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The referee ends the match.
Darren Bent fires in a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-1 Arsenal.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid, clearance made by Marouane Chamakh.
Titus Bramble takes a shot. Blocked by Sebastien Squillaci.
The ball is sent over by Boudewijn Zenden, Neves Denilson manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Asamoah Gyan, clearance made by Sebastien Squillaci.
Shot from just outside the box by Neves Denilson misses to the right of the target.
Jordan Henderson takes the outswinging corner, Neves Denilson manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Asamoah Gyan, Tomas Rosicky gets a block in.
Asamoah Gyan delivers the ball, Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Almunia.
Foul by Kieran Richardson on Marouane Chamakh, free kick awarded. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Anton Ferdinand on Bacary Sagna, free kick awarded. Bacary Sagna takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Neves Denilson by Steed Malbranque. Booking for Steed Malbranque for unsporting behaviour. Samir Nasri takes the free kick.
Steed Malbranque leaves the field to be replaced by Andy Reid.
Neves Denilson produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
Steed Malbranque challenges Neves Denilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steed Malbranque is given a yellow card. Samir Nasri shoots direct from the free kick.
Samir Nasri has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Titus Bramble delivers the ball, save by Manuel Almunia.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Manuel Almunia makes a save.
Neves Denilson fouled by Boudewijn Zenden, the ref awards a free kick. Sebastien Squillaci takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Tomas Rosicky on Jordan Henderson, free kick awarded. Titus Bramble restarts play with the free kick.
Boudewijn Zenden comes on in place of Nedum Onuoha.
The ball is crossed by Tomas Rosicky, clearance by Jordan Henderson.
Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri by Ahmed Elmohamady. Penalty missed over the bar by Tomas Rosicky.
Foul by Nedum Onuoha on Gael Clichy, free kick awarded. Tomas Rosicky produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Simon Mignolet.
Tomas Rosicky produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
Inswinging corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the left by-line played to the near post, Effort on goal by Titus Bramble from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
The ball is crossed by Steed Malbranque, Marouane Chamakh gets a block in.
The ball is sent over by Kieran Richardson.
The ball is sent over by Samir Nasri, Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson to the near post, Gael Clichy manages to make a clearance.
Long range shot by Tomas Rosicky goes wide right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cristian Riveros on Marouane Chamakh. Cristian Riveros shown a yellow card. Asamoah Gyan on for Cristian Riveros. Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.
Danny Welbeck sends in a cross, clearance by Neves Denilson.
Danny Welbeck fouled by Marouane Chamakh, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kieran Richardson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ahmed Elmohamady on Neves Denilson. Gael Clichy takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Titus Bramble on Jack Wilshere, free kick awarded. Shot on goal comes in from Samir Nasri from the free kick.
Neves Denilson replaces Andrey Arshavin.
Darren Bent produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Jordan Henderson decides to take the corner short.
Foul by Darren Bent on Bacary Sagna, free kick awarded. Manuel Almunia takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque by Alex Song. Alex Song is shown a red card for second bookable offence. Free kick taken by Anton Ferdinand.
The ball is crossed by Bacary Sagna.
Jordan Henderson delivers the ball, clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.
Shot from just outside the box by Jordan Henderson misses to the right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.
Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Danny Welbeck delivers the ball, Darren Bent has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Andrey Arshavin crosses the ball, clearance made by Cristian Riveros.
Andrey Arshavin has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
Danny Welbeck gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna. The referee shows Danny Welbeck a yellow card. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Marouane Chamakh, Strike by Andrey Arshavin from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
Danny Welbeck has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
The referee starts the second half.
The half-time whistle blows.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Blocked by Anton Ferdinand.
Ahmed Elmohamady sends in a cross, Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Manuel Almunia makes a save.
Cristian Riveros delivers the ball, clearance made by Sebastien Squillaci.
Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady on Alex Song, free kick awarded. Jack Wilshere restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, clearance by Titus Bramble.
A cross is delivered by Jack Wilshere, clearance made by Anton Ferdinand.
The ball is sent over by Gael Clichy.
Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordan Henderson. Alex Song booked. Free kick crossed right-footed by Anton Ferdinand, Marouane Chamakh manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Ahmed Elmohamady, Cristian Riveros takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.
