Made a great save from Sessegnon in the first half and Welbeck late on and showed no ill effects from his Wembley comedown last weekend.
Made some excellent bursts forward on the overlap and defended with great authority.
Rested in midweek, the Frenchman had the odd hairy moment, including another mix-up with Szczesny that was a reminder of their Wembley meltdown. But he shrugged off his part in Arsenal's last-minute defeat against Birmingham to deliver a calm and resolute display.
Sessegnon's pace and movement troubled him at times but kept in control and made some fine overlaps on the left flank. His crossing was also more dangerous than normal.
Made some fine interceptions, even if he did get caught out of position on a few occasions. Took responsibility by stepping into midfield when Sunderland camped in their own half.
As Arsenal's designated 'water-carrier', his role was one of negation rather than creation but was tidy enough in a deep role. Subbed after an hour as Wenger went all-out attack.
Stationed alongside Denilson rather than in a more advanced role, the Frenchman made some good forward runs but he was sloppy in possession and wasted some good positions.
Not just a jack-of-all-trades but a master of them, too. Deployed as Arsenal's most advanced central midfielder in the 'Fabregas role', he was a typical mix of tenacity and creativity. Inches from putting Arshavin through on goal in the first half and an intelligent link between midfield and attack.
Produced the most skilful moment of the match when he weaved past a handful of Sunderland defenders in the first half and was centimetres from putting his team ahead with a free-kick. The Frenchman was Arsenal's most dangerous attacker and was involved in most of their best attacks.
After a quiet first half, the little Russian became far more involved after the break. Had a good chance to put the finishing touch to a brilliant Arsenal counter-attack on the hour but shot straight at the keeper. Later, he put the ball in the back of the net, but to howls of disgust, was ruled to have been off-side.
As an audition for the lone striker role in Barcelona, it went reasonably well. The big Dane held the ball up well, got in some good positions and nearly put his team ahead with one superbly struck half-volley from a tight angle in the first half. But he was becalmed when he was shunted out to the right flank following Chamakh's introduction.
A real thorn in Arsenal's side. Made excellent reflex saves from Bendtner, Arshavin and Nasri and looked in control whenever his goal was threatened.
One of those afternoons when he looked like the player he once promised to be. Dominant in the air and alert on the ground, he delivered a towering display.
The versatile left-footer carried out his manager's wishes by getting in the faces of Arsenal's midfielders. Was also pro-active in possession and helped launched some good counter-attacks for the visitors in the last 10 minutes.
A claret-and-cream rock at the heart of the Sunderland defence. Made some excellent interceptions and reacted adroitly to all signs of danger.
A square peg in a round hole at left-back, but still contributed to frustrating Arsenal and ensuring Nasri had to come inside to find some space.
Not a natural right-back but stuck to his task well, particularly when Arshavin livened up in the second half.
Deployed in an unfamiliar holding midfield role, he closed down the space for Arsenal's ball players to operate and his short-range passing was effective.
Created problems for Clichy with his pace and trickery and had one fine cross-shot pushed away by Szczesny in the first half.
Booked on the hour mark, and while not yet back to his early season form, he did play his part in negating the space in which Arsenal could weave their midfield passing triangles. Booked for a poorly timed challenge on Diaby and subbed late on.
Had some neat touches and effective at frustrating Arsenal by providing extra cover to help Bardsley close down Nasri.
Dislocated from his midfielders and offered little threat to the Arsenal defence. Struggled to hold the ball up and subbed late on.