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  • Date:18 Aug 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,078
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93:33 +3.33

Inswinging corner taken by Andrey Arshavin, Simon Mignolet makes a save.

91:01 +1.01

Corner taken by Santi Cazorla from the right by-line to the near post, John O'Shea manages to make a clearance.

86:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrey Arshavin on Louis Saha. David Meyler takes the free kick.

84:35

Olivier Giroud concedes a free kick for a foul on David Meyler. Free kick crossed left-footed by James McClean, clearance made by Kieran Gibbs.

83:40

David Meyler fouled by Santi Cazorla, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.

81:18

Effort from inside the area by Olivier Giroud misses to the right of the goal.

79:35

Aaron Ramsey takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

77:53

(Sunderland) makes a substitution, with David Meyler coming on for Sebastian Larsson.

75:44

Effort on goal by Olivier Giroud from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar. Andrey Arshavin is brought on as a substitute for Theo Walcott.

74:37

Louis Saha concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieran Gibbs. Free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.

72:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Ahmed Elmohamady. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.

70:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel Arteta on Louis Saha. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.

70:19

Corner taken by Santi Cazorla from the left by-line to the near post, Craig Gardner manages to make a clearance.

69:06

Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.

67:57

Ahmed Elmohamady comes on in place of Fraizer Campbell. Vassiriki Diaby leaves the field to be replaced by Aaron Ramsey.

64:59

Yao Gervinho takes a shot. Carlos Cuellar gets a block in. Lee Cattermole fouled by Vassiriki Diaby, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet. The offside flag is raised against Louis Saha. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

62:37

Shot by Theo Walcott from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target. Stephane Sessegnon leaves the field to be replaced by Louis Saha. Olivier Giroud replaces Lukas Podolski.

62:05

Unfair challenge on Santi Cazorla by Lee Cattermole results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Vassiriki Diaby.

59:40

Santi Cazorla produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

57:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kieran Richardson on Theo Walcott. Strike on goal comes in from Lukas Podolski from the free kick.

52:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson by Vassiriki Diaby. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gardner.

47:53

Mikel Arteta concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastian Larsson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Carl Jenkinson.

46:04

Foul by Fraizer Campbell on Kieran Gibbs, free kick awarded. Kieran Gibbs restarts play with the free kick.

45:04

Per Mertesacker challenges Stephane Sessegnon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephane Sessegnon.

45:02 +0.02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Mikel Arteta. Lee Cattermole takes the free kick.

41:48

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Santi Cazorla, clearance by Fraizer Campbell.

40:22

Effort on goal by Jack Colback from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

37:34

Foul by Theo Walcott on Fraizer Campbell, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

34:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastian Larsson on Thomas Vermaelen. Free kick crossed by Mikel Arteta, clearance by Craig Gardner. The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

33:36

Lukas Podolski challenges John O'Shea unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

31:50

Kieran Richardson concedes a free kick for a foul on Yao Gervinho. Shot comes in from Mikel Arteta from the free kick.

29:37

Theo Walcott is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.

27:07

Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save. Santi Cazorla takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Craig Gardner manages to make a clearance.

26:35

The referee gives a free kick against Lee Cattermole for handball. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

25:22

Theo Walcott produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

21:25

Outswinging corner taken by Santi Cazorla, Kieran Richardson manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Santi Cazorla. Shot by Theo Walcott from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

18:58

Vassiriki Diaby concedes a free kick for a foul on Fraizer Campbell. Craig Gardner takes the direct free kick.

17:53

Effort from inside the area by Santi Cazorla misses to the left of the goal.

13:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by James McClean on Theo Walcott. Carl Jenkinson takes the direct free kick.

10:39

Shot from 20 yards from Jack Colback. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

4:32

Shot by Santi Cazorla. Simon Mignolet makes a save.

4:04

James McClean takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

Match Preview

Wenger: Life goes on after Van Persie Arsene Wenger accepts sanctioning the sale of captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United was a "massive gamble", but has faith his team can recover to mount a successful Barclays Premier League campaign. Holland international Van Persie today finalised a #24million switch to Old Trafford, having earlier in the summer announced he would not be signing a new deal with the Gunners. Van Persie is the latest of Wenger's key men to move on following last summer's departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri - with Alex Song the next possible transfer amid reports of a #15million bid from Barcelona. While the manner of Van Persie's exit may not sit well with many Arsenal fans - following his carefully worded summer statement questioning the direction of the club which stood by him during injury-plagued spells on the sidelines - Wenger maintains it is now time for everyone to look to the future as he prepares for the season opener against Sunderland. "The reality is when the player doesn't want to stay you have two ways: you either force him to stay or you accept the reality and you let him go. I have chosen the second solution," said Wenger. "I know it is a massive challenge and a massive gamble I took but we have the quality to deal with the problem we have, and at the end of the day I can talk and talk and talk but we can only show it on the pitch now. "Time heals all things and of course at the moment people are hurt, which I understand, but what is important for us is to focus on the season in front of us. "Players have gone, life goes on and the football club is 125 years old and other big players have left this club and we have always gone from season to season in a strong way." Arsenal will assess the fitness of England forward Theo Walcott (thigh) ahead of the game, but midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (ankle) and France defender Laurent Koscielny (calf) both miss out having withdrawn from the midweek internationals. Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has new signing Louis Saha is available and he could feature up front as fellow striker Stephane Sessegnon is an injury doubt after he picked up an ankle injury in training. However, despite signing Saha, O'Neill is still keen to bolster his frontline and has been linked with Wolves' centre-forward Stephen Fletcher. "We've been making inroads into trying to get some players," O'Neill said. "Of course it's difficult because if you want a player and you think they're good enough to play in the Premier League the clubs that you're wanting these players from naturally don't want their players to leave. Maybe that's been the difficulty. "In an ideal world I would have liked to have had the number of players that we're looking for in at this minute but it hasn't been possible. "We have to improve our goal ratio. That's obvious to everyone. I'm not so sure in the course of time that you can have too many players who can score goals at a football club. "Despite Saha coming in we're hoping to still strengthen and we want to do because it's a long season. Come the first of September you know that's it then for four months. Those four months are pretty defining. O'Neill does not underestimate the Gunners, who have signed Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski in a bid to offset the departure of Van Persie. "It's something maybe that has been expected since the player [Van Persie] made the announcement that he wasn't going to sign a new contract," he said. "It will be disappointing for Arsenal. He's a fantastic player, one of the top four or five players or strikers in the world, so to lose a player of that calibre is exceptionally disappointing. "But they've made inroads themselves and been able to capture a number of very good players so I think they'll be as equipped as they possibly can be to withstand the loss of that player."

Formation:41212Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 442Manager: Martin O'Neill

Sunderland

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Carl Jenkinson
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Vassiriki Diaby
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Santi Cazorla
  • Theo Walcott
  • Yao Gervinho
  • Lukas Podolski
  • SUBS
  • Vito Mannone
  • Clarindo Andre Santos
  • Olivier Giroud
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Johan Djourou
  • Francis Coquelin
  • Andrey Arshavin

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