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Jack Colback gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky. Robin van Persie shoots direct from the free kick.
Mikel Arteta takes a shot.
Shot by Thomas Vermaelen. Blocked by Phillip Bardsley.
Short corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line.
(Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Fraizer Campbell coming on for Stephane Sessegnon. Corner taken by Robin van Persie, Phillip Bardsley manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Stephane Sessegnon, clearance made by Johan Djourou.
Effort on goal by Robin van Persie from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Theo Walcott is ruled offside. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
Bacary Sagna concedes a free kick for a foul on James McClean. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Johan Djourou.
Lee Cattermole concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The referee shows Lee Cattermole a yellow card. Strike comes in from Robin van Persie from the free kick.
The assist for the goal came from Sebastian Larsson.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain puts the ball into his own net. Sunderland 2-0 Arsenal.
Shot by Sebastian Larsson from inside the box hits the post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky by Craig Gardner. Craig Gardner is shown a yellow card. Mikel Arteta produces a cross, Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Thomas Vermaelen crosses the ball.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephane Sessegnon on Alex Song. Free kick taken by Johan Djourou.
Yao Gervinho produces a cross.
Tomas Rosicky concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Colback. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Craig Gardner has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
The referee blows for offside against Yao Gervinho. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
Craig Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Rosicky. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
Sebastian Larsson challenges Tomas Rosicky unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.
Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, save made by Simon Mignolet.
Sebastian Larsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta. The referee shows Sebastian Larsson a yellow card. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Robin van Persie.
Thomas Vermaelen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson. Thomas Vermaelen is booked. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball, Michael Turner produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Foul by Lee Cattermole on Mikel Arteta, free kick awarded. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.
Thomas Vermaelen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Gardner. Phillip Bardsley restarts play with the free kick.
Stephane Sessegnon concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastien Squillaci. Tomas Rosicky on for Sebastien Squillaci. Aaron Ramsey goes off and Theo Walcott comes on. Free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.
A cross is delivered by James McClean, Craig Gardner produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Mikel Arteta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McClean. Direct free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson.
Effort on goal by Mikel Arteta from long range goes over the bar.
Alex Song crosses the ball, Kieran Richardson manages to make a clearance.
Bacary Sagna sends in a cross.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McClean by Bacary Sagna. Bacary Sagna is cautioned. Sebastian Larsson has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Shot from close range by James McClean misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Stephane Sessegnon on Sebastien Squillaci, free kick awarded. Lukasz Fabianski takes the direct free kick.
Goal scored by Kieran Richardson from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-0 Arsenal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Gardner by Johan Djourou. Caution for Johan Djourou. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance made by Thomas Vermaelen.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James McClean on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.
Yao Gervinho challenges Phillip Bardsley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phillip Bardsley takes the free kick.
Thomas Vermaelen fouled by Phillip Bardsley, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Vermaelen restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson.
Drilled right-footed shot by James McClean. Blocked by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Corner taken by Robin van Persie played to the near post, Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Yao Gervinho takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Jack Colback. Kieran Richardson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Colback by Robin van Persie. Kieran Richardson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Thomas Vermaelen by Craig Gardner. Thomas Vermaelen takes the free kick.
James McClean crosses the ball, save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Michael Turner. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by James McClean, blocked by Aaron Ramsey.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Thomas Vermaelen by Sebastian Larsson. Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by James McClean, save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
Stephane Sessegnon has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Ramsey on James McClean. Direct free kick taken by Jack Colback.
Sebastien Squillaci on for Francis Coquelin. Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line, Sebastien Squillaci makes a clearance.
Robin van Persie fouled by Craig Gardner, the ref awards a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Mikel Arteta from the free kick.
Aaron Ramsey challenges Sebastian Larsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Inswinging corner taken by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the left by-line.
Mertesacker lay-off is latest gunners setback
Arsenal's torrid week continued on Friday when Arsene Wenger revealed that Per Mertesacker has been ruled out "long term".
Adding to Wenger's defensive problems is that Laurent Koscielny is also missing for Saturday's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Sunderland because of a knee problem.
But while Koscielny should recover in a week from the injury sustained during Wednesday night's painful 4-0 drubbing by AC Milan, Mertesacker may have played his last game this season.
The German international suffered ankle ligament damage during Saturday's Barclays Premier League victory against Sunderland that requited ankle surgery.
"Unfortunately he has had surgery and we have lost him for a while," Wenger told the club's official website, www.arsenal.com.
"How long I don't know. He had reconstruction of his ligaments, so it will be long term."
Koscielny limped off shortly before half time at the San Siro, but the prognosis on his injury is far more encouraging.
"He had a scan yesterday and the news is quite good," said Wenger.
"He will be out for hopefully around a week. He will miss the Sunderland game, but he should be back for next week."
Wenger is facing a headache at centre-back with Mertesacker and Koscielny unavailable for the trip to the Stadium of Light.
Thomas Vermaelen's lack of match sharpness was exposed during Arsenal's heaviest European defeat, while Johan Djourou was far from impressive.
Sebastien Squillaci has been frozen out of the first team picture, but Alex Song can play centre-back if required.
Gervinho has finished international duty at the African Nations Cup and is included in the squad and defender Carl Jenkinson will soon return to training following his back problem.
Wenger also revealed that Kieran Gibbs suffered no setback at the San Siro after being out since October with a groin problem.
"Kieran played his first game in four months in Milan so of course it was a shock to go back to that level. But physically he's all right," said Wenger.
