Sunderland 0 Arsenal 0: Cats move out of relegation zone but who scooped man of the match?

Sunderland moved out of the relegation zone thanks to a deserved point at home to Arsenal.

Sunday, 24th April 2016, 3:23 pm
Updated Sunday, 24th April 2016, 4:28 pm
Patrick van Aanholt fires in a free-kick

But who scooped the man of the match award in the goalless draw at the Stadium of Light?

Richard Mennear gives his player ratings below:

Wahbi Khazri in action against Arsenal

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Sunderland (4-1-4-1)

Vito Mannone: Saw plenty of the ball in the first half, made superb save to deny Sanchez from free-kick. Excellent stop second half from Sanchez. Key player....8

DeAndre Yedlin: Could have conceded a penalty but aside from that was excellent at the back. Great block to deny Iwobi. Some important clearances....7

Lamine Kone: Won his fair share of headers and helped keep a lid on Giroud who was very poor. Third clean sheet out of four for the defence.....7

Wahbi Khazri in action against Arsenal

Younes Kaboul: Solid afternoon for the Frenchman. Spared Mannone's blushes too when the keeper came rushing out and missed a header.....7

Patrick van Aanholt: Hit the angle of post and bar with a superb free-kick, Cech was well beaten. Solid at the back....7

Jan Kirchhoff: Sunderland were well organised and fought for every ball. Kirchhoff not as dominating as usual but certainly played his part. Took a knock and tired, was subbed....7

Fabio Borini: Worked hard defensively, covered a lot of ground. Didn't have many sights on goal and was withdrawn....6

Lee Cattermole (C): A real leader in the middle of the park, cajoling his teammates at every break. Too many passes went astray but made a good contribution.....7

Yann M'Vila: Failed to get into the game first half. Saw one shot curl wide and had little impact. Second half far more productive but still wasteful in possession.....6

Wahbi Khazri: Excellent. Sunderland's best player first half, covered a lot of ground and posed a real threat coming in off the left wing. Carried that threat into second half. MOM..8

Jermain Defoe: Again isolated at times but worked hard causing the Arsenal defence problems. Saw a strong penalty appeal waved away. Cech denied him second half...7


Duncan Watmore (for Borini, 74): Added some extra legs and energy.....6

Seb Larsson (for Kirchhoff, 76): Kirchhoff needed to come off, Larsson added some more energy into middle....6

Subs Not Used: Pickford, Jones, O'Shea, Rodwell, N'Doye.

Booked: Borini (foul, 58), Khazri (90)

Goals: None.

Arsenal: (4-2-3-1)

Petr Cech: 7

Hector Bellerin: 6

Per Mertesacker (C): 6

Laurent Koscielny: 6

Nacho Monreal: 7

Mohamed Elneny: 6

Aaron Ramsey: 5

Alexis Sanchez: 6

Mesut Ozil: 5

Alex Iwobi: 6

Olivier Giroud: 5


Theo Walcott (for Iwobi, 71): 5

Danny Welbeck (for Giroud, 71): 6

Jack Wilshere (for Ozil, 83): 5

Subs Not Used: Ospina, Paulista, Coquelin, Campbell.

Booked: Ramsey, (foul, 40), Bellerin (foul, 49), Elneny (foul, 76), Koscielny (foul, 90)

Goals: None.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral) Strong case for a penalty from both camps but gave neither. Sunderland, in particular, felt rightly aggrieved. Steady aside from that...5/10

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