Arsenal bounced back from their midweek Champions League defeat with a comfortable 4-1 win over Sunderland. A double from Olivier Giroud set the Gunners on their way, before goals from Tomas Rosicky and Laurent Koscielny rendered Emanuele Giaccherini’s late goal a mere consolation. Here’s how the players rated by Squawka Performance Score.
Wojciech Szczesny (12): Put his Bayern red card behind him with a solid display. Bacary Sagna (47): Completed 93% of his passes during the game, including a spell at left back, as well as contributing two tackles and two interceptions. Per Mertesacker (22): Relatively untroubled, the German made five clearances. Laurent Koscielny (62): Scoring a rare goal for Arsenal’s fourth, Koscielny also made 96% of his passes. Nacho Monreal (9): Monreal misplaced just one pass all afternoon, giving his a pass completion rate of 97%. Jack Wilshere (28): The England man made 96 passes, three of which set up chances.
Mikel Arteta (61): Suspended for the Bayern game, Arteta made 108 successful passes this afternoon.
Tomas Rosicky (59): Finished off a flowing team move for Arsenal’s third goal and made 93% of his passes, creating one chance.
Santi Cazorla (46): Restored to a central role in the absence of Mesut Ozil, Cazorla put in seven crosses and took one shot on goal.
Lukas Podolski (29): Podolski attempted three take ons, but completed just one of them, and took two shots on goal. Olivier
Giroud (95): Scored with both of his shots on goal and also won four of his six contested headed duels.
Serge Gnabry (17): Looked lively and took two shots on goal despite only being on the pitch for 18 minutes.
Mathieu Flamini (3): Tidy on the ball, Flamini was successful with all 18 of his passes.
Vito Mannone (-17): Could do little about any of the goals on an unhappy return to his old side.
Phil Bardsley (3): Bardsley made three tackles during the game and contributed five clearances.
Santiago Vergini (-34): Hung his goalkeeper out to dry with a poor backpass for Giroud’s second, made just two clearances and failed to make a tackle. John O’Shea (-21): Also failed to make a tackle and won just two of five headed duels.
Marcus Alonso (-18): Finished the game with a pass accuracy of just 69%.
Liam Bridcutt (-8): Attempted three tackles, but was successful with just one of them.
Jack Colback (22): Colback completed 100% of his passes over the course of the game, the only starting player to do so.
Adam Johnson (-5): A spectator for much of the game, Johnson made just six passes.
Ki Sung Yeung (25): Ki made two interceptions and won three of his four attempted tackles.
Fabio Borini (-12): Equally as out of the game as Johnson, Borini made nine passes – a success rate of 69% – and took one shot.
Jozy Altidore (1): Contested five headed duels, winning two of them, before his half time substitution.
Emanuele Giaccherini (4): Scored Sunderland’s consolation with one of his two shots on goal.
Sebastian Larsson (12): Put in four crosses during his 45 minutes on the pitch, finding a teammate with one of them.
Ignacio Scocco (-12): Not on for long, Scocco took one shot at goal.Published 23 Feb 2014, 00:45 IST