Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi extended his goal drought to 18 games for Arsenal who spanked Sunderland 4-1 at the Stadium Of Light in a Premier League early kick-off on Saturday.
A brace each from both Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud helped Arsenal back to winning ways
Iwobi was a bit subdued as he played for 69 minutes before making way for Giroud. The Nigeria youngster was making his eighth appearance for the Gunners and once failed to hit target from 20 yards during the game against Sunderland.
Jermain Defoe’s penalty cancelled out an early header from Sanchez but two quick-fire goals from Giroud – both netted within three minutes of being introduced – made the difference before Sanchez scored a fourth soon afterwards to move the Gunners to the top of the Premier League table.
For Sunderland, the game was their tenth without a win and this result has only heaped further pressure on David Moyes as the Black Cats remain rooted to the bottom of the standings.
Arsenal had the first attempt on goal in the opening 15 minutes when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’ s header crashed the crossbar.
However, they eventually went in front after 19 minutes after Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross from the right found Sanchez, who got ahead of Lamina Kone to glance a header into the far corner of the net.
Sunderland almost found an immediate response when Patrick van Aanholt’s free kick just missed the corner from 25 yards but it was largely one-way traffic for the remainder of the first half as Arsenal pushed for a second.
Petr Cech was adjudged to have hauled down Duncan Whatmore in the penalty area and it gave Defoe the chance to step up and send the goalkeeper the wrong way from 12 yards.
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