You couldn't write a better script for Thierry Henry to end his England return. An added time goal for the winner against Sunderland. A bookend to the bookend he installed with his instant winner against Leeds. Both Wenger's subs made massive contributions to the victory as Aaron Ramsey scored the equalizer and Andrey Arshavin sent in a pinpoint cross to Henry lurking in front of goal to elevate his leg and guide the ball past Simon Mignolet. Both Ramsey and Arshavin have come in for some protracted stick but they proved game changers.
Ramsey came late in the second half as Per Mertesacker crumpled to the ground his ankle giving out allowing James McClean to taking advantage acres of space down the left to run past a nonplussed Arsenal defense and angle the ball past Szczney.
All the goalscoring action took place in the second half. But it ended in an upbeat note at the Stadium of Light for Arsenal against a tough, tough Sunderland side. King Henry will be sent off England shores in a heroes farewell. What a cameo!
Arsenal go up to fourth as Everton beat Chelsea, 2-0 and Utd ran through Liverpool, 2-1. Newcastle take on Spurs in the late game.
Video to be posted up soon with the extended match report.