Van Persie a class above as Arsenal edge past struggling Sunderland

Arsenal 2 Sunderland 1

Van Persie 1, 82; Larsson 31

Robin van Persie put in a captain’s performance as his clinical finishing proved the difference in a game which Arsenal dominated for long periods, but regressed all too easily into familiar vulnerabilities at other times. However, three welcome points lifted fans’ spirits and elevated the team into the top half of the table for the first time this season.

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