Last Updated: 14/09/13 4:54pm
Full time. Sunderland did well to get back into the match and pushed Arsenal a long way. But the Gunners' quality showed as Ramsey netted twice to give the visitors a comfortable away win. Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal
Dangerous moment as Altidore beats Szczesny to the ball, but the linesman raises his flag for offside.
Akpom makes his debut. On for the injured Giroud. Gardner takes the free kick, but it does not trouble Arsenal.
Sunderland with a free kick, but there's a hold up as the referee has a heated discussion with the Di Canio, who is sent off.
Real problem for Arsenal as Giroud is still down on the ground. The fourth official indicates 4 minutes added on.
Arsenal now looking to see out the match. Ramsey makes a good run and finds Giroud in the box, but he blasts his shot wide of goal.
Sunderland still pushing for a way back into the game, Wickham takes a shot at goal, but it's straight at the Arsenal stopper.
Arsenal just passing the ball around at the back. But Sunderland get the ball back and Borini is allowed a shot at goal.
Walcott tries to play the ball across the box, but it's cut out and Borini wins a corner at the other end after his shot is blocked.
GOAL! And they have it. Giroud slips Ramsey through on goal as the Welshman slides the ball home underneath the goalkeeper.
Sunderland will feel really robbed by the referee. Why he didn't allow advantage for the Altidore goal, no one will know.
The referee is a real unpopular figure right now as Gardner's free kick is well over the bar. Goal line technology shows Altidore clearly had a goal.
Altidore has the ball in the back of the net, but the referee pulls it back for a free kick on the edge of the area for some reason.
A good attack by Sunderland is just cut out by Sagna, who is doing well in the centre back role today.
Goal! Arsenal are back in front. Ramsey with a fantastic volley after he is picked out by Jenkinson on the edge of the area.
The Gunners now piling on the pressure, and Walcott plays a dangerous ball across the box. Unfortunately no one is able to get on the end of it.
Arsenal now have a chance to attack, but they are forced all the way back to the half way line after some solid defending from Sunderland.
His delivery is poor though and it is cleared to Gardner. The cross back into the box is well over everyone, though. Chance for Arsenal to take a breather.
Sunderland really pushing for their second now as they win a corner from Johnson's shot at goal. Ki to take.
Gardner takes the free kick, and it is very close to a goal as the ball strikes the post. Ki looked like he got his head to it, though, and was called offside anyway.
Ah so close. Fletcher has the ball in the back of the net after good play from Johnson, but replays show the striker is at least a yard offside.
Good passing move from Arsenal as Walcott is eventually put through on goal, unfortunately he starts his run to early and is called offside.
Arsenal now attacking at the other end, but the chance is snuffed out after a poor pass on the edge of the area.
Arsenal building from the back. They'll be really desperate to take the lead after their wastefulness in the first half.
Arsenal win a corner at the other end after a good run from Wilshere. Walcott takes, but it's well cleared by Diakite.
Will Gooderham: Think Arsenal are doing well with Giroud up front and a strong midfield, but still think they need another striker to partner Giroud. COME ON ARSENAL!!!!!!!
Rob "boom boom boom boom" Dear: Looking forward to finally seeing Ozil playing, hoping to see some assists from him and a big old sack of goals from the handsome fella!
Half-time at the Stadium of Light. Comfortable half for Arsenal as they lead 1-0 thanks to Giroud and some brilliant play from record signing Mesut Ozil.
Ozil has a pop at goal after a good dribble into the area, but his shot is well block by two Sunderland defenders.
Good ball over the top to Fletcher on the quick counter, but the striker went a little bit early and is called offside.
Sunderland finally get a sniff of the ball once again, still looking to get that all important equaliser.
Walcott takes, but it's headed on over everyone, before Ramsey gives away a free kick near the corner flag.
Sunderland finally get the ball after Diakite wins the ball of Giroud, but it's not too long before Arsenal are back in possession.
Gibbs makes a good run down the wing, but his cross into the area is well over everyone and is gathered by Westwood.
Sunderland, though, don't seem out of the game just yet. As long as it stays at 1-0, they still have a chance.
