Echo Jury: Kieran Kirby reflects on yesterday’s defeat at Arsenal

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VERY, very poor. Started off horrendously, a goal down within 30 seconds as O’Shea got sucked in and his man got in behind to pass to van Persie, who finished past a Mignolet.

After that, we were second best to everything until we equalised on the half hour. Before that, we had a massive escape when van Persie turned Richardson and chipped Mignolet and it hit the inside of the post.

Larsson’s goal was outstanding, a free kick from at least 25 yards that dipped and curled into the top corner. Cattermole had a great chance to put us 2-1 up, but his point-blank header was saved.

We finished the first half well. From there on in, it was downhill. We sat back, looking content with a point when, as the latter part of the first half proved, attack was the best form of defence.

We paid the price when van Persie converted a free-kick after he turned Brown. I have to be honest and say this will be a very long season unless we have a change. In my opinion, that change needs to be the manager.

To read the rest of the Echo Jury, please see tonight’s Sunderland Echo.