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Goal scored by Thierry Henry from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-2 Arsenal.Andrey Arshavin provided the assist for the goal.
Dong-Won Ji has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Mikel Arteta challenges Jack Colback unfairly and gives away a free kick. Theo Walcott goes off and Andrey Arshavin comes on. (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Dong-Won Ji coming on for Fraizer Campbell. Direct free kick taken by Kieran Richardson.
Fraizer Campbell fouled by Thomas Vermaelen, the ref awards a free kick. Tomas Rosicky receives a caution for dissent. Free kick crossed by Kieran Richardson.
Goal scored by Aaron Ramsey from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-1 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Mikel Arteta.
Mikel Arteta takes a shot. John O'Shea gets a block in.
(Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Aaron Ramsey coming on for Per Mertesacker.
James McClean scores a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-0 Arsenal.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leaves the field to be replaced by Thierry Henry.
Unfair challenge on Craig Gardner by Robin van Persie results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Alex Song.
Shot by Craig Gardner. Brilliant save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Inswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line, clearance made by Per Mertesacker.
The official flags Stephane Sessegnon offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.
Sebastian Larsson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post. Craig Gardner takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.
Corner taken right-footed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Michael Turner manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Robin van Persie by Craig Gardner results in a free kick. Robin van Persie takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Robin van Persie by Fraizer Campbell results in a free kick. Fraizer Campbell shown a yellow card. Shot on goal comes in from Mikel Arteta from the free kick, blocked by Michael Turner.
The referee penalises James McClean for handball. Direct free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.
Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Michael Turner gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Turner on Robin van Persie. Robin van Persie restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Craig Gardner results in a free kick. Theo Walcott restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from deep inside the area by Theo Walcott clears the crossbar.
Effort from inside the area by Theo Walcott misses to the left of the target.
Laurent Koscielny gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from right wing, Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Kieran Richardson results in a free kick. Kieran Richardson receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Robin van Persie, clearance made by Michael Turner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Bacary Sagna on James McClean. Kieran Richardson takes the direct free kick.
James McClean is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jack Colback, save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Fraizer Campbell takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Turner.
Robin van Persie is caught offside. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
Sebastian Larsson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by James McClean goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jack Colback, Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.
Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Turner.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robin van Persie, clearance by Phillip Bardsley.
Thomas Vermaelen fouled by Fraizer Campbell, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robin van Persie, clearance by Michael Turner.
O`Neill warns of Arsenal threat
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has warned his players Arsenal are more than just a one-man team as they prepare for an intriguing double-header.
The Black Cats will put an unbeaten home record under their new manager on the line when the Gunners visit the Stadium of Light in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday, seven days before they return in the FA Cup fifth round.
They will do so with Arsenal`s Dutch striker Robin van Persie having taken his tally for the season 28 in all competitions with a hat-trick in last Saturday's 7-1 demolition of Blackburn.
However, O'Neill knows his side will have to do more than stop van Persie if they are to emerge with anything to show for their efforts.
He said: "That is too simplistic. They have enough talent in their team.
"They are playing Champions League football next week, which is a credit to them.
"They have qualified once again into the latter stages of the competition, so I am not so sure that one man could just carry that on his own.
"They have talent, they have a bit of pace in their team as well, and their victory last week will give them encouragement and confidence for the rest of the season."
In addition, Sunderland will have to handle an emerging star in the shape of 18-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who struck twice in the same game to confirm his glittering potential.
O'Neill said: "I saw him play a couple of weeks ago against Leeds United in the FA Cup and I was really impressed with him.
"He's very, very strong, he is very quick, he seems to know what it's all about and for one so young, he looks as if he has got a real future ahead of him."
Arsenal's visit to Wearside is the biggest test for some time of the Black Cats' impressive recovery under the Ulsterman.
A run of just two defeat in 13 games has been capped by an unbeaten sequence of five outings which has brought nine league points and progression to the last 16 in the FA Cup.
But a cautious O'Neill is reluctant to accept that there are no dangers lurking around the corner.
He said: "If you win some matches, you get that confidence that we talked about and self-belief, and those things are pretty important when you are going into football games.
"But there is a difference between having respect for your opponents - which we have to have because we are not really good enough to treat anybody without it - and having a part of the fear removed because you are actually doing okay yourselves.
"That's been the case in point, but we could come unstuck here against Arsenal very, very easily. Other teams have over recent times, so it could be a problem for us.
"But we are going into the game in a great frame of mind, anyway."
Loan signings Wayne Bridge and Sotirios Kyrgiakos return to the squad after being ineligible in midweek.
Arsene Wenger feels Arsenal should be positive as they enter the defining period of their season.
The Gunners head to Sunderland looking to keep up with fourth-placed Chelsea, the gap now down to just three points following last weekend's results which saw Wenger's men beat Blackburn 7-1 while the Blues were held to a 3-3 draw by Manchester United.
