Arsenal have chosen the match to allow some match time to fringe players such as Pepe. However, the Gunners fielded a strong bench..in case the match turns South.
In his 100th match for Arsenal, Pepe added a 2nd following Nketiah’s bundled opener. Despite, this Sunderland refused to lie down, and pulled one back through Broadhead, before continuing to threaten right up to the break.
It will be interesting to see how much emphasis Arteta puts on this match during the 2nd half, and whether there will be more first team regulars should Sunderland look close to overpowering the Gunners.
Arsenal come out with a slender 1 goal lead. Can they manage the game well to see it out?
Nketiah again on 49 minutes! Arsenal have a 2 goal cushion restored after fine work from Tavares!!