After a somewhat shaky start to the game, Arsenal claimed a comfortable victory to progress in the FA Cup yesterday. The Gunners, who started without some of our key players, produced a calm and classy display that bodes well for the rest of the season. The performances of some of the youngsters in particular were top-class. Overall, a great way for the two-time defending champions to get their latest campaign underway.
Here are our player ratings for the game:
Petr Cech – 6.5
Was helpless for the opening goal, but faced no major challenges for the rest of the game.
Hector Bellerin – 7.5
Great performance from the young Spaniard, as he grew into the game in the second half and provided two crucial assists. He is well on his way to becoming a star player.
Gabriel Paulista – 6.5
Solid game from the Brazilian as he kept things quiet at the back.
Laurent Koscielny – 6.5
Could have done better in the build up to the first goal. Apart from that, a decent performance from the Frenchman.
Kieran Gibbs – 6.0
Was guilty of a terrible pass that led to Sunderland’s goal. He displayed good workrate when getting forward on the attack, but his defending is still suspect especially when compared to Nacho Monreal.
Calum Chambers – 7.0
Made a few mistakes, but seems to be growing into his new role very well. He showed some promise going forward as well.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6.5
Played a more central role, and was more influential on the game as a result; hitting the post with a curling effort. However, he still has a long way to go if he wants a regular starting berth.
Joel Campbell – 7.5
MotM. Great performance from the Costa Rican, who was a constant threat to the opposition and scored our equaliser. His work rate and passion is clear to see, and if he continues on this run of form, then he may well break into the full-strength first team by the end of the season.
Alex Iwobi – 7.5
Given a rare starting opportunity, and did not disappoint. The youngster created a few good chances and was willing to put in the hard tackles when necessary, both of which are great to see.
Theo Walcott – 6.5
Walcott had an energetic display for sure, but struggled to find the end product far too often.
Olivier Giroud – 6.5
Slow game from the Frenchman, who was anonymous for large portions of the game. Made a few good runs in the second half however, and got himself on the scoresheet by the end of the game.