Arsenal faced Sunderland in the early kick-off and they did kick-off the scoring early, thanks to Sanchez’s header in the 19th minute. Three goals in six and a half minutes decided the match for Arsenal with Giroud scoring a quick brace to see off Sunderland.
Arsenal had to deal without Theo Walcott, who was out due to illness, Cazorla and Monreal who couldn’t be fit ahead of the match at the Stadium of Light. Oxlade-Chamberlain filled in for Theo, while Elneny and Gibbs replaced the two Spaniards.
Arsenal’s lethal performance portrayed a lot of significant performances, let’s have a look at who was the ‘Man of the Match’.
A) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Following a decent brace in mid week in the EFL cup, Oxlade-Chamberlain got the Premier League start he was vying for. He had great responsibility on his shoulders as Arsenal’s right wing has been on fire lately, thanks to Walcott’s vigorous services. He filled in with much confidence, and in the 19th minute, it was his cross that found Alexis’s head that saw Arsenal open the scoring. He could have got one goal at least, as his best chance came when Ozil’s wonderfully weighted ball over the top of the last defender found Chamberlain but he snatched at it and couldn’t get a clean contact. He showed good pace on the ball throughout the match and he will hope to have impressed Wenger with his performance.
B) Alexis Sanchez
Wonderful game for Sanchez; he opened the scoring in the 19th minute for Arsenal with a good header and came on the end of a 22 pass move – a record for most passes before a goal in the Premier League. He also scored the fourth goal for Arsenal, a truly composed finish to put the match to bed. Alexis was always getting involved in Arsenal’s attacks. His work rate was a constant menace for the opposition and despite being the central striker, he was not reluctant to drift wide and play balls in behind.
C) Mohamed Elneny
Elneny completed full 90 minutes of the match and appeared to be doing well filling in for Cazorla, and the suspended Granit Xhaka. He was calm on the ball and was determined in defending. His precise distribution from midfield was impressive and he was always available to get Arsenal out of tight areas.
He might however struggle to compete for the midfield role with Xhaka serving his last of the three game ban, Ramsey back fit and Cazorla on his way back from injury..
D) Olivier Giroud
The game completely changed when Giroud came on; he scored two goal with his first two touches and added a different dimension to Arsenal’s game. His adept finishing provided Arsenal with a cutting edge that they seemed to be lacking in the game. An adept finish and a superb glancing header capped off a great performance from the bench for Giroud.
Verdict: Alexis’s performance throughout makes him the ‘Man of the Match’ for today’s game, not many should disagree with the decision, however, Arsene Wenger now seems to have a great squad with Giroud and Ramsey back. He might put a few player’s fitness to test on Tuesday against Ludogorets, until then, Cheers!