Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger handed club-record signing Mesut Ozil his debut on Saturday against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light and at the end of the game the Gunners boss took time out to hail the record-signing.

Ozil who was reported to be ill gave a man-of-the-match performance as the German midfielder was included as one of three changes to the side which defeated Tottenham Hotspur the last time out. The others being Bacary Sagna and Mathieu Flamini.

Ozil made his impact felt almost immediately as the attacking midfielder created several goalscoring opportunities as well as grab his first assist for the opener which saw Olivier Giroud notch his fourth effort in four games.

Arsenal created several chances that could have extended their lead before half time as Giroud, Ozil and Jack Wilshere terrorised the Sunderland defence.

Theo Walcott was denied by Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood on three occasions and headed another splendid opportunity wide.

The Gunners were made to pay for those missed chances three minutes into the second 45 as Laurent Koscielny needlessly fouled Adam Johnson in the penalty area and substitute Craig Gardner stepped up to equalise from the resulting spot-kick. 

The Black Cats continued to mount pressure on the Arsenal defence but Wenger's lads restored their lead in the 67th minute through Aaron Ramsey who struck a crisp volley past Westwood from Carl Jenkinson's right wing cross.

Sunderland had a Jose Altidore effort controversially disallowed because the referee had already blown for a foul on Altidore by Sagna and decided not to play the advantage. The Black Cats also had other chances which they failed to convert.

Arsenal managed to seal the win with 23 minutes left before stoppage time when Jenkinson again crossed from the right for Ramsey to slam a great volley into the net.


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