Sunderland player ratings vs Arsenal: Pantilimon shows his class

We rate Sunderland's players after their 0-0 draw with Arsenal last night, which confirmed their Premier League status.

Costel Pantilimon - 8

The Romanian goalkeeper has had a fine first season at Sunderland, and he continued to show his class against Arsenal. Was called into action regularly, but was always a match for the Gunners' front-line.

Patrick Van Aanholt - 7

The rapid full-back is an obvious weapon going forward, but he showed his defensive discipline last night. 

John O'Shea - 8

Came back into the team following injury and showed his worth, leading the backline. 

Sebastian Coates - 8

His resurgence under Dick Advocaat continues. Was very solid last night, leading to calls from Liverpool fans to give him a first-team role next season.

Billy Jones - 8

Jones is always reliable and he didn't disappoint against Arsenal.

Sebastian Larsson - 7

Sunderland's player of the season continued to impress, as he put in another solid display.

Lee Cattermole - 7

Protected his defence well throughout, breaking up a number of Arsenal attacks. 

Adam Johnson - 7

May not have impacted on the match in an attacking sense as much as he would have been hoping, but he still did a solid job.

Connor Wickham - 6

Replaced at half-time by Jack Rodwell, he made little impact during his time on the field. 

Jermain Defoe - 7

Played out of position, but Defoe managed to show his defensive qualities and stuck to his task well. 

Danny Graham - 7

Led the line well for the time he was on the pitch, using all of his energy to press the Arsenal defence. His task was a thankless one, but he deserves a lot of credit.


Jack Rodwell - 7

Made Sunderland's defence even harder to break through. 

Steven Fletcher - 6

Should have scored after coming on at half-time, but can still feel relatively pleased with his display.

Will Buckley - 6

Only on for 15 minutes but stuck to his task well after being introduced. 

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