Google+ PLANET FOOT 7: Arsenal defeats Sunderland 3-1 in the first match of Ozil with the Gunners.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Arsenal defeats Sunderland 3-1 in the first match of Ozil with the Gunners.

Aaron Ramsey heaped praise on Mesut Ozil after the Germany international notched up an assist on his Premier League debut as Arsenal sealed victory at Sunderland.

Summer signing Ozil showed a delightful first touch before setting up Olivier Giroud, who gave Arsenal the guide in the 11th minute at the Stadium of Light.

However, the Black Cats fought back and Craig Gardner equalised from the penalty spot three minutes after the fracture following Laurent Koscielnys foul on Adam Johnson.

But Ramsey netted twice in the last 35 minutes to hand the Gunners their fifth straight win in all competitions.

Youve seen what he is all about slipping those balls in, he has one of highest assist-rates in Europe and he is going to make a lot of opportunities for us, said Ramsey before expressing his delight at netting the Gunners second and third goals.

Im delighted to be upon the scoresheet again. In the last few seasons Ive been getting into right positions but maybe Ive been lacking a bit of composure but Im enjoying it now.

There was controversy moments after Ramseys first strike when Sunderland forward Jozy Altidore was denied a goal as referee Martin Atkinson failed to play an advantage.

And Gunners boss Wenger admits his side were fortunate that the goal was not awarded.

We were a bit lucky at 2-1 maybe, but we found the mental resources to win, said Wenger, whose side moved summit of the Premier League table.

"It could have been a foul for us as well because Altidore took Sagna as well but the referee blew before the goal, I was determined of that because I saw him."

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