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Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Craig Gardner. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
Connor Wickham takes a shot. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Ahmed Elmohamady. Clarindo Andre Santos takes the free kick.
Kieran Richardson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yossi Benayoun. Direct free kick taken by Robin van Persie.
Yossi Benayoun takes a shot. Wes Brown gets a block in.
Short corner worked by Robin van Persie.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Kieran Richardson gets a block in.
Lee Cattermole leaves the field to be replaced by Craig Gardner.
Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.
Connor Wickham takes a shot. Laurent Koscielny gets a block in. Dong-Won Ji is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
Robin van Persie is booked.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie by Wes Brown. Robin van Persie hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Arsenal 2-1 Sunderland.
Mikel Arteta has a volleyed shot. Lee Cattermole gets a block in.
Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line to the near post, Connor Wickham makes a clearance.
Connor Wickham is brought on as a substitute for Stephane Sessegnon.
Short corner worked by Mikel Arteta.
Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Michael Turner gets a block in.
Foul by Yossi Benayoun on Lee Cattermole, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Lee Cattermole.
Yossi Benayoun comes on in place of Tomas Rosicky.
Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Cattermole.
Effort on goal by Andrey Arshavin from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Foul by Stephane Sessegnon on Alex Song, free kick awarded. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
Michael Turner is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Carl Jenkinson.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Vaughan, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Andrey Arshavin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Yao Gervinho.
(Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Dong-Won Ji coming on for Sebastian Larsson.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Foul by Laurent Koscielny on Stephane Sessegnon, free kick awarded. Laurent Koscielny is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson.
Theo Walcott fouled by Wes Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Wes Brown for unsporting behaviour. Theo Walcott has an effort direct from the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta to the near post, Lee Cattermole manages to make a clearance.
Alex Song fouled by Lee Cattermole, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex Song.
Tomas Rosicky fouled by John O'Shea, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta has an effort direct from the free kick.
Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephane Sessegnon. Alex Song receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by John O'Shea misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady on Alex Song, free kick awarded. Alex Song takes the free kick.
Robin van Persie fouled by Sebastian Larsson, the ref awards a free kick. Sebastian Larsson receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Per Mertesacker. Kieran Richardson restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Clarindo Andre Santos from a long way out goes over the target.
David Vaughan concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Rosicky. David Vaughan shown a yellow card. Clarindo Andre Santos restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robin van Persie, clearance made by John O'Shea.
(Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Clarindo Andre Santos coming on for Kieran Gibbs.
Kieran Richardson concedes a free kick for a foul on Robin van Persie. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick. Alex Song takes a shot. Michael Turner gets a block in.
Jack Colback produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on Jack Colback by Per Mertesacker results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Robin van Persie.
Alex Song takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.
Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, John O'Shea manages to make a clearance.
Carl Jenkinson delivers the ball, clearance made by David Vaughan.
Jack Colback gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny. Free kick taken by Kieran Gibbs.
Unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Alex Song results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Lee Cattermole challenges Tomas Rosicky unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
Foul by Lee Cattermole on Alex Song, free kick awarded. Alex Song takes the free kick.
Wes Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
Lee Cattermole takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a brilliant save.
Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Sebastian Larsson manages to make a clearance.
The referee gives a free kick against Mikel Arteta for handball. Sebastian Larsson grabs a goal direct from the free kick from long range to the top left corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-1 Sunderland.
Robin van Persie challenges Lee Cattermole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Sebastian Larsson.
The referee blows for offside against Kieran Gibbs. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mikel Arteta, Yao Gervinho takes a shot. Kieran Richardson gets a block in.
Yao Gervinho takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Sebastian Larsson. Carl Jenkinson restarts play with the free kick.
Yao Gervinho fouled by Michael Turner, the ref awards a free kick. Robin van Persie takes the free kick.
Shot by Kieran Richardson went wide of the right-hand upright.
The official flags Stephane Sessegnon offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kieran Gibbs.
Ahmed Elmohamady gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Song. Alex Song restarts play with the free kick.
Robin van Persie has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Yao Gervinho. Simon Mignolet takes the indirect free kick.
Jack Colback gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny. Free kick taken by Tomas Rosicky.
Robin van Persie has an effort at goal from the edge of the area hitting the post.
Sebastian Larsson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Ahmed Elmohamady has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Corner taken by Mikel Arteta played to the near post, clearance made by Lee Cattermole.
Robin van Persie delivers the ball, clearance by John O'Shea.
Foul by Kieran Richardson on Theo Walcott, free kick awarded. Mikel Arteta crosses the ball in from the free kick, Wes Brown manages to make a clearance.
Laurent Koscielny challenges Stephane Sessegnon unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from right channel, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
Robin van Persie gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Sunderland.Yao Gervinho provided the assist for the goal.
Jenkinson set for Gunners start
Carl Jenkinson is likely to replace right-back Bacary Sagna against Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Sagna fractured a fibula in the derby defeat at Tottenham and is due to be out for a minimum of three months.
Tomas Rosicky should be available after suffering a groin problem on international duty with the Czech Republic while Laurent Koscieln and Johan Djourou are also fit
Abou Diaby has resumed training and should be back for the Carling Cup tie against Bolton while Thomas Vermaelen is two weeks away from a return.
Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has also recovered from a slight groin injury.
Arsenal have taken just seven points from seven matches so far this season and lie just one point ahead of their opponents in the Premier League table.
Boss Arsene Wenger, whose team lost to Tottenham in their last league match and now lie 12 points adrift of leaders Manchester United, is confident his players can climb the table quickly.