"Carl's back in full training on Monday. That's good news for us."
Djourou has urged Arsenal to atone for last season's Carling Cup final loss to Birmingham by winning the last piece of silverware available to them this season.
"This is a big opportunity for us. The FA Cup is one of the main targets and we have to go for it," he told Arsenal Player.
"Last season's League Cup final defeat is very motivating because we were very disappointed about what happened last time at Wembley and we want to put that right.
"I think it is something still in our heads, and it is difficult to swallow. We know if we can get to the final we can lift the trophy."
Martin O'Neill is hoping his Sunderland side can intensify Arsenal's pain - but has warned unhappy Gunners fans that under-pressure Wenger is the greatest manager the club has ever had.
The Sunderland boss, who has crossed swords with Wenger on the touchline in the past, insists his opposite number should not be condemned for the midweek 4-0 pasting by AC Milan in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
The FA Cup now looks Arsenal's only chance of ending their seven-year trophy drought his season, but O'Neill believes his players can reverse the result of last weekend when the two sides met at the Stadium of Light and the visitors won 2-1. O'Neill said: "The Milan defeat has been heavy for them and I think they would admit that and that it was something they didn't expect.
"AC Milan played very, very well indeed and Arsenal on the night didn't do so. Regardless of that I think their concentration will be on the FA Cup tie as it's a competition they have won reasonably recently and believe they can win.
"AC Milan are a top-quality team and, let's face it, we are not as good as AC Milan. They are playing in the last 16 of the Champions League and that's where every single football club worth its salt is aspiring to get to and we are a long way off that.
"That doesn't mean we are not capable of winning the match, and that we don't have one or two players who can definitely cause them problems. I am just hoping that the advantages we might take into the game, such as having had an extra rest this week and playing at home, will help us."
Midfielder Lee Cattermole could be back in the Sunderland squad after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Nicklas Bendtner is back in training but, as the Denmark striker is on loan from the Gunners, he is ineligible for the fifth-round clash at the Stadium of Light.
David Vaughan (ankle) is still out as are Wes Brown (knee) and Titus Bramble (Achilles/calf).
More misery for Gunners
Arsenal are almost certain to end a seventh successive season without a major trophy after crashing out of the FA Cup in the fifth round following a 2-0 defeat at Sunderland.
The match came only three days after the Gunners' crushing 4-0 Champions League defeat against AC Milan and a week after their last-gasp Premier League win at the Stadium of Light.
Again it was Sunderland who took the lead through Kieran Richardson's volley five minutes before half-time but this time there was no way back for Arsene Wenger's side and the result was sealed by an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain own goal in the 78th minute.
Wenger threw Gervinho straight back into the team on his return from the African Nations Cup while Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukasz Fabianski were also among five changes from the Milan drubbing.
What Wenger did not need after losing Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in the past week was more defensive injuries but he was forced into a change after less than 10 minutes when Francis Coquelin appeared to suffer a hamstring problem and Sebastien Squillaci came on.
The Gunners had already gone close through Mikel Arteta's free-kick that curled narrowly wide, while Sunderland forward Stephane Sessegnon also drilled a shot just off target.
Last weekend's loss, inflicted by Thierry Henry's injury-time goal, was Martin O'Neill's first at home, and the Black Cats boss had goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to thank for a smart stop to deny Gervinho in the 28th minute.
Arsenal wanted a penalty when Robin van Persie went down under a challenge from John O'Shea, and the striker certainly had a case with O'Shea getting no more than the faintest of touches on the ball.
While the Gunners looked dangerous in attack, their defence again was not standing up very well to pressure and Johan Djourou became the first man in the book when he hauled down Craig Gardner after a poor touch had let the midfielder in.
Sebastian Larsson's free-kick was headed away by Thomas Vermaelen but only as far as Richardson, whose well-struck volley arrowed into the corner of the net with the aid of a slight deflection off Squillaci.
And it almost got worse for Arsenal before half-time as Jack Colback did well to keep in a deep cross from Larsson but James McClean could only poke his effort wide from close range under pressure from Fabianski.
Only the crudest of challenges from Bacary Sagna ended a break from McClean in the opening moments of the second half and the full-back was swiftly shown a yellow card.
Larsson has been deadly with free-kicks from just outside the box this season but this time his shot was just too high.
Eight minutes after the break Wenger made a double change, substitute Squillaci also appearing to pick up an injury and being replaced by Tomas Rosicky, while Theo Walcott came on for Ramsey.
Alex Song dropped back into the centre of defence and Walcott took up a forward position but it was Sunderland doing almost all the attacking.
Having survived that spell, the Gunners responded with a good bit of possession and Arteta won a free-kick 25 yards out for a foul by Larsson but Van Persie's effort was deflected behind and the corner came to nothing.
Sunderland's workrate really was phenomenal as they hassled and harried their opponents all over the pitch.
Vermaelen headed a free-kick from Arteta straight into the hands of Mignolet but the tie was decided in the 78th minute when Sunderland got their second.
Sessegnon created the goal with a run from inside his own half to the edge of the Arsenal area after more great Black Cats pressure had set up the break.
The Benin forward played in Larsson on the right and his shot rebounded off the inside of the near post onto to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who got his feet in a muddle and could only help the ball over the line.
Van Persie, who had been quiet all afternoon, stabbed a shot over the bar as Arsenal desperately sought a way back in but it was emphatically Sunderland's day.
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