Arsenal Player Ratings: Giroud bounces back, Rosicky stars in place of Ozil

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How did Arsenal's players rate in their comfortable 4-1 win over Sunderland today?

Here are the ratings for Arsene Wenger's side...

Wojciech Szczesny 7 – Szczesny didn't have much to do today as Sunderland offered little going forward, but was decisive on crosses and dealt with most things that came his way.

Bacary Sagna 8 – admirable display from Sagna today, who filled in at centre back as well as left back late on after Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal were substituted. Much better than recent performances.

Laurent Koscielny 8 – The Frenchman capped off an impressive game with Arsenal's fourth goal, heading home from inside the box. Went off injured late on but a good day for Koscielny.

Per Mertesacker 7 – it was a quiet afternoon defensively for Arsenal, but Mertesacker was solid alongside Koscielny as Sunderland failed to test the Gunners backline regularly.

Nacho Monreal 7 – Monreal had a decent game until he was brought off at half time with what was presumably a slight niggle.

Mikel Arteta 8 – Arteta kept the ball moving in front of the Arsenal back four today, and played a key role in getting the ball from defence to attack with his passing range.

Jack Wilshere 8 – Wilshere was full of industry and purpose as usual, and his driving runs from midfield caused the Sunderland backline problems. Whether it was a pass or a shot, he played a key role in Giroud's opener.

Tomas Rosicky 8 – Topped off another fine display with a stunning goal, latching on to a sublime team move to lift the ball over Vito Mannone. Offered more than Ozil has recently.

Lukas Podolski 7 – Whilst most of the Arsenal attacks had field days, Podolski wasn't quite on top form despite being handed a rare start. He failed to really impose himself on the game, as he failed to cause the Sunderland backline too many problems.

Santi Cazorla 8 – Cazorla was his usual busy self, always in and around the box looking to create something and he shone again today from the first whistle.

Olivier Giroud 9 – STAR MAN – A much needed display from Giroud. The Frenchman's personal life and underwhelming displays on the field have been worrying lately, but he pounced with a brace today to remind everyone that he's still a top striker.

SUBSTITUTES

Mathieu Flamini – 6 – covered well at right back when Koscielny, but the game was over by that time and he was rarely troubled.

Carl Jenkinson – 6 – Jenkinson's introduction for Monreal at half time had little effect on the game, but he gave a decent display regardless.

Serge Gnabry – 6 – Gnabry came on for Rosicky late on, and squandered a half chance in dying embers, but fortunately Arsenal were already home and dry by that time.

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