RATINGS: Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal: Sanchez Carries Poor Gunners Again

By on October 25, 2014

Alexis Sanchez

It was another lackluster performance from Arsenal but we ground out a vital 2-0 win with Alexis Sanchez once again proving the difference for us, as he took advantage of two defensive mistakes to score both goals.

Here are my ratings:

Szczesny – 6/10 – Decent stop from Rodwell early in the second half to keep it at 1-0 but had little else to do.

Gibbs – 6/10 – Comfortable at the back but was unfortunately forced off with a hip injury. Let’s hope it isn’t serious.

Chambers – 6/10 – Solid enough at right back and then moved into the middle when Gibbs went off.

Mertesacker – 6/10 – His height was important on a couple of occasions. Kept Fletcher quiet.

Monreal – 6.5/10 – Fair play to him, he did a good job in the middle but looked far more comfortable when he was moved to left-back.

Arteta – 6/10 – Back after a four week lay-off and kept things ticking over.

Flamini – 5/10 – I felt he looked a little lost alongside Arteta as he didn’t know what his role was meant to be. Lucky to get away with a ‘robust’ challenge.

Cazorla – 5/10 - Close to adding a second with a left-footer but that’s about as good as it got. His finishing was terrible in the second half.

The Ox – 5/10 – Anonymous in the opening 45 and gave away possession far too much after the break. Was trying to make things happen but just wasn’t his day.

Sanchez – 8/10 – Once again our only shining light. Stunning chipped finish to open the scoring and his persistence in the final minute sealed the game as he forced an error from Mannone. He just doesn’t stop working and is carrying this team right now.

Welbeck – 6/10 – Worked hard, make some decent runs, but wasn’t a threat in front of goal.


Bellerin – 6/10 – A shaky start but settled into the game.

Ramsey/Rosicky – NA – On too late.

So another frustrating performance but we managed to come away with the three points and that’s all that matters on days like today. Let’s hope our confidence in the final third returns for the Burnley game next weekend.



  1. bc

    October 26, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Burnley at home next, time to rest welbeck and drop the ox and santi. I would play campbell through the middle with Theo sanchez and podolski in the 3 behind. It’s only burnley so a good time to play jack and Aaron in the double pivot. Back 4 whoever is fit.

  2. tonymax

    October 26, 2014 at 4:29 am

    I think keeping Campbel on d bench is a great disservice to Arsenal. Rest Welback and play Campbell. Welback looks tired. He will likely join the injury list if he is not given a breather now

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