When a team of Arsenal's calibre comes to the Stadium of Light, in previous seasons there has generally been a mutual feeling of inevitable defeat and lack of ambition.
However, yesterday saw a renewed sense of hope among the fans, who largely believed an improving Sunderland side could cause problems for Wenger's stars.
This was a hope that continued into a spirited first half performance from the lads. Granted, we may not have created many chances, yet on the whole we dominated possessions, closed down the Arsenal midfield and stifled their creativity.
As the half time whistle blew, I for one, could not believe the 1-0 scoreline. Arsenal had one moment where their pressure resulted in a Fabregas fluke goal that looped over the helpless Mignolet.
Plaudits have to go to Bruce for the team mentality that he has installed at the club, as a few seasons ago the team would have been deflated following the Arsenal opener, heads would have been down and an equaliser would have been near impossible.
A diligent second half display looked to have been for no avail before that man, Darren Bent, cropped up yet again with a last gasp equaliser that made one good point feel like an amazing three.
Following the late winner against Manchester City in the last home fixture, Sunderland fans are being treat to exciting times, but I cannot help but wonder why we can never do things the easy way?
In terms of performances, none was better than that of Egyptian winger, Ahmed Elmohamady. He provided teasing crosses, caused Gael Clichy constant problems and won every single header in the air. Man of the match by a mile, this man has a bright future at Sunderland and hopefully this is just a glimpse of what he has to offer the team.
I cannot fault any of the players at the weekend as everyone showed moments of first class football, including Steed Malbranque who upstaged many of Arsenal's superstars, Jordan Henderson who dictated some of the midfield play and Kieran Richardson, who is arguably the most improved Sunderland player at left back.
Arsene Wenger may have reason to be frustrated with the late, late goal, yet Sunderland were on the attack beyond the allocated four minutes and it is the referee's decision to play simply the minimum of four minutes.
If the referee had blown for full time, he would have had over 35,000 Sunderland fans to contend with, who were all willing the ball into the back of Manuel Almunia's net and thankfully Bent obliged with virtually the last kick of what was truly a magnificent game of football.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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