Arsenal vs. Sunderland: 5 Positives and 5 Negatives

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Arsenal vs. Sunderland: 5 Positives and 5 Negatives
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On a sun-drenched yet perpetually frustrating afternoon at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal failed to break down a stubborn and disciplined Sunderland defence in what ended as a goalless draw on the opening day of the 2012-13 Premier League season.

The first game since Robin van Persie departed for the red half of Manchester featured plenty of attacking impetus from the home side, especially from the Gunners' new Spaniard, Santi Cazorla, who impressed in an advanced midfield role.  

However, the game will come to be remembered for the hosts' struggles to beat a disciplined back four—Sunderland's Craig Gardner was on particularly good form in shutting the door.

With this one firmly in the annals of time, here are five positive and negatives takeaways from what was quite the gripping encounter.

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