Arsenal drop two massive points in Sunderland stalemate

Arsenal 0 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, March 5, 2011) (MOTD highlights) Nicklas Bendtner looked powder-puff in the opening exchanges as the Dane was out-muscled to fluff a chance after six minutes and the the forward showed a terrible touch in the eight minute to screw-up another chance. At the other end Szczesny showed a strong hand to deny Sessegnon as the keeper looked to restore his reputation after the Carling Cup debacle. Arsenal kept pressing for a goal – Samir Nasri found no end product after a dangerous run, while Nicklas Bendtner came close to scoring only to see his overhead-kick travel straight at Sunderland keeper Mignolet – without success before the break. Simon Mignolet best save arrived in the 39th minute when he deflected a fierce Bendtner shot over the bar. (First half highlights) The topic of rogue elbows came back to life when Sessegnon appeared to whack Johan Djourou in the head, before Andrey Arshavin missed a great opportunity after good work by Chamakh down the right. Arsenal kept missing the target as Nicklas Bendtner skied a header from a set-play. The Gunners best chances of the second half came in quick succession, Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh seeing a free-kick and header respectively miss the target courtesy of an amazing Mignolet save and the crossbar. Andrey Arshavin had a penalty shout denied, Szczesny made a super save to stop Danny Welbeck snatching a winner, and Andrey Arshavin appeared to be denied a goal by a wrong offside call as neither side were able to score in the final ten minutes.

Post-match interviews: Arsene Wenger & Steve Bruce.