He said: "I am convinced we have good potential, we have rebuilt the team and of course we were a bit disturbed at the start of the season for different reasons. But we just want to focus on the short term at the moment, we are not in a position to make long-term plans.
"You can never say that the confidence is at the top when you lose a big game, but we still believe in the way we play and want to behave.
"We had a good series of results just before we lost to Tottenham and from that game I think there were many positives. We have to respond quickly now because there is a big gap between us and the top teams and we want to reduce that as quickly as possible.
"I believe that this team will surprise many once we get on a series of results because the behaviour is fantastic."
Wenger also refused to rule out Nicklas Bendtner, currently on loan with Sunderland and ineligible to play against the Gunners, from playing for Arsenal again.
"In our job, you never say never," said Wenger. "You do always what is right for your club. If it is right for the club to get Nicklas Bendtner back, the club will do it. I like him as a player.
"It will not only depend on us, it will depend on him. But we are not there yet - there is a long way to go."
Bendtner's absence could present an opportunity to summer signings Connor Wickham, who has recovered from a groin problem, and Ji Dong-won.
Full-back Phil Bardsley completes his four-match ban and Titus Bramble is suspended pending police and club investigations, while Craig Gordon and Fraizer Campbell (both knee) continue to work their way back to fitness.
Hot-shot Van Persie fires Gunners
Robin van Persie rescued Arsenal from another disappointing Barclays Premier League result with a fantastic winner against Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium.
The Holland striker, who used his programme notes to declare his full commitment to Arsenal, put the hosts ahead after just 29 seconds but the sides went in level at half-time thanks to an excellent free-kick from former Gunner Sebastian Larsson.
The game appeared destined for a draw as Arsenal proceeded to squander several good second-half chances, but Van Persie saved the Londoners' blushes with a wonderful curling free-kick nine minutes from time.
The win gave Arsenal the perfect tonic after their north London derby defeat two weeks ago, but the creaky manner in which they snuck past struggling Sunderland will do little to silence the doubters who claim the Gunners are a spent force.
Under-pressure Black Cats boss Steve Bruce, meanwhile, will rue his side's failure to convert a number of first-half opportunities and they now sit outside the drop zone only on goal difference.
Keen to make up for their loss at White Hart Lane, Arsenal flew out of the blocks and took an early lead.
Some Arsenal fans had still not taken their seats by the time that Gervinho got on the end of Tomas Rosicky's lobbed pass and squared to Van Persie, who took one touch before drilling low past Simon Mignolet from 18 yards to record the fastest top-flight goal of the season so far.
The strike stunned the Black Cats and they remained on the back foot for the rest of the opening half hour.
This was the Arsenal of old. Confident in possession and sturdy at the back, they pushed for a second as the away side struggled to get a touch on the ball.
Van Persie was then denied an early contender for goal of the season by the woodwork.
With 13 minutes on the clock, the Dutchman spun his marker on the edge of the box and clipped a delightful chip that sailed over Mignolet but bounced out off the post and Gervinho just missed out on the tap-in.
Full of confidence, Van Persie than flashed a powerful 20-yard drive just wide.
Gervinho was also in his pomp. The Ivory Coast man cut inside from the left flank with a clever turn and crashed a fierce shot just over.
Wojciech Szczesny then went walkabout, handing Sessegnon a glorious chance to equalise, but the winger's cross was cut out by Alex Song as the Arsenal goal lay unguarded.
Arsenal's confidence was knocked and Sunderland shocked the home crowd with a stunning equaliser from Larsson.
Mikel Arteta's handball gave the Black Cats a free-kick 20 yards out and Larsson whipped a delightful curling shot over the wall and past a sprawling Szczesny to make it 1-1.
The strike was so good that Rosicky had already started walking to the halfway line without turning his back to see if the shot had gone in.
Szczesny denied Sunderland the lead moments later when he blocked Lee Cattermole's header from six yards after an error from Carl Jenkinson allowed Sessegnon to break down the left.
The game became scrappy at the start of the second half.
David Vaughan earned the first booking of the game with a cynical two-footed sliding tackle on Rosicky and he was soon followed in to the book by Larsson, who tugged Van Persie's shirt.
Tensions mounted as Alex Song was booked for a foul on Sessegnon and then John O'Shea upended Rosicky on the edge of the box, giving Arsenal a dangerous free-kick which Arteta duly ploughed in to the stands.
Brown was lucky to escape with a booking after clattering into Walcott in a similar position minutes later. The England winger picked himself up to take the free-kick but the home fans groaned collectively as, again, the set-piece flew well over.
Howard Webb produced his fifth yellow card of the game after Laurent Koscielny body-checked Sessegnon before Mignolet kept Van Persie's near-post effort out with his feet as Arsenal increased the pressure on the visitors.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger looked despondent on the bench as Alex Song then broke into the box and inexplicably passed to a Sunderland defender with time running out.
A moment of brilliance from substitute Andrey Arshavin almost gave Arsenal the lead with just under 20 minutes left.
The Russian danced past two Sunderland defenders into the box and nutmegged Michael Turner with a shot that went a yard wide of Mignolet's goal.
Brown's clumsy challenge on Van Persie gave Arsenal another free-kick on the edge of the box with nine minutes left. The Holland international succeeded where his team-mates had failed before him by curling a brilliant set-piece into the top corner and then removing his shirt in a jubilant celebration.
Ji Dong-won was then played in to the box by Connor Wickham and slotted past Szczesny but his effort was rightly ruled out for offside.
Sunderland pushed for a second equaliser towards the end, but it never came and Wenger's side took the spoils after another nervy afternoon.
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