Nedum Onuoha produces a cross, clearance by Samir Nasri.
The ball is crossed by Ahmed Elmohamady, clearance made by Gael Clichy.
Foul by Alex Song on Steed Malbranque, free kick awarded. Anton Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
Darren Bent is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
Kieran Richardson delivers the ball, clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.
The ball is sent over by Kieran Richardson, clearance made by Sebastien Squillaci.
Ahmed Elmohamady sends in a cross, clearance by Alex Song.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Titus Bramble by Laurent Koscielny. Free kick taken by Anton Ferdinand.
Handball by Samir Nasri. Kieran Richardson restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Jordan Henderson, save by Manuel Almunia.
(Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Tomas Rosicky coming on for Francesc Fabregas.
Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
The ball is crossed by Bacary Sagna, Titus Bramble manages to make a clearance.
Ahmed Elmohamady produces a cross.
Cristian Riveros produces a cross, clearance made by Samir Nasri.
Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jordan Henderson, save made by Manuel Almunia.
Foul by Jack Wilshere on Danny Welbeck, free kick awarded. Jack Wilshere receives a caution. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jordan Henderson, Gael Clichy makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gael Clichy on Ahmed Elmohamady. Direct free kick taken by Jordan Henderson.
Foul by Alex Song on Steed Malbranque, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steed Malbranque.
Centre by Samir Nasri, Anton Ferdinand gets a block in.
Jack Wilshere takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
The ball is delivered by Andrey Arshavin, Alex Song takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
The ball is crossed by Bacary Sagna, clearance by Titus Bramble.
Corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Francesc Fabregas.
Alex Song gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque. Anton Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
Steed Malbranque has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The ball is swung over by Kieran Richardson, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Nedum Onuoha goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
Goal scored by Francesc Fabregas from 35+ yards to the top left corner of the goal. Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal.
Centre by Ahmed Elmohamady, clearance by Bacary Sagna.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Jordan Henderson goes wide right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque by Andrey Arshavin results in a free kick. Anton Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Alex Song.
Jordan Henderson produces a cross, blocked by Francesc Fabregas.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ahmed Elmohamady on Gael Clichy. Manuel Almunia restarts play with the free kick.
Jordan Henderson takes a corner.
The ball is swung over by Steed Malbranque, Bacary Sagna gets a block in.
Andrey Arshavin takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Ahmed Elmohamady. Free kick crossed by Jordan Henderson, Francesc Fabregas manages to make a clearance.
Cristian Riveros produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
Marouane Chamakh concedes a free kick for a foul on Nedum Onuoha. Titus Bramble takes the free kick.
The referee gets the match started.
Catt out for Black Cats
Sunderland will be without skipper Lee Cattermole for the Barclays Premier League clash with Arsenal.
The 22-year-old midfielder starts a two-match ban after picking up his second red card of the season at former club Wigan last weekend.
Defender John Mensah, who has been struggling with a hamstring injury, is a doubt after picking up a knock in training, but Kieran Richardson and Ahmed Elmohamady are expected to be fit after returning from the DW Stadium with minor problems.
However, Michael Turner (ankle), Craig Gordon (fractured arm) and Fraizer Campbell and David Meyler (both knee) remain on the sidelines.
Anton Ferdinand will rely on his head rather than his legs as he tries to keep rampant Arsenal at bay.
The 25-year-old defender and his team-mates face the unenviable task of having to tame the Gunners just three days after seeing them plunder six goals without reply against Champions League rivals Braga.
That was the second time this season Arsene Wenger's men had scored half a dozen at the Emirates Stadium, and the fact that they did it without Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott demonstrated the depth of the Frenchman's squad.
Ferdinand knows from experience just how difficult it can be to play against Arsenal, but admits that unlike some of their rivals, the challenge can be mental rather than physical.
He said: "I tend to come off the pitch against Arsenal more mentally tired than physically tired because against Arsenal, it is about the game in your head.
"If you are switched on mentally and you are concentrating for the full 90 minutes, then you are going to come off very tired, whereas against a Stoke or a West Ham, it's not just a mental game, it is a physical game.
"I am not saying Arsenal isn't physical - it is because the pace they have that goes through the team is phenomenal.
