Arsenal vs Sunderland live - Live coverage - The Independent

Arsenal vs Sunderland live

    1/9/2016 2:16:35 PM

    Lens opens the scoring after sloppy Arsenal defending
    Campbell replies with measured finish
    Ramsey comes off the bench to put hosts in front
    Giroud adds a third from close range
    1/9/2016 2:16:11 PM
    Follow live updates of Arsenal vs Sunderland from 2pm
    1/9/2016 12:57:16 PM
    We'll have team news from Emirates Stadium shortly...
    1/9/2016 2:02:45 PM
    Subs: Mannone, Jones, Borini, Defoe, M'Vila, Mavrias, Beadling.
    Sunderland XI v Arsenal: ​Pickford, van Aanholt, Cattermole, O'Shea (c), Lens, Graham, Toivonen, Coates, Fletcher, Yedlin, Watmore. #ARSSUN
    Arsenal are taking their time today....Gunners team news will be with us shortly.

    1/9/2016 2:06:59 PM

    1/9/2016 2:14:06 PM
    Well - that team is quite a turn up for the books, isn't it?

    Arsene Wenger clearly has his eye on a third FA Cup crown because that is an exciting side.

    Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud both start but it doesn't look like Le Professeur will stray from his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
    1/9/2016 2:18:06 PM
    Alex Iwobi looks set to start on the right while Theo Walcott is in line for a spot on the left flank. But that leaves Joel Campbell to come in at number 10, I presume.

    Calum Chambers and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are the likely candidates to start in a midfield two.
    1/9/2016 2:22:51 PM
    The Ox can play just about anywhere, can't he?

    And it's a good job because he hasn't actually made his mind up where he wants to play yet.

    "Maybe eventually in the next few years I might have to tie myself down to one and try to become as good as I can in that position. But who knows what the future holds?"

    See his full quotes in the link below.
    1/9/2016 2:24:52 PM
    1/9/2016 2:26:05 PM
    Mesut Ozil has -finally - been rested by Wenger.

    The German has been in inspirational form of late but has - deservedly - been given the day off this afternoon.

    I'm sure he'll be in the crowd, or out there somewhere, assisting somebody...

    1/9/2016 2:33:51 PM
    It's not pretty up in north London this afternoon.

    But it looks like the rain is going to hold off.

    1/9/2016 2:37:22 PM
    Scrambling around for a pre-match long read? I've got what you're looking for.

    Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny is closing in on a switch to the Gunners - and you might have heard all about him - but do you know what he's going to bring to the party?

    We've spoken to Egyptian football website KingFut to get an expert opinion on the 23-year-old.

    "Incredible stamina and can score from 30-yards" - not a bad summary, eh folks?

    1/9/2016 2:41:28 PM

    1/9/2016 2:44:27 PM
    STAT: Arsenal have not lost an FA Cup tie in 12 games. The north Londoners' last defeat arrived in February 2013 when Blackburn won 1-0 at the Emirates in the fifth round.

    1/9/2016 2:49:01 PM

    1/9/2016 2:50:32 PM
    KICK-OFF: Arsenal get us underway....
    1/9/2016 3:00:28 PM
    2 mins: It's been a confident start for Arsenal, who are stroking the ball around nicely. 

    What's clear from the opening exchanges is that this Sunderland side are ready to defend.
    1/9/2016 3:03:44 PM
    3 mins: Curse of the commentator! Lens seizes on a loose ball, skips past Koscielny and fires an effort at goal. Cech dives low to his right but the ball flies just past the post.

    The visitors weren't scared of pushing men forward there.
    1/9/2016 3:04:53 PM

    1/9/2016 3:06:39 PM
    Formation update: Ox and Chambers are in the midfield two. Campbell is on the right, Walcott is on the left and Mr. Iwobi is at number 10.
    1/9/2016 3:08:52 PM
    CHANCE! Arsenal have the first sight of goal but Pickford palms Gibbs' effort away! That will do the youngster's confidence the world of good.

    1/9/2016 3:10:16 PM
    Walcott and Giroud exchange passes before the latter tees up Gibbs, who makes a late run into the box but has to stretch for the ball. The full-back's strike is clean but Pickford is equal to it.
    1/9/2016 3:11:52 PM
    13 mins: I think calling that a cross is generous. Awful.

    1/9/2016 3:16:23 PM
    GOAL! Lens puts Sunderland in front!
    1/9/2016 3:17:36 PM
    What is Gibbs playing at? He wins the ball back but then gets into a world of trouble and plays a hospital pass to Koscielny.

    The Frenchman is dispossessed by Lens, who races clear and smashes the ball past Cech.

    You have to say - Sunderland deserve that.
    1/9/2016 3:21:18 PM
    Gabriel is down injured. He's fallen heavily on his ankle and it looks like his afternoon is  over...

    With no Per Mertesacker on the bench, Wenger could be short of options here.
    1/9/2016 3:22:15 PM
    Nope - he's a tougher cookie than I've given him credit for. The Brazilian is hobbling back onto the pitch and is going to try and run it off.
    1/9/2016 3:23:38 PM
    GOAL! Campbell equalises with a cracking finish!
    1/9/2016 3:26:38 PM
    Iwobi breaks down the left flank and flicks the ball back across the box. Campbell cuts inside to meet it and slots home with a perfectly controlled finish.

    That's more like it from the home side.

    1/9/2016 3:29:02 PM
    Ozil liked that one! 

    1/9/2016 3:30:43 PM
    29 mins: Oxlade-Chamberlain is the latest Arsenal player to have a crack from long range but he drags his effort wide of the target.
    1/9/2016 3:31:40 PM
    34 mins: Cattermole has a chance to shoot after a Sunderland corner is half cleared and....well, let's say he doesn't make the most of it. Miles over.
    1/9/2016 3:36:48 PM
    38 mins: Oxlade-Chamberlain threads a superb through ball between two Sunderland defenders and Walcott is onto it like a flash.

    So too is Pickford, who does well to come off his line and reach the ball before the Gunners front man.
    1/9/2016 3:41:34 PM

    1/9/2016 3:42:01 PM
    Arsenal are definitely missing Ozil's delivery....

    1/9/2016 4:07:12 PM
    51 mins: Arsenal have settled into their groove in the early stages of this half. Sunderland look to have retreated somewhat. The visitors need to stay on the front foot of the hosts are going to overrun them.
    1/9/2016 4:12:03 PM
    54 mins: I'm not sure what the message was in the Sunderland dressing room at half time but the visitors look far less confident since the break.

    1/9/2016 4:14:39 PM
    OFF THE POST! Oxlade-Chamberlain's curler cannons back off the upright!
    1/9/2016 4:15:58 PM
    The 22-year-old is so unlucky. He swivels to make himself a bit of space on the edge of the area and curls an effort around Pickford but his effort clips the post.

    The ball flies back into play but Walcott can't direct the rebound on target.
    1/9/2016 4:17:46 PM
    OFF THE BAR! Fletcher's header hits the upright!
    1/9/2016 4:18:39 PM
    Lens floats a cross towards the back post and Cech loses flight of the ball. Fletcher is there to meet it but can only direct his header onto the frame of the goal. A let off for Arsenal. This is end-to-end stuff.
    1/9/2016 4:20:51 PM
Powered by Platform for Live Reporting, Events, and Social Engagement
Latest stories from i100
Career Services
Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 15 May 2015