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Sunderland   1 - 1   Arsenal

Darren Bent scores the late winner
Bent's late winner came with seconds remaining

By Saj Chowdhury

Darren Bent's injury-time strike earned Sunderland a deserved point against 10-man Arsenal at the Stadium of Light.

The visitors took the lead when Cesc Fabregas's block on Anton Ferdinand's clearance flew in from 40 yards.

Arsenal, who had Alex Song sent off for two yellow cards, missed a penalty when Tomas Rosicky blazed over after Ahmed Elmohamady had fouled Samir Nasri.

Deep into injury time, Bent pounced to smash in from inside the six-yard area after Gael Clichy had failed to clear.

As heartbroken as Arsenal would have been at the final whistle, even the most ardent of their supporters would say Sunderland were worthy of a point from the game.

There was much to admire about Steve Bruce's passionate Black Cats who fought from the first whistle to the last and fell behind in the most extraordinary way.

606: DEBATE

Describing Arsenal's solitary effort as a 'fluke' is not an adequate enough description of the goal.

Sunderland began the match brilliantly and prevented the Gunners from getting into their fluent groove by closing their opponents down at every opportunity.

But it was the closing down by Arsenal that contributed to the first goal, when the bubbly Fabregas took a chance, ran towards Ferdinand and stuck out a hopeful foot before watching his block travel 40 yards over the stranded Simon Mignolet and into the net.

Having made the major contribution, the Spain World Cup winner was brought off as a precautionary measure after appearing to struggle with his hamstring.

Draw feels like a win - Bruce

The goal should have raised Arsenal's game, but much to manager Arsene Wenger's consternation on the sidelines it was Sunderland who continued to push his team back.

And they should have gone into the break 2-1 up, with Nedum Onuoha heading over from six yards and Cristian Riveros failing to make a decent connection with Elmohamady's lovely delivery from the right.

Arsenal began the second half better than they started the second, with Russian Andrey Arshavin firing over from Marouane Chamakh's low ball before the Moroccan himself saw his effort smothered by Mignolet.

Wenger surprised by Arsenal penalty taker

With Arsenal slowly beginning to take control of the match they were reduced to 10 men when Song was shown a second yellow for blocking Steed Malbranque.

Time was running out for Sunderland to take advantage of their new situation. When Arsenal won a penalty it seemed as if Bruce's men were going to leave their home ground having suffered only their second home defeat in 13 matches.

But the gods showed the Black Cats another ray of light when Rosicky inexplicably blazed over the bar.

With seconds remaining, Sunderland knocked on the door once when Clichy had to clear his team-mate Denilson's header off the Arsenal goalline before they finally broke the door down when this time Clichy cleared straight to Bent who fired high into the goal.

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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sunderland 1-1 Arsenal FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Bent 90+5
  • Fabregas 13

