Arsenal 2 (Robin van Persie 1,83)-Sunderland 1 (Sebastien Larsson, 31)
Arsenal secured just their third win of the 2011/2012 English Premier League season and were able to alleviate a monumental amount of intensifying pressure with a 2-1 victory against Sunderland at the Emirates. It came down to pure class from Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, who secured both the Gunners' goals, the winner a majestic free kick.
It was much the same story for Arsene Wenger's men, and fans can be forgiven for feeling deja vu. It took the North London giants under a minute to open the scoring when Gervinho broke away and found Robin van Persie, who calmly scored. As always, the Gunners boasted possession, created opportunities and had Sunderland on the back foot.
However, as always, Arsenal failed to capitalize on their possession dominance and opportunities, and Sunderland found the equalizer. Former Arsenal ace Sebastien Larsson showed amazing touch with a phenomenal free kick just after the half hour.
The Gunners, as expected, became on the back foot, and the Black Cats began to grow in confidence and began to launch attacks of their own. However, after the main interval, it was Arsenal who regained their dominance, and possession slowly became all Arsenal.
Steve Bruce's men tried tirelessly to contain the Gunners with physical defending and needless fouls but eventually, Arsene Wenger's men were rewarded when van Persie was fouled on the edge of the box and had no such restrictions in converting the free kick.
Arsenal survive, for now.