Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez nets a brace as individual errors cost the Black Cats dearly

Sunderland defender Wes Brown and goalkeeper Vito Mannone both made errors that gifted all three points to Arsenal, reports BBC Sport.

Arsenal opened the scoring in the 30th minute through summer signing Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean international raced onto Wes Brown’s poor backpass, before cleverly chipping over the onrushing Mannone to put the visitors in the lead.

Brown brought the ball down a long ball in the middle of the park, but opted to rush a backpass to his goalkeeper after being put under pressure from Sanchez. He mishit the pass to Mannone, and Sanchez made him pay.

Even after going ahead, the Gunners were far from their best against Sunderland. Danny Welbeck, Santo Cazorla and Calum Chambers all missed opportunities to double Arsenal’s advantage.

And at the end of the game, Vito Mannone gifted a second goal for Sanchez. The Sunderland goalkeeper took far too long with the ball at his feet, and was duly punished by the Arsenal new-boy.

The result meant Arsenal finished the day in 5th place, while 17th-placed Sunderland are left nervously looking over their shoulder.

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