After a disappointing November where we only got 2 points in the league and suffered many injuries we were looking to bounce back in the busy festive period.
So no offence to Sunderland but you couldn’t really ask for an easier game to play at home to bounce back from. But as fans know there are no guaranteed wins and when looking at their line up they had five at the back meaning it would be very hard to break them down and it could be a frustrating game.
We had some players coming back from injury including Walcott who was on the bench and Chamberlain who started, as well as Koscielny making a dramatic recovery from an injury scare against Norwich last week.
The game started very strangely and I think we underestimated Sunderland who really went for it. They also looked very structured under Big Sam and they probably had the better chances in the first half.
We however got the opening goal from a rejuvenated Joel Campbell who took his chance well from a almost guaranteed Ozil assist. Sunderland then got a goal which they did deserve but it came from Olivier Giroud turning it into his own net from a free kick. This was particularly annoying as he had had a bad game but also because it was just before half time.
So 1-1 at half time in a game we should and had to win. Sunderland were very dangerous on the break as are many away teams and probably should have been winning.
The second half was a different story though in the end as we showed our quality with goals from two people that were criticised throughout the game in Giroud and Ramsey.
Credit to both of them as they kept going until the end and it was good to see Walcott coming on and looking bright.
So a 3-1 win and a much needed 3 points putting us 2 points behind the top once again but this time it was Leicester who were above us – a team that we beat 5-2 away showing that this league is very open and that we have a great chance this year.
Next up are two away games: the crunch match against Olympiakos in the Champions league before playing bottom side Villa in the league.