Sunderland

Substitutes

Arsenal

Substitutes

Ref: DowdAtt: 38,950
SUNDERLAND
ARSENAL

Possession

  • Sunderland 48%
  • Arsenal 52%

Attempts on target

  • Sunderland 5
  • Arsenal 7

Attempts off target

  • Sunderland 11
  • Arsenal 9

Corners

  • Sunderland 11
  • Arsenal 3

Fouls

  • Sunderland 12
  • Arsenal 13
  • Final Result
  • 96:11 The referee starts the match.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:14 GOAL - Darren BentSunderland 1 - 1 Arsenal A goal is scored by Darren Bent from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-1 Arsenal.
  • 90:00+3:57 Corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid from the left by-line, clearance made by Marouane Chamakh.
  • 90:00+3:37 Titus Bramble takes a shot. Sebastien Squillaci gets a block in.
  • 90:00+3:09 Boudewijn Zenden crosses the ball, Neves Denilson manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+2:39 Centre by Asamoah Gyan, Sebastien Squillaci makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+2:06 Neves Denilson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
  • 90:00 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 89:45 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line to the near post, Neves Denilson manages to make a clearance.
  • 89:38 The ball is swung over by Asamoah Gyan, blocked by Tomas Rosicky.
  • 88:46 Asamoah Gyan produces a cross, Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.
  • Correction - 87:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kieran Richardson on Marouane Chamakh. Direct free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.
  • 87:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Anton Ferdinand on Bacary Sagna. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.
  • 85:17 Substitution Andy Reid on for Steed Malbranque.
  • 85:11 Long range effort from Neves Denilson misses to the left of the goal.
  • Correction - 84:16 Samir Nasri takes the direct free kick.
  • 84:16 Strike on goal comes in from Samir Nasri from the free kick.
  • 84:16 Booking Steed Malbranque receives a caution.
  • Correction - 84:06 Steed Malbranque challenges Neves Denilson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 84:06 Unfair challenge on Neves Denilson by Steed Malbranque results in a free kick.
  • 82:35 Samir Nasri produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 81:18 The ball is delivered by Titus Bramble, save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 80:26 Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 78:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Boudewijn Zenden on Neves Denilson. Sebastien Squillaci restarts play with the free kick.
  • 77:52 Unfair challenge on Jordan Henderson by Tomas Rosicky results in a free kick. Titus Bramble takes the free kick.
  • 75:42 Substitution Nedum Onuoha goes off and Boudewijn Zenden comes on.
  • 75:26 The ball is sent over by Tomas Rosicky, clearance by Jordan Henderson.
  • 73:09 Penalty taken by Tomas Rosicky and missed.
  • 73:09 Unfair challenge on Samir Nasri by Ahmed Elmohamady results in a Penalty.
  • 71:43 Foul by Nedum Onuoha on Gael Clichy, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Tomas Rosicky, save by Simon Mignolet.
  • 69:53 Effort from outside the penalty box by Tomas Rosicky goes wide left of the goal.
  • 68:16 Corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the left by-line to the near post, Titus Bramble takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
  • 68:09 The ball is sent over by Steed Malbranque, Marouane Chamakh gets a block in.
  • 67:12 Kieran Richardson delivers the ball.
  • 66:11 The ball is sent over by Samir Nasri, Simon Mignolet makes a save.
  • 64:49 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line to the near post, Gael Clichy makes a clearance.
  • 63:47 Effort from long distance by Tomas Rosicky goes wide right of the target.
  • 62:45 Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.
  • 62:45 Substitution Cristian Riveros goes off and Asamoah Gyan comes on.
  • 62:45 Booking Cristian Riveros receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 62:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Cristian Riveros on Marouane Chamakh.
  • 61:41 Danny Welbeck produces a cross, Neves Denilson manages to make a clearance.
  • 61:14 Foul by Marouane Chamakh on Danny Welbeck, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Kieran Richardson.
  • 59:26 Neves Denilson fouled by Ahmed Elmohamady, the ref awards a free kick. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 58:03 Foul by Titus Bramble on Jack Wilshere, free kick awarded. Samir Nasri has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
  • 57:22 Substitution Neves Denilson is brought on as a substitute for Andrey Arshavin.
  • 57:11 Effort from inside the area by Darren Bent misses to the left of the target.
  • 56:44 Jordan Henderson decides to take a short corner.
  • 55:34 Darren Bent gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.
  • 54:51 Anton Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
  • 54:51 Sent off Alex Song is sent off by the referee for second bookable offence.
  • 54:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Steed Malbranque.
  • 53:52 Centre by Bacary Sagna.
  • 53:23 The ball is crossed by Jordan Henderson, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
  • 52:37 Shot from just outside the area by Jordan Henderson misses to the right of the target.
  • 51:53 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Titus Bramble manages to make a clearance.
  • 51:45 Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
  • 50:54 The ball is swung over by Danny Welbeck, Headed effort from inside the box by Darren Bent misses to the right of the target.
  • 49:43 Andrey Arshavin crosses the ball, clearance made by Cristian Riveros.
  • 48:35 Shot by Andrey Arshavin from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
  • 47:27 Free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.
  • 47:27 Booking Danny Welbeck is given a yellow card.
  • 47:18 Danny Welbeck gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna.
  • 46:24 Centre by Marouane Chamakh, Close range effort by Andrey Arshavin goes over the bar.
  • 45:32 Danny Welbeck produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:46 Samir Nasri takes a shot. Anton Ferdinand gets a block in.
