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

Patrick van Aanholt fires in a free-kick
Patrick van Aanholt fires in a free-kick
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Sunderland moved out of the relegation zone thanks to a deserved point at home to Arsenal.

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

Wahbi Khazri in action against Arsenal

Wahbi Khazri in action against Arsenal

Richard Mennear gives his player ratings below:

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

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 Didn't have many sights on goal and was withdrawn....6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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