Gunners top after inflicting more misery on Sunderland

But further goals from Olivier Giroud (two) and Sanchez condemned David Moyes' side to their eighth league defeat of the campaign.

Giroud, however, says the scoreline did not reflect a second half that proved troublesome at times for the Gunners.

The Arsenal manager refused to take credit for the change, telling reporters that it was the quality on the bench that made his job easier.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wanted a win in the early Saturday game to put pressure on his side's rivals and his players duly delivered.

However, Arsenal reasserted their authority and lead with three goals in six minutes and 20 seconds.

He scored with his first two touches after replacing Alex Iwobi in the 69th minute. "Then of course I was even anxious we could lose the game".

The 30-year-old secured victory with a looping near-post header from a Mesut Ozil corner soon after, before Sanchez kept his composure to add a close-range fourth after Gibbs's shot came back off the post. I'm very happy to be back on the pitch, and I'm taking a lot of pleasure from today obviously. "They played against a team with good quality". Here's all the info you need about the ground.

"The biggest thing which disappointed me was that we lost goals from crosses".

Olivier Giroud was also on the scoresheet twice against Sunderland in his Premier League return after spending more than a month on the sidelines. It's still the beginning of the league and I'm not the man who will speak too much because we are first.

The England midfielder conceded that anxiety began to creep in as the Gunners failed to kill off the encounter, before Giroud's timely introduction.

"We wonder if he's enjoyed his afternoon." they posed. "We were questioned with our spirit at one stage because we missed some chances, and at 1-1 you think that you could lose a game that should be over", he said. We had a few opportunities so we were confident that we just had to keep going.

The win moves Arsenal into first place, three points ahead of both Manchester City and Liverpool, who play later in the day on Saturday. "We missed so many chances, so many opportunities and I was anxious we could lose, but we have shown great strength to bounce back", Wenger told the BBC after the match.



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