I suppose it would be fair to say that Arsenal were a little bit fortunate to find themselves heading into the break in the lead, as the visitors Sunderland had started the game pretty well while the Gunners were struggling to find any kind of fluency or threat.
The Black Casts had enjoyed the best of the chances including an early one for Borini that he really should have done better with after being fed through to a one on one with Petr Cech. But Arsenal did take the lead in the 33rd minute and it was a goal of real quality.
Mesut Ozil, who else, our king of the assists was the man who opened up the Sunderland back line with a lovely slide rule pass which our Costa Rican international forward finished with coolness and composure.
Once again, however, Arsenal managed to blow that early lead and it was typical of what has been happening to us recently. A combination of poor play and bad luck saw Arsenal concede a free kick which was whipped in by M’Vila and glanced off Giroud’s leg past Cech for the equaliser right on the stroke of half time.
Wenger now has a massive job to do to get the Gunners going in the right direction after the restart. Can he do it?