Manager Paolo di Canio was absolutely irate with officials during Sunderland’s 3-1 home defeat to Arsenal, after head man Martin Atkinson blew for a foul way too early, which preempted Jozy Altidore scoring a goal that would have tied the match at 2-2 at the time. Backtracking a bit now, Mesut Ozil made his much anticipated debut on the day for the Gunners, and it didn’t take long for an impact to be felt with Ozil setting up Olivier Giroud for Arsenal’s 1st goal in the 11th minute. The crisp movement of the goal was something to behold and Arsenal took that 1-0 lead into the break. For lack of a better term, things got weird after that starting with Craig Gardner dispatching a penalty on 48 minutes to level the match for Sunderland. The joy of those at the Stadium of Light was short-lived though with Aaron Ramsey breaking the draw and putting Arsenal ahead 2-1 with a thunderous volley from a Carl Jenkinson cross in the 67th. Then “The Incident” happened, with Altidore being fouled by Bacary Sagna before going on a tear and chipping past Wojciech Szczesny for an apparent equalizer. Atkinson brought the whole move back though, stating he had blown the whistle in the split-second between the foul and subsequent goal drive. Anyone wearing Red and White was furious with the call (as right they should have been) and another Ramsey goal late on did them in with Sunderland suffering a cruel defeat on the day Ozil made his debut for Arsenal.
Next Matches: Sunderland at West Brom. Arsenal vs. Stoke CityStat of Match: Ball Possession Sunderland: 31% Arsenal: 69%