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Arsenal 4 – Sunderland 1: Olivier Giroud bags a brace on Gunners return

Giroud scores a double to secure all three points for the GunnersGiroud scores a double to secure all three points for the Gunners [GETTY]

Giroud opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a first-time finish past Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

Giroud scores twice on Gunners return

The Frenchman struck again just after the half hour mark when he intercepted a sloppy back pass from Santiago Vergini intended for Mannone and slotted the ball underneath Arsenal’s former backup ‘keeper.

Rosicky scored just before the half-time whistle with a chip after a string of one-time passes from Arsenal, and Koscielny netted with a free header in the 57th to wrap it up.

Sunderland substitute Emanuele Giaccherini scored a late goal with nine minutes to go, but it was nothing more than a consolation for the Black Cats. 

The result leaves Arsenal in second place with 59 points, one behind Chelsea, which won earlier in the day.

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Arsenal 4 – Sunderland 1: Olivier Giroud bags a brace on Gunners return

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