Sunderland’s misery continued after Arsenal came away with a 2-0 victory at the Stadium of Light.
Alexis Sanchez got the opening goal of the game when Wes Brown turned towards his own goal and scuffed a backpass two yards ahead of him. The Chilean intercepted the pass and easily dinked the ball over Vito Mannone.
It was a highlight of the errors in Sunderland’s general play rather than an aberration, and Arsenal were not required to get out of first gear to complete an easy win.
In the second half, Arsenal continued to dominate possession but Sunderland stayed deep and remained organised. Arsenal could not break them down, but Sunderland similarly could not hit Arsenal on the counterattack in their search for an equaliser. And then, more embarrassment. Vito Mannone slipped as he tried to clear a backpass, Sanchez closed him down and sealed the match.