Arsenal player ratings: Recalled winger and defensive star shine against Sunderland

PUBLISHED: 16:52 09 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:52 09 January 2016

Arsenal's Joel Campbell and Sunderland's Patrick Van Aanholt battle for the ball (John Walton/PA Wire)

Arsenal's Joel Campbell and Sunderland's Patrick Van Aanholt battle for the ball (John Walton/PA Wire)

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Arsenal got their FA Cup defence underway with a 3-1 win over Sunderland. Here’s how we rated the Gunners.

Petr Cech 6

Could do nothing about Lens’s goal and was otherwise solid between the sticks.

Kieran Gibbs 6

His hospital pass to Koscielny lead to the Sunderland goal. That aside, he played well.

Gabriel 7

Picked up a knock in the first half but carried on and was solid at the back. Rarely troubled.

Laurent Koscielny 5

Should have cleared his lines when pressured by Lens and he paid for his mistake with a Sunderland goal.

Hector Bellerin 8

Two assists in the second half from two trademark overlapping runs. Another fine performance.

Calum Chambers 6

Did a decent job of shielding the back four despite being overrun at times as the side bombed forward.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 7

Plenty of energy in midfield and so unlucky not to score when his curling strike hit the post.

Alex Iwobi 7

Drove forward at every opportunity in the first half and looked lively. Big prospect.

Joel Campbell 8

Finished coolly with his left foot to level the score at 1-1 and played a great ball in the build-up to Ramsey’s goal. Looking confident.

Theo Walcott 6

Popped up with a nice assist as his low cross found Campbell in the box. Didn’t do much else.

Olivier Giroud 7

Quiet display from the Frenchman but he got on the scoresheet yet again to make it 3-1.


Aaron Ramsey 8

Came on and instantly gave Arsenal a boost in midfield. Scored the crucial goal to make it 2-1 in a top substitute performance.

Mikel Arteta 6

Brought a calming presence to the midfield. Good to see him back.

Jeff Reine-Adelaide 6

Got a big cheer from the home fans when he came on. Barely touched it.

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