Another win on the road, and the first over Sunderland at their place by more than one goal since 2005-6. Let’s see how the players rated.
Wojciech Szczesny: 7/10 – A little troubled by some of the Sunderland crossing which was very good, but otherwise fine.
Carl Jenkinson: 6/10 – Got himself an assist for Aaron Ramsey’s cracking second, but looked a little off key at times, ignoring Szczesny’s shouts early on.
Bacary Sagna: 6/10 – Got lucky with Sunderland’s disallowed ‘equaliser’, other refs might have dealt with that differently, but a monster in the air and as committed as always.
Laurent Koscielny: 5/10 – You really have to question why he felt the need to dive in on Johnson. Like the second Villa penalty on the opening day, he gave the ref a decision to make and it went against him. Needs to stay on his feet in those positions more often.
Kieran Gibbs: 7/10 – Solid, developing into a fine left back.
Mathieu Flamini: 7/10 – Charged around, barked orders, shielded his back four as much as possible. His experience is a great thing on days like this.
Jack Wilshere: 7/10 – Showed some fantastic bursts, not quite there yet in terms of his close control but you just feel if he gets that sorted he could really start to produce in the final third.
Aaron Ramsey: 9/10 – He’s like a man reborn and it’s great to see. His first was the goal of a player full of confidence, his second showed great movement with a fine finish. A match-winner these days.
Mesut Ozil: 7/10 – Quality for Arsenal’s opener, created some good chances for Walcott which we spurned, all the while playing with guys he hardly knows and while under the weather. It augurs well for the future.
Theo Walcott: 5/10 – His forward running and movement was great, his finishing was terrible. His all round play was poor too, not switched on defensively at all.
Olivier Giroud: 8/10 – Strong and secure up front, the finish was excellent, held it up well and put in a shift as usual. Let’s hope the injury isn’t anything to worry about.
Thomas Vermaelen: n/a – A welcome return as we looked to shore things up. Not sure if he even touched the ball though.
Nacho Monreal: n/a – Not on long enough to rate.
Chuba Akpom: n/a – Made his full Arsenal debut today. It was only about 90 seconds but well done to the lad.
Bonus rating: Paolo di Canio – He made a Mussolini of that one. Sorry.
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