Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal were lucky to come away with a 3-1 triumph at Sunderland in the Premier League yesterday.
New boy Mesut Ozil made his debut for the Gunners despite being up all night throwing up on Thursday.
But Ozil was well enough to and show why Wenger spent a club record £42.5million on the former Real Madrid playmaker.
Ozil set up Olivier Giroud for the first goal but controversy was to follow once the visitors were 2-1 up, thanks to the first of two goals for Aaron Ramsey.
Black Cats striker Jozy Altidore was denied an equaliser when referee Martin Atkinson failed to play an advantage.
Ramsey added a third after a silky approach involving Ozil and Giroud but Wenger was quick to admit his side’s good fortune.
He said: “We were a bit lucky. Clearly the referee has blown the whistle before the goal went in and it was very difficult for him to predict that.
“If the ball doesn’t go in and he doesn’t give the free-kick the people moan as well. But it was a bit lucky because had he not blown the whistle it may have been a goal.”
Ozil started the game even thought he had been ill the day before but Wenger’s hand was forced due to the absent Santi Cazorla.
Wenger added: “In the first half he was outstanding but he was sick yesterday. If Cazorla had played I certainly wouldn’t have started him. He dropped a bit physically in the second half because he was sick all night on Thursday night.”