Wenger’s fears allayed by Giroud, Arsenal


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits some misgivings about his club’s momentarily blown lead at Sunderland on Saturday.

The Gunners led 1-0 through Alexis Sanchez, but a Shkodran Mustafi error let Duncan Watmore in on Petr Cech. The goalkeeper had to chop down Watmore, and Jermain Defoe made it 1-1 from the spot in the 65th minute.

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Wenger says he was “worried” the Gunners could lose after giving Sunderland an equalizer, concerned it could be a symptom of unforeseen sickness.

“We had six wins, then one draw at home which was disappointing and a second draw or defeat would have been like we had dropped our level,” Wenger¬†said.

Instead, Wenger introduced Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman responded with his first goal of the season in the 71st minute, and had made it 3-1 with five minutes.

“The manager has an easy credit when he has quality players on the bench and you don’t need to be a special manager to make this decision. It was 1-1 and we had Giroud on the bench.”

Sanchez added his second to make it three goals in 7 minutes, and Arsenal was cruising. The Gunners have handled adversity well this season, and — excusing the opposition — look prepared to get a big job done.