Arsenal were left frustrated in their quest to close the gap on Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United as Sunderland battled to a goalless draw at Emirates Stadium.
The visitors, who had lost four straight league games, started well and Stephane Sessegnon forced a good stop from Wojciech Szczesny.
However, the Gunners slowly came into the game, with Nicklas Bendtner's angled shot tipped over while Marouane Chamakh struck the bar in the second half and Andrey Arshavin had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside.
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