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Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal: Alexis does it all on his own [with video].

Alexis, perhaps parodying his one-man show, scored two unassisted goals, each from horrendous Sunderland errors, to deliver a win that was much tighter than the scoreline suggests. Vito Mannone reprised his nightmarish performance of a week ago, muffing a clearance that Alexis tucked home in extra time—Arsenal’s seventh such goal of the season, but the first one that didn’t change the outcome of the match. There’s something in this one for everyone: a win and a clean-sheet for the optimists, a lucky couple of goals against an overmatched side for the pessimists. Either way, three points collected. Have a gander at the highlights below…

Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal: the Cardiac Kids strike again!

What is it with Arsenal? After conceding the match’s first goal for the eighth time in 14 matches, Kieran Gibbs scored from a sumptuous Calum Chambers cross and Lukas Podolski scored our sixth stoppage-time goal to steal all three points from Anderlecht. I don’t know which is worse, that we’re so leaky so early or so determined so late. In either case, you can take in the highlights below; we’ll take a deeper look at the how’s and the why’s later…

Villans 0-3 Gunners: Video highlights of 192 seconds of glory

All it took was three minutes. Just three minutes to wash away a week of moping about after squandering a golden chance to defeat Man City and getting gobsmacked by Dortmund. In just over three glorious minutes, however, we found three goals, first from Özil, sent through by Welbeck; second from Welbeck as Özil returned the favor, and last by an own-goal from Cissokho, all between the 32nd and 36th minutes. Have a gander at the goals below:

We’ll take a closer look at how it all went down, including, perhaps a retraction from your correspondent after he boldly proclaimed that it was time to rest Özil. Even playing wide, he looked sharp, even invigorated, with that goal and assist. Let’s hope it’s the kind of performance that propels him and the rest of the squad forward after a staggering, stuttering start to the season…in which we’re still undefeated in the Prem!

It’s probably worth reminding ourselves that the scoreline flattered us a bit, not that we didn’t create two very good goals and force another one, but Villa looked a fair deal better than those goals or the clean sheet suggest. Even if we dominated possession to the tune of 71%, part of that reflects Villa’s strategy and formation. But for a number of nifty saves from Szczesny, we might have even gone down to an early lead. He was quick off his line to snuff out chances from Agbonlahor on the rare breakouts, but he also blocked some sharp shots to earn that clean-sheet. It’s the kind of result we’ve hungered for, and relieves a bit of the angst many of us have been feeling.

I’ll keep an eye on the clip; you how these things sometimes go.

Beşiktaş 0-0 Arse: watch the, um, "highlights" video

Fair warning. What you’re about to see contains a cacophony of near-misses, spurned chances, silly non-calls, and ludicrous red cards. Some content may be unsuitable for minors.  If you have a history of heart-disease, you may be at greater risk for heart attack. Watch at your own risk.

Apologies for the pre-show adverts.