Sunderland v Arsenal

Flashback: Win over Gunners

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by Ashley Houghton

Bent strike gives Black Cats 1-0 win in '09.

Darren Bent scored the only goal of the game as Sunderland ended Arsenal’s 14-match unbeaten run during the 2009-10 season.

The England international notched in the 71st minute to move the Black Cats up to eighth in the Barclays Premier League – just five points behind the Gunners in third.

Robin van Persie was out injured for Arsene Wenger’s side so Eduardo led the Gunners' line and the Croatian created an early chance for Tomas Rosicky, who forced a fine save from Marton Fulop.

Sunderland paired John Mensah with Paulo da Silva for the first time as the Black Cats were without the suspended Michael Turner and, despite a shaky start, the pair looked solid throughout.

The visitors were dominant in the early stages but they were nearly caught out by a quick Sunderland counter-attack and Steed Malbranque almost opened the scoring with a volley that fizzed over.

Cesc Fabregas struck a shot just over the angle of the post and bar as half-time approached but the Spaniard, like his teammates, was not as his clinical best.

Andy Reid was the first Sunderland player to go close after the restart as the Irishman sent a free-kick skidding just wide.

Reid was the provider as Bent grabbed the winner after 71 minutes; the Irish international’s corner was met by Bent who, after the ball ricocheted of teammate Fraizer Campbell, tapped home the simplest of finishes.

Sunderland’s defence held firm despite Andrey Arshavin going close to a late equaliser as Steve Bruce’s side recorded their first win over the Gunners in 12 league meetings.

Sunderland: Fulop, Bardsley, McCartney, Mensah (Ferdinand, 82), Da Silva, Malbranque (Campbell, 66), Richardson, Henderson, Cana, Reid (Zenden, 78), Bent.

Subs not used: Carson, Nosworthy, Murphy, Healy.