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Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland: 300 for Theo, Nothing for Anyone Else

This one was kinda boring, folks, but congrats, Theo!

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1-93' No One Scored

Arsenal all but clinched third and Sunderland avoided relegation today in a mostly dull 0-0 draw at the Emirates today.

Arsenal, finally, made two changes in their starting XI with Jack Wilshere replacing Francis Coquelin and Kieran Gibbs giving Nacho Monreal a rest. Wilshere took up a spot on the right wing and Aaron Ramsey was allowed to move back into his favored central midfield role.

The first half was by far the more boring of the two periods, with good chances few and far between for both sides. In the twentieth minute, Ramsey found Wilshere unmarked inside the box, but the young Englishman's half volley skied over, a theme of much of the match for the Gunners. Two further chances, created by delicate chips from Wilshere, were hit off target by Ozil and Giroud. Arsenal dominated possession and Sunderland had real chance to sneak one past Arsenal.

The second half did pick up a bit, though it never really felt like either team was going to break through. Both goalkeepers played well today with David Ospina forced into a very good save to deny Steven Fletcher in the early part of the second half. In the sixtieth minute, Fletcher again was through on goal, running past an unaware Arsenal defense, but once again Ospina was up to the task, getting a hand on the chipped effort.

From that point on, it was nearly all Arsenal with Costel Pantilimon the keeper called into action. The introduction of Theo Walcott in the sixty-seventh minute, for his 300 appearance for the club, lead to a number of chances for the Gunners. Unfortunately, none were able to get past the 6'8 Romanian.

The draw dashed any hopes of Arsenal pipping Manchester City for second place, as they trail by four points, 76 to 72, going into the final match day. However, with Manchester United 3 points and a 7 GD behind the Gunners, third place is all but decided.

While it was Arsenal's third straight goalless match at the Emirates, it's understandable that Arsenal cooled a bit after their title hopes were dashed and Champions League spot secured. A draw is not pretty, but considering it 99.999999% ensured we won't have to deal with a dangerous Champions League playoff, I'll take it.