The Gunners were handed a deserved victory thanks to some calamitous defending from Wes Brown and ex-keeper Vito Mannone with Alexis Sanchez profiting on both occasions.
It certainly wasn’t a glamorous performance but three valuable points and a platform to build on. Our attacking department still haven’t quite worked out what each other are up to, but as long as our opponents hand us victory on a plate and Alexis continues to run around everywhere we’ll be fine…Right?
All eyes on Wenger for an update on Gibbs’ injury. Just what we needed.
Here are the player ratings:
Made some good saves when called upon but almost tarnished his good work when he came out, didn’t head clear sufficiently and left his goal gaping. Luckily Sunderland couldn’t convert.
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Had his work cut out early on but grew into the game as the first half went on. Few wayward crosses and even a goalscoring chance. While it’s great he’s getting into these positions we need him to be more clinical. Not a bad day at the office however with 4 interceptions and 5 clearances. No yellow card, bonus 0.5 points.
A more assured performance from the Sack. Some great headed clearances and commanded the box well.
Picked up an early yellow too but looked strong in the air and made some good interceptions. A great in knock for Welbeck’s headed chance and overall a good performance from the Spaniard.
Got an early yellow card and generally struggled against Adam Johnson in the opening period. But grew into the game along with his team mates and got at Sunderland more. Hobbled off worryingly around the 70th, was just a matter of time until Gibbo picked up his customary injury. Big shame.
Playing Flamini with Arteta may not have been the most exciting and creative partnership on the planet but what it did was provide a solid base in midfield, enabled us to keep possession and play things simply. It worked. Some typical strong challenges from the Flame capped off a good day out. No yellow card, bonus 0.5 points.
Fluffed a long distance shot and almost took a players head off with an accidental high footed challenge were about all the notable things. But as per Flamini’s rating, he did a good job.
Few mazy runs from the Ox and some good breaks but still lacks something. Hasn’t quite mustered the cutting edge we know he can produce. With regular football we need him to be stepping up.
Unleashed a fearsome shot early on but was generally quite subdued. Needs to take some shooting lessons from Podolski.
Beautiful chip to put Arsenal in front, but it’s his hard work paying off again as he continues to impress in Gunners colours. Finished the game with another thanks to Mannone fluffing it in front of his goal. Most of that again was down to his high intensity pressure he places on his opponents.
Stinging shot early on gave Mannone something to think about. Overall I’m impressed with how quickly he’s adapted to Arsenal’s game. Holding the ball up well but also keeping it moving, slotting in well to our ‘Wenger-ball’. But it wasn’t really his day today however, and lacked any final product.
73′ Bellerin 6.5:Good pace and challenge when he came on. Acquitted himself well and we are likely to see more and more of the 19-year-old in the coming weeks.
87′ Ramsey 6.0:Came on late, no real rating
89′ Rosicky 6.0: Came on late, no real rating