Match Report - Arsenal v Sunderland - 06 Oct 2002
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Kanu had grabbed a quick-fire brace but it is the injury to Sorensen, believed to be a dislocated elbow, that will perhaps have worse repercussions.
Patrick Vieira had made the score 3-0 on the stroke of half time, and a showboating second half saw a late, but brilliantly taken, consolation from Jody Craddock.
Craddock showed all the belief and bravery that Sunderland had so missed to get his head to a lovely flighted Kevin Kilbane cross and smash past David Seaman.
In Peter Reid's worst nightmares he cannot have envisioned a worst start to the match.
With less than two minutes on the clock Thierry Henry curled a low corner in that caught Sorensen off guard and his parry left Kanu to thump over the line, despite the goalkeeper's efforts.
Still stunned Sunderland quickly conceded again, when a scintillating move left Ashley Cole to pick out a deep cross that Kanu nodded home with aplomb.
To add injury to insult, Sorensen was then badly injured when he collided with a defender after a high ball was flung forward.
The goalkeeper was carried off with a suspected dislocated elbow, and was replaced by Thomas Myhre.
The Black Cats went into damage limitation mode, to the extent that Arsenal's fans started cheering every touch by the opposition, but as the half entered time added on a low free kick was parried up to Patrick Vieira who headed home his first of the season.
The second half saw Arsenal ease off, although only goal line blocks denied Gilberto and Henry.
But the job was pretty much done in ten minutes of brilliance, as Arsenal cruise on.