  • 45:00 The first half comes to an end.
  • 44:30 Ahmed Elmohamady crosses the ball, Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Manuel Almunia makes a save.
  • 44:26 Cristian Riveros crosses the ball, Sebastien Squillaci manages to make a clearance.
  • 43:59 Ahmed Elmohamady challenges Alex Song unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jack Wilshere takes the direct free kick.
  • 42:41 Samir Nasri takes the inswinging corner, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.
  • 39:36 The ball is sent over by Jack Wilshere, Anton Ferdinand makes a clearance.
  • 39:00 A cross is delivered by Gael Clichy.
  • 37:18 Free kick crossed by Anton Ferdinand, clearance made by Marouane Chamakh.
  • 37:18 Booking Booking for Alex Song for unsporting behaviour.
  • 37:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Henderson by Alex Song.
  • 35:50 The ball is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady, Cristian Riveros takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Almunia.
  • 35:04 Nedum Onuoha sends in a cross, Samir Nasri makes a clearance.
  • 34:27 A cross is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady, Gael Clichy makes a clearance.
  • 33:59 Alex Song gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque. Free kick taken by Anton Ferdinand.
  • 32:01 Darren Bent is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
  • 31:44 The ball is crossed by Kieran Richardson, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
  • 31:35 Kieran Richardson delivers the ball, clearance by Sebastien Squillaci.
  • 31:09 The ball is sent over by Ahmed Elmohamady, Alex Song makes a clearance.
  • 30:45 Laurent Koscielny concedes a free kick for a foul on Titus Bramble. Anton Ferdinand takes the free kick.
  • 30:15 The referee penalises Samir Nasri for handball. Direct free kick taken by Kieran Richardson.
  • 28:42 Outswinging corner taken by Jordan Henderson, save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 28:22 Substitution Francesc Fabregas leaves the field to be replaced by Tomas Rosicky.
  • 27:22 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.
  • 27:06 Bacary Sagna crosses the ball, clearance made by Titus Bramble.
  • 26:06 Ahmed Elmohamady crosses the ball.
  • 25:21 The ball is sent over by Cristian Riveros, Samir Nasri manages to make a clearance.
  • 24:31 Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 24:06 Corner from the right by-line taken by Jordan Henderson, Manuel Almunia makes a save.
  • 22:38 Free kick crossed right-footed by Jordan Henderson from right channel, clearance by Gael Clichy.
  • 22:38 Booking Jack Wilshere is given a yellow card.
  • 22:31 Jack Wilshere concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Welbeck.
  • 21:09 Ahmed Elmohamady fouled by Gael Clichy, the ref awards a free kick. Jordan Henderson takes the free kick.
  • 20:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque by Alex Song. Steed Malbranque restarts play with the free kick.
  • 20:46 The ball is sent over by Samir Nasri, blocked by Anton Ferdinand.
  • 19:07 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jack Wilshere played to the near post.
  • 18:53 A cross is delivered by Andrey Arshavin, Alex Song takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
  • 18:40 Bacary Sagna crosses the ball, Titus Bramble manages to make a clearance.
  • 17:20 Corner taken by Jordan Henderson played to the near post, clearance made by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 16:40 Alex Song challenges Steed Malbranque unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anton Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
  • 15:50 Steed Malbranque produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 15:38 Kieran Richardson sends in a cross, clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.
  • 14:33 Corner from the right by-line taken by Jordan Henderson, Header from deep inside the area by Nedum Onuoha goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 14:09 The referee blows for offside against Darren Bent. Manuel Almunia restarts play with the free kick.
  • 12:33 GOAL - Francesc FabregasSunderland 0 - 1 Arsenal Francesc Fabregas finds the net with a goal from long distance to the top left corner of the goal. Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal.
  • 12:17 Centre by Ahmed Elmohamady, clearance by Bacary Sagna.
  • 11:03 Jordan Henderson has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
  • 10:31 Andrey Arshavin challenges Steed Malbranque unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anton Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
  • 9:40 Corner taken by Jordan Henderson played to the near post, Alex Song makes a clearance.
  • 9:35 Jordan Henderson delivers the ball, blocked by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 7:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ahmed Elmohamady on Gael Clichy. Manuel Almunia restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:30 Jordan Henderson takes a corner.
  • 6:26 The ball is delivered by Steed Malbranque, blocked by Bacary Sagna.
  • 4:20 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
  • 2:05 Ahmed Elmohamady fouled by Alex Song, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jordan Henderson from left wing, Francesc Fabregas manages to make a clearance.
  • 0:56 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Cristian Riveros misses to the left of the target.
  • 0:33 Foul by Marouane Chamakh on Nedum Onuoha, free kick awarded. Titus Bramble takes the free kick.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 18 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 4 16 12
2 Arsenal 5 10 11
3 Man Utd 4 6 8
4 Tottenham 5 2 8
5 Newcastle 5 2 7
6 Fulham 5 1 7
7 Blackpool 4 0 7
8 Aston Villa 5 -3 7
9 West Brom 5 -4 7
10 Sunderland 5 0 6
11 Birmingham 5 -1 6
12 Bolton 5 -1 6
13 Man City 4 2 5
14 Blackburn 5 -1 5
15 Wolves 5 -2 5
16 Liverpool 4 -2 5
17 Stoke 5 -3 4
18 Wigan 4 -9 4
19 Everton 5 -3 2
20 West Ham 5 -10 1

see also
Wenger angered by stoppage time
18 Sep 10 |  Premier League
Bent happy to bag late equaliser
18 Sep 10 |  Arsenal
Draw feels like a win - Bruce
18 Sep 10 |  Sunderland
Saturday football as it happened
18 Sep 10 |  Football
Saturday's football photos
18 Sep 10 |  Football



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