Arsenal ease past Sunderland to stay second

Arsenal have kept the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea after thumping relegation threatened Sunderland 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners took the lead after just five minute through Olivier Giroud before the France International, who sat out of the 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening, doubled the host’s advantage just after the half-hour mark.

Tomas Rosicky completed a fine move to make in 3-0 before half time before Laurent Koscielny’s header mad sure of the points with over half an hour to play.

Emanuele Giaccherini’s stunning volley pulled one back for the visitors inside the final ten minutes, but it was to no avail as Arsene Wenger’s men took the three points which keeps them just one behind league-leaders Chelsea.

Manchester City stay two points behind Arsenal after beating Stoke City 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium, though they do have a game in hand over the rest of the top four, which is completed by Liverpool, who also won after edging a seven-goal thriller against Swansea City at Anfield.

The North London side will now turn their attention to Saturday afternoon’s match at Stoke City, which comes ahead of a tough run of fixtures that sees them face Everton, Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester City across three competitions in the space of just three weeks.