"But as a defender, you have to come off that pitch mentally tired. If you come off the pitch mentally tired, then you know you have done well."
Arsenal will again be without midfielder Abou Diaby (ankle) and centre-back Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles).
England youngster Jack Wilshere is pressing to retain his starting place alongside captain Cesc Fabregas, while winger Tomas Rosicky and England full-back Kieran Gibbs could be involved having sat out in Europe.
Theo Walcott, Robin van Persie (both ankle), Nicklas Bendtner (groin) and Aaron Ramsey (leg) remain out.
Bent breaks Arsenal hearts
Darren Bent left it late to deny 10-man Arsenal victory at Sunderland with a 95th-minute equaliser to snatch a 1-1 draw.
The England international struck amid a goalmouth scramble as the Black Cats launched one final attack.
Until that point, it looked as though Cesc Fabregas' freak goal would be enough to hand the visitors a hard-fought win.
The Spaniard's 13th-minute block sent Anton Ferdinand's attempted clearance sailing over the head of stranded goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and into the net.
But the Gunners had only themselves to blame after having midfielder Alex Song sent off for a second bookable offence 10 minutes after the break, while substitute Tomas Rosicky skied a 74th-minute penalty wastefully over the bar.
Sunderland have fared well against the Barclays Premier League's big boys in recent times, and claimed the scalp of big-spending Manchester City in their last outing at the Stadium of Light.
But manager Steve Bruce knew that if they were to get the better of the Gunners as they did last season, they would have to be at their best and probably enjoy some good fortune.
He could have no quibbles with their first-half display as they more than made a fight of it against a side who had scored six without reply in the Champions League in midweek.
However, what luck came their way was of the sickeningly bad variety.
The game was 13 minutes old when Fabregas closed down central defender Ferdinand as he prepared to clear.
But even he could not believe his eyes when the ball cannoned back off him and looped in a perfect arc over astonished Mignolet, who was far enough off his line for it to evade him and drop into the empty net.
Bruce's men might have been back on level terms within two minutes when Nedum Onuoha met Jordan Henderson's corner unopposed, but powered his header high over Manuel Almunia's crossbar.
Mignolet had to produce solid saves to deny first Song and then Andrey Arshavin as the Gunners looked to kill the game off, and his team-mates stepped up a gear in the search for an equaliser.
With Henderson and Steed Malbranque harrying in the middle of the field, the visitors were unable to settle into their renowned passing game on a sustained basis, although the service to lone frontman Bent was too often short of the required quality.
However, summer singing Cristian Riveros might have levelled eight minutes before the break when he met Ahmed Elmohamady's cross with a diving header, but under pressure from Bacary Sagna, could not direct his effort on goal.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger found himself in the headlines once again this week after calling for greater protection for his players, although it was the Gunners who picked up the first half's only two bookings with Jack Wilshere and Song both transgressing once too often for referee Phil Dowd.
Danny Welbeck smashed a first-time shot just wide within seconds of the restart, but it was Arsenal who looked the more threatening as the second half unfolded.
Arshavin clipped a 47th-minute Marouane Chamakh cross over the bar and then squandered a gilt-edged chance after Song had picked him out, and Chamakh could not beat Mignolet one on one after being set up by Samir Nasri's fine 52nd-minute pass.
But Sunderland got a break three minutes later when Song, who had been cautioned for a foul on Henderson before the break, picked up a second booking for a challenge on Malbranque and was dismissed.
The home side perhaps should have made their numerical advantage count within three minutes when Henderson squared for Bent inside the penalty area, but he shot uncharacteristically high and wide.
Bruce sent on record signing Asamoah Gyan for Riveros with 26 minutes remaining, but it was the Gunners who went close when Rosicky shot just wide six minutes later at the end of a flowing move.
The Czech should have wrapped up the victory with 16 minutes to play when Elmohamady tripped Nasri inside the box and Mr Dowd pointed to the spot.
However, Rosicky blazed high over from 12 yards to keep Sunderland's hopes alive.
Gyan glanced an 81st-minute header straight at Almunia, who had to get down well to claim Henderson's last-minute half-volley, but salvation arrived deep into added time when Gael Clichy's clearance dropped perfectly for Bent to smash it home from close range.
"Pulis departs Stoke"