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A controversial affair at the Stadium of Light featured Arsenal run out 3-1 victors over Sunderland.
Mesut Ozil bagged his first assist for the Gunners early on by slipping in Olivier Giroud for a near-post finish, but Laurent Koscielny foolishly hauled down Adam Johnson in the area, and Craig Gardner slotted home from the spot before halftime.
Aaron Ramsey picked up two goals in 10 minutes in the second half—the first a sumptuous volley from 16 yards, the second a slotted finish after great buildup play—but the real storyline is Jozy Altidore's disallowed goal.
The U.S. international was fouled but went onto score—only the referee failed to play the advantage and brought the game back for a foul. Retired legendary England striker Gary Lineker had a hard time believing the call.
"Shocking decision by the ref at Sunderland," he tweeted. "a) Not to allow advantage for Altidore goal. b) No red card. Needs to be seen to be believed."
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