Brilliant pass from Ozil as he finds Wilshere, who is brought down on the edge of the area. The referee is having none of it, though. Play goes on.
Free kick to Arsenal as Wilshere is bundled over in midfield. Walcott looks like he'll take this one.
Ozil plays Walcott through on goal once again, but the England international's shot is straight at the goalkeeper from an accute angle.
Fletcher getting his own back as he brings down Flamini in midfield after an exchanging a few words with the referee.
Ozil really at the centre of all Arsenal's attacking play, doesn't really come off this time as he slips Wilshere through, who fails to find Gibbs on the wing.
Szczesny has a bit of a scare there as he fails to keep hold of a shot from distance from Altidore, but luckily there is no one in the box to take advantage.
The Black Cats are struggling to retain possession against the quality of Arsenal, who are really exerting the pressure now.
Ozil nearly has his second assist as he puts Walcott through on goal, but the winger's effort is straight at Westwood in goal.
Sunderland hit the bar as Diakite gets on the end of a Mavrias corner as they look for a quick reply.
GOAL! Just like that Ozil has his first assist of his Arsenal career as he slips Giroud through on goal who slots it into the bottom left corner.
Arsenal building up slowly, passing the ball around the box, but it comes to nothing as a cross goes straight at the goalkeeper.
Sunderland doing well to deny Arsenal the ball at times, but they are also having problems in the final third.
Arsenal just looking to string together a couple of passes in the final third, and Ramsey fails to slip Giroud through on goal.
Sunderland seeing a bit more of the ball in the early exchanges and a moment of poor defending from Jenkinson almost lets the Black Cats in.
Wilshere just made a good run into the box there, but the midfielder is immediately crowded out by the Black Cats defence.
Arsenal give away an early free kick, but Ki blasts it straight at the first defender. The Gunners do well to see out the danger.
Sarah 'Crusoe' Robinson: My predictions for todays match is 2-1 [to Arsenal]. Looking forward to todays match after our last win :D
Marie Breeze: I'm expecting a 3-1 result today with Ozil to get a debut goal and also giroud to snatch the other two. And just before the end of the game Steven Fletcher to score a consolation COYG!!
Dileep: Hello. Hopefully Ozil will make his debut today against Sunderland. I believe he is a positive signing for the Gunners, as Arsenal are a very attacking side. If he starts today Di Canio's side need to be aware of his talent because he could cause a lot of problems for Sunderland. However, Sunderland have made good signings this summer and they too could cause problems for Arsenal. My prediction is 1-2 to Arsenal.
Sunderland are proving friendless in the betting ahead of their clash with Arsenal. The Black Cats have drifted from 7/2 to 4/1 as punters pile into 4/6 shots Arsenal, who have lost only one of their last nine Premier League matches on Wearside. Oliver Giroud has scored in each of the Gunners league matches this term and is 7/2 to net the opener with new signing Mesut Ozil 8/1 to break the deadlock on his debut.
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In Arsenal team news, record signing Mesut Ozil makes his debut from the start, while Flamini is also handed his first start since making his return to the club. The injured Thomas Vermaelen and Nacho Monreal are back on the bench, but on-loan goalkeeper Viviano has not made the squad.
Sunderland make a couple of changes to their side from the 3-1 loss the Crystal Palace. O'Shea of course will serve suspension, while Wickham drops to the bench and Giaccherini is out of the squad completely. Fletcher comes into the starting line-up alongside Roberge and Mavrias. New signing Fabio Borini is on the bench, but there is no place in the squad for fellow new boy Dossena.
Arsene Wenger, though, has plenty of absentees to deal with as Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta, Thomas Vermaelen and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all out injured. New goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano is expected to be named on the bench, with Wojciech Szczesny still considered Wenger's first-choice goalkeeper.
Mesut Ozil is expected to make his Arsenal debut after making his €50 million move to the Emirates as the Gunners look to add to their four-match winning streak, having most recently seen off bitter rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium to go fourth in the Premier League.
The Black Cats are still looking for their first victory - having drawn one and lost two of their opening three games. Paolo Di Canio could hand debuts to deadline day signings Fabio Borini and Andrea Dossena following the Italian's mass overhaul of the Sunderland squad after their close brush with relegation last season.