Next week, Arsenal travel to AC Milan for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie before returning to the Stadium of Light in the FA Cup fifth round on February 18.
With England defender Kieran Gibbs the latest player to return to a squad which has been depleted by injury, Wenger believes the Gunners can come through a make-or-break spell.
"Overall the situation looks a lot more positive in a period that will decide our season and therefore it is good to have the players back," the Arsenal manager said.
"It is that important because in one week we play three games in three different competitions.
"In every single competition we are, of course, in a position where we want to win our games."
Wenger added: "Sunderland are doing well, and we have rebuilt our confidence.
"It is important that we go in a positive mind there and that we come back with three points."
As well as the availability of Gibbs, striker Marouane Chamakh has returned from the African Nations Cup but Gervinho remains away as Ivory Coast prepare for the final.
Henry the hero in Gunners victory
Thierry Henry signed off with a last-ditch winner as Arsenal came from behind to see off Sunderland 2-1.
The Frenchman, playing in the final Barclays Premier League game of his loan spell, volleyed home from Andrey Arshavin's injury-time cross to complete a comeback which had begun when Aaron Ramsey had cancelled out James McClean's 70th-minute opener.
However, the visitors were unhappy with the Irishman, who picked up a loose ball with defender Per Mertesacker writhing on the ground after catching his studs in the turf and fired past keeper Wojciech Szczesny.
It proved a difficult afternoon for the Germany international, who survived first-half appeals for a penalty from the bulk of a crowd of 40,312 in a hard-fought encounter.
Sunderland went into the game defending a five-game unbeaten run and having won nine of the 13 games they had played under manager Martin O'Neill, but knowing they faced one of the toughest tests of that sequence of fixtures.
Arsenal's 7-1 demolition of Blackburn last weekend had not exactly set the alarm bells ringing, but the Black Cats knew they would have to be at their very best to get anything out of the game.
They left the pitch at half-time all square, but firmly believing they should have been in front, not because they dominated the opening 45 minutes, but because they felt they had been done a major injustice.
The Gunners enjoyed the better of the possession, although it was their hosts who created the first real opening when McClean headed Sebastian Larsson's near-post corner over the bar with 11 minutes played.
But with Mikel Arteta anchoring an Arsenal midfield in which Tomas Rosicky ahead of him linked with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott at every opportunity, the visitors were a threat throughout.
However, while they were forced to soak up pressure for much of the first half, the Black Cats rearguard was in no mood to be punctured and 28-goal striker Robin van Persie was kept relatively quiet by his standards with Michael Turner in particular impressive.
The visitors' best chances of the half both fell to England international Walcott, who fired across goal from Van Persie's 23rd-minute pass, and then volleyed harmlessly over on the half-hour from Alex Song's cross.
However, the game erupted into controversy six minutes before the break when O'Neill's men thought they should have been awarded a penalty.
Mertesacker controlled Jack Colback's cross on his chest, but then saw the ball rear up off the turf and hit his arm.
But as the home fans appealed as one, referee Neil Swarbrick waved play on.
The official's stock fell further with the home fans with a minute of the half left to play when he booked Fraizer Campbell for a foul on Van Persie, and he headed for the dressing room at the break to a predictably hostile chorus.
Arsenal controlled the opening stages of the second half too, although again without causing too many problems for the home side.
However, it was Sunderland who went close seven minutes after the restart when, after Craig Gardner's shot from a free-kick move had been blocked, the ball fell to defender John O'Shea, who blazed high over.
But the traffic was largely one way and as Sunderland's efforts to clear their lines grew increasingly desperate, they found themselves retreating deep into their own half.
Sixty-one minutes had elapsed without either keeper having to make a save of any note, but Wojciech Szczesny was called upon twice within as many minutes to deny Gardner as the home side threatened to turn the tide.
First the Pole got down well to turn away the midfielder's left-foot drive, and he then needed to be even more resolute to repel the same player's dipping volley.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger decided enough was enough with 24 minutes left when he replaced Oxlade-Chamberlain with loan signing Henry, but his side fell behind in unfortunate circumstances within four minutes of the Frenchman's arrival.
Mertesacker caught his studs in the turf as he attempted to shepherd a harmless ball back to Szczesny, and as he collapsed to the floor in agony, McClean ran clear to fire past the keeper for his second goal in as many league games.
The Germany international left the field on a stretcher to be replaced by Ramsey, who needed just three minutes to announce his arrival in style.
A loose ball broke to the midfielder 20 yards out and he swivelled to send in a low shot which hit both posts before crossing the line with Mignolet helpless.
But there was more to come as the game entered stoppage time when Henry timed his run to perfection to turn fellow substitute Arshavin's cross past Mignolet.
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