Arsene Wenger’s side were up against Sunderland in the third round of the FA Cup at the Emirates at the weeked The Gunners were in the hunt to retain their title for a third consecutive time as they faced off against Sam Allardyce’s side, who were struggling for form this season. Despite of that, it was the visitors who took the lead when center-back Laurent Koscielny made a mess of things at the back, gifting Jeremain Lens the opportunity to score, who capitalized on this chance in the 17th minute.
The Black Cats lead for approximately 8 minutes as Joel Campbell added a goal for his side to make it 1-1 on the 25th minute. After the break, the score remained the same, though the French manager’s side had the better chances to make an impact.
After the restart, Arsenal once again dominated the game and Wenger made a couple of changes at the hour mark which made a difference. Aaron Ramsey came on as a substitute and scored for his side on the 72nd minute to give his side the lead, while Olivier Giroud added a third on the 75th, to seal the win. Hector Bellerin was in the thick of the action with a couple of assists to his name, as the game ended in a 3-1 win for Arsenal, who went through to the next round.
Here are how the players of the north London club performed in the game:
Petr Cech: 3/5
Unable to do anything to stop the goal from going in, though kept Lens out with a superb save.
Hector Bellerin: 4/5
Claimed a couple of assists in the game for the second and third goals scored by his side, as he showed once agian why he is an asset pushing forward to complete a top performance.
Kieran Gibbs: 3/5
Not the strongest at the back and was caught out of position at times and could have done much better.
Calum Chambers: 3/5
After a nervy start, got his act together and helped his side defend well in the game, though the opposition attack was not really a major threat.
Gabriel Paulista: 3/5
Looked good at the back for most of the game, though he was booked for a silly looking challenge on Watmore.
Laurent Koscielny: 2.5/5
Made a silly error by giving the ball to Lens, which put his side a goal down at the start and was fine in the game after that incident.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain: 3/5
Not the player who would track back in the game too often, but pushed forward as much as he could and also managed to hit the post with his shot once.
Theo Walcott: 3/5
Did not look too effective in the game and was rather quiet. Played his part in creating the opening goal for Campbell, though there were some brilliant exchanges with the Costa Rican international right through the game.
Joel Campbell: 3.5/5
Scored the opening goal of the game for his side to put them on level terms after a mistake by Koscielny. Played some good one-twos and made some good passes right through the match to trouble the opposition defence with his creativity.
Olivier Giroud: 3/5
Scored the third and final goal of the game, as Bellerin set him up. Did not have too much space in the game and was denied a late penalty.
Alex Iwobi: 3/5
Played a good game and showed some flare at times, which helped his side right through before he was taken off eventually in the second half.
Aaron Ramsey: 3.5/5
Came on and scored the second goal for his side after coming on as a sub which game them the lead, as Bellerin set him up with a superb pass.
Mikel Arteta: 3/5
Brought on to add some much needed defensive strength in midfield and looked firm in possession.
Jeff Reine-Adelaide: 2.5/5
Could not do much after coming into the game late on.
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