramble restarts play with the free kick.
Sulley Muntari takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Gael Clichy.
Centre by Stephane Sessegnon, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
Samir Nasri fouled by Phillip Bardsley, the ref awards a free kick. Bacary Sagna takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sulley Muntari on Vassiriki Diaby. Direct free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Samir Nasri, clearance made by Titus Bramble.
Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jack Wilshere, overhead kick shot by Nicklas Bendtner. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Samir Nasri sends in a cross, clearance by John Mensah.
Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Jack Wilshere gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Mensah by Laurent Koscielny. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley by Nicklas Bendtner results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
The referee blows for offside against Jordan Henderson. Laurent Koscielny takes the direct free kick.
Booking for Kieran Richardson. Foul by Kieran Richardson on Neves Denilson, free kick awarded. Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Henderson by Andrey Arshavin. Stephane Sessegnon restarts play with the free kick.
Jack Wilshere has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.
The ball is crossed by Bacary Sagna, clearance by Titus Bramble.
Bacary Sagna concedes a free kick for a foul on Steed Malbranque. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Foul by Anton Ferdinand on Andrey Arshavin, free kick awarded. Johan Djourou takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna, clearance made by Phillip Bardsley.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Kieran Richardson challenges Vassiriki Diaby unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.
Phillip Bardsley has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
Jordan Henderson takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
Foul by Nicklas Bendtner on John Mensah, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Jordan Henderson sends in a cross, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Short corner taken by Jordan Henderson.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Asamoah Gyan. Direct free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.
Wenger obsessed with Sunderland game
Arsene Wenger has urged his Arsenal team to pounce on Manchester United's slip-up in the Barclays Premier League title race.
Wenger insists his "obsession" is beating Sunderland at Emirates Stadium after United's midweek loss at Chelsea left the Gunners trailing by four points with a game in hand.
Victory against the Black Cats would pile pressure on Sir Alex Ferguson's side, who travel to Liverpool on Sunday.
Wenger wants his players to put Tuesday night's eagerly awaited Champions League showdown with Barcelona out of their minds and concentrate on domestic issues.
"The championship is very important. Personally, I cannot believe we play Barcelona next week because my obsession is really Sunderland," he said.
"The obsession is more than the Champions League because for me it's highly important that we take advantage of our situation in the Premier League.
"We battled everywhere since the start of the season against many specialist opinions that we have no chance at all.
"Now that we are in this situation, it would be very dramatic if we would not consider the importance of the game on Saturday."
Midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song will miss the visit of Sunderland and face a race to be fit for Barcelona.
"They are still improving for the Barcelona game. They have a chance," said Wenger.
"Fabregas at the moment has a stronger chance than Song, but they have a chance."
Aaron Ramsey is included in the squad and could make his first Arsenal appearance since breaking his leg at Stoke in February last year.
Meanwhile, Steve Bruce is convinced Sunderland can finish the season on a high as long as they can ride out the final few weeks of an injury nightmare.
The Black Cats head for Arsenal desperate to bring an end to a run of four successive Barclays Premier League defeats in the most trying of circumstances.
In addition, Bruce and his players travel with key men once again left behind in the treatment room.
The Black Cats have been without the likes of Michael Turner, Lee Cattermole, David Meyler, Fraizer Campbell and Danny Welbeck for months, and with Nedum Onuoha and Bolo Zenden having joined them on the casualty list and keeper Craig Gordon heading for Sweden to consult a specialist over his niggling knee problem on Monday, the manager's options are severely limited.
Welbeck could make the squad after returning to full training after his own knee injury and Turner, Cattermole and Campbell are expected to be available within weeks, and that would come as a welcome relief in the face of a costly run of defeats.
Bruce said: "The thing you look for is that resilience to get you out of it. We have got to try to get over the next two or three games and get over March if we can.
"After that, we have got eight or nine games where you look, on paper anyway, and think we have still got an outstanding chance.
"The eight or nine coming back will freshen us up. They will be champing at the bit and we will need that.
"It will give the whole place a lift when we get them back training again.
"I don't think I have been involved in anything like now when we have got nine - and probably six of them have been out for three months or more, and some of them have been out for six months, which is cruel, it really, really is."
Dogged Black Cats hold Gunners
Arsenal were left frustrated in their quest to close the gap on Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United as Sunderland battled through a goalless draw at Emirates Stadium.
After Sunderland started brightly, the Gunners, who head to Barcelona on Tuesday for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash, gained the upper hand, as Nicklas Bendtner's angled shot was tipped over by man of the match Simon Mignolet.
The crossbar saved Sunderland in the second half, while Andrey Arshavin should have been given a penalty and then had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside.
Arsenal were looking to close the gap on United, who play at Liverpool tomorrow, down to just one point following an unbeaten league run of 10 games.
Sunderland, meanwhile, were out to avoid a fifth successive defeat after showing such promise earlier in the campaign and a first win at Arsenal since 1983.
There was an early chance for Steve Bruce's men when Jordan Henderson got into the right side of the Arsenal penalty area and his cross was cut out by Gael Clichy.
Arsenal could have been forgiven if they had other things on their minds, with the trip to Barcelona on the horizon.
It took a while for the beaten Carling Cup finalists to settle as Sunderland continued to enjoy the better of the early possession.
Arsenal suddenly burst to life on 10 minutes as Bendtner was inches away from connecting with Clichy's low centre across the six-yard box, before Samir Nasri's curling effort was well held by Sunderland keeper Mignolet.
However, it needed a good save from Wojciech Szczesny - whose last-minute blunder cost Arsenal so dear at Wembley - to deny Stephane Sessegnon the opener on 17 minutes after the Benin midfielder was left too much space on the right of the Arsenal penalty box.
The atmosphere inside Emirates Stadium was somewhat muted, as the home crowd grew increasingly frustrated at Arsenal's lack of usual fluid passing game.
Arshavin got ahead of Titus Bramble at the edge of the Sunderland area, only for the ball to run through to the keeper.
Nasri showed great close control to weave into the penalty box, but his near post shot was deflected behind.
From the resulting corner, Bendtner's acrobatic overhead kick went straight at the keeper.
As half-time approached, Jack Wilshere chipped the ball through to Bendtner down the right side of the box, and his half volley was dipping into the far corner - but Mignolet tipped it over.
Arsenal were in need of some inspiration if they were to capitalise on United's midweek defeat at Chelsea.
Sunderland, though, continued to hassle the Gunners at the start of the second half.
Both teams went through a spell of being unable to hold onto the ball, adding to the sense of frustration.
Substitute Marouane Chamakh almost had an instant impact just after the hour as he burst down the right and squared for Arshavin, but his first-time shot was saved at the near post by Mignolet.
Arsenal fans upped the volume, yet Sunderland refused to buckle.
Arsenal had a free-kick just outside the area when Wilshere was tripped by Sessegnon. Nasri lifted it over the wall, but Mignolet touched it onto the crossbar before it was hacked clear.
The same woodwork saved Sunderland again when Chamakh crashed in his header from Wilshere's cross, before Bacary Sagna drilled an angled shot just over.
Arshavin darted onto Nasri's throughball ahead of Bramble, but just as he was about to pull the trigger, the Russian was pushed in the back by the stumbling defender - but the referee failed to give a penalty.
It was a massive let-off for Sunderland, who almost snatched the lead when Danny Welbeck's shot on the turn was pushed wide by Szczesny.
Arshavin looked to have beaten the offside trap as he rounded the keeper, but the assistant on the far side flagged - even though replays showed the Russian level with the Sunderland right-back.
Arsenal continued to press through four minutes of stoppage time, but in the end were left frustrated.
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