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The Emirates, Premier League, 05/03/11
With 87 minutes gone, there’s something wrong if you’re still yelling “WAKE UUUPPP!!” at your team. But that’s what happened on Saturday.
Arsenal never really turned up. Chances were few, Sunderland contained, defended well and, courtesy of a couple of fine saves from Mignolet, kept any inroads at bay with relative comfort. Diaby and Denilson were two players symptomatic of this malaise. Strolling through the game, barely conscious, with no forward drive, these two midfield titans had all the presence of a pair of daisies in a gale. Replacing Fabregas and Song with these two is akin to replacing Royal Shakespeare actors with the cast of Grange Hill. And with Bendtner disinterested, Arshavin struggling for form, a referee blind to a clear shove in the penalty area and a match-changing, incorrect off-side decision against us, this was a performance not to dwell on.