Arsenal player ratings v Sunderland: Olivier Giroud proves he’s not a good enough finisher for a title contenders

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Arsenal drew 0-0 with Sunderland on Wednesday night – a result which means the away side are safe from relegation to the Championship.

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However, it was bad news for the Gunners, who were unable to learn from the mistakes of their 0-1 defeat to Swansea City on the weekend. The midfielders didn’t move the ball quickly enough, the team looked both toothless against a packed Black Cats defence and vulnerable to Sunderland counters.

Here are the player ratings…

David Ospina

GK) David Ospina, 7

One of the few Gunners player to emerge with some credit, the Colombian did enough to stop Sunderland scoring from several dangerous counter attacks.

RB) Hector Bellerin, 4

With the advantage of his pace taken away by the deep line of the opposing defence, the former Barcelona man didn’t add much going forward. He was also caught too far forward on occasion, with space between Mertesacker and the right touchline.

LB) Kieran Gibbs, 5

Also stifled by the Black Cats deep line, there was little end product from the England international.

CB) Per Mertesacker, 5

A player with good positioning rather than any kind of speed, he always looks out of depth against counter attacking sides. Surely the Gunners need a better centre-back to really challenge on all fronts?

CB) Laurent Koscielny, 6

Did little wrong, even when attempting to cover for his partner in defence.

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