​Arsenal remain joint top of the Premier League on points with their rivals Manchester City and Liverpool after a 4-1 win over an abysmal Sunderland side. 

Arsenal are currently second due to their goal difference, with City first and Liverpool third.

Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud grabbed braces to ensure a result which should have been assured in the first half, the Gunners having wasted far too many chances when on top. The scoreline was inexplicably 1-1 until the entrance of Giroud.

"I think the performance overall was good." stated Wenger, speaking to ​Sky Sports. "The second half we didn't start well in the first five or ten minutes, after twenty minutes it looked like we could score after every minute."

Jermain Defoe scored from the penalty spot in the second half, which made things interesting for a few minutes.


Wenger continued: "At the time, something was missing: the final ball, or the shot, we didn't get a penalty as well. Suddenly it's 1-1, [which is] what happens in the Premier League."

"To see the fact that the team plays well is most enjoyable, they want to do it, they want to play well together."

"We are quick to play a lot of games and it's always down to a need to find the right balance in your starting line-up." 

Arsenal were briefly top of the league outright after the win due to the early kick-off and are unbeaten since their opening game of the season against Liverpool at the Emirates.

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Wenger concluded: "It was important for us. We had six wins on the trot, one draw at home where it was of course disappointing so we had to restart. A draw or defeat after that would have been experienced like 'okay, we dropped a level' so it was a big three points today."