Sports

Sunderland Escape Bottom Three In Premier League After Draw With Arsenal

 crawled out of the Premier League relegation zone and Arsenal dropped points in their quest for a top-four finish in a lively 0-0 draw at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

A game full of chances saw Sunderland’sPatrick van Aanholt rattle the woodwork with a first-half free kick while at the other end former Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone made several great saves to deny his old club.

Both sides had strong penalty appeals turned down too, first when Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker blocked Jermain Defoe‘s shot with his arm, then minutes later when DeAndre Yedlin‘s outstretched arm deflected away ’s shot.

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?:   Guardiola makes Ilkay Gundogan is first Man City signing

image

Arsenal finished strongly and Mannone saved from Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck but Sunderland grasped the point that moved them above Norwich City on goal difference with both sides having four matches to play.

Second-from-bottom Newcastle United are a point back with one less game remaining.

Arsenal stayed in fourth spot, behind on goal difference and five points above FA Cup finalists Manchester United, but a 19th consecutive appearance in the  is still not guaranteed as United have a game in hand.

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?:   Nigeria's Ahmed Musa Could Be On His Way To The Premier League

The visitors dominated possession in the first half with Iwobi going close and Mesut Ozilforcing Mannone into fine saves although Van Aanholt came closest with a terrific free kick.

Sunderland were full of running after the break though and had the better chances with Defoe having a powerful effort beaten away by Petr Cech and the former England striker then lobbing just wide.

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?:   Enugu Rangers Wins First NPFL Title After 32 Years

One brighter note for Arsenal was midfielderJack Wilshere‘s first appearance of the season after sustaining a leg fracture that required an operation.

Leave a Reply