What did the newspapers and other websites think of the performance today?
The performance – and perhaps result – was very typical of Steve Bruce’s men this season
Arsenal had managed to score in every Premier League fixture this season but, even if they were without the injured Robin van Persie, they rarely looked like finding a way past Marton Fulop.
It was a victory that Arsenal rarely threatened to snatch away with the exception of one moment where they forced substitute Ferdinand to clear from in front of the Sunderland goal
Bruce’s men found themselves increasingly pinned back with Malbranque and Reid working hard to link up with Bent.
The goal capped an individual performance from lone-striker Bent that typified Sunderland. His shift was all about hard graft rather than guile and it worked to knock Arsenal out of their aesthetically pleasing game.
England striker Darren Bent fired title-chasing Arsenal to a first defeat in 14 games as Sunderland battled their way to victory.
“If we had played Sunderland at home today, we would have won the game”
Arsenal’s title chances took a dent this afternoon, beaten 1-0 at the Stadium of Light and have little to complain about at the end of the day