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February 11, 2012 10:00 AM EST
Stadium of Light — Sunderland
Referee:‬ N. Swarbrick‎
Attendance:‬ 40312‎
 
Aaron Ramsey 75′
 
Thierry Henry 90+1′
   
 
 

Player ratings: Sunderland 1-2 Arsenal

Thierry Henry comes off the bench to mark Premier League farewell in style with dramatic late winner to complete impressive fightback against Martin O'Neill's side.

By Rob Stewart at the Stadium of Light

  • Simon Mignolet
    4
    8
    3.00

    Simon Mignolet

    There was little he could do about the two Arsenal goals.

  • Phil Bardsley
    2
    9
    3.00

    Phil Bardsley

    The Scottish international looked to have the measure of Oxlade-Chamberlain, even if he needed help from his midfielders to keep him in check.

  • Michael Turner
    0
    9
    2.50

    Michael Turner

    After a shaky start he rose to the challenge of stifling the Arsenal attack with a stubborn display until he let in Henry at the end.

  • John O'Shea
    20
    23
    3.50

    John O'Shea Top of the Match

    The Sunderland skipper led by example at the heart of the Black Cats defense to frustrate the Gunners until things unraveled at the end.

  • Kieran Richardson
    2
    11
    2.50

    Kieran Richardson

    It seems laughable now that Steve Bruce once touted him as a future England left back and that he was recently linked to Arsenal, because he looks uncomfortable in defense.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    7
    10
    3.50

    Sebastian Larsson

    He was deemed surplus to requirements at Arsenal but the Swede looks vital to Sunderland thanks to his set piece prowess and work rate.

  • Craig Gardner
    4
    12
    3.50

    Craig Gardner

    He has been complaining of homesickness but the Midlander seems to be finally settling down under Martin O'Neill and would have scored but for a superb save by by Szczesny.

  • Jack Colback
    2
    10
    3.00

    Jack Colback

    He was always a willing outlet in the midfield trenches and used limited possession well.

  • James McClean
    6
    10
    3.50

    James McClean

    There has been an outcry on Wearside over his exclusion from the Republic of Ireland squad and he strengthened his international credentials with an opportunist's strike.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    1
    11
    3.00

    Stéphane Sessegnon

    Sunderland's leading scorer was starved of possession but worked his socks off.

  • Fraizer Campbell
    2
    11
    3.00

    Fraizer Campbell

    He deserves credit for his non-stop running as an auxiliary defender.

Substitutions

  • Dong-Won Ji
    5
    10
    3.00

    Dong-Won Ji

    Struggled to get into the game

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    58
    4
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    He looked unbeatable until Mertesacker's slip let in McClean, whose finish gave the Pole no chance.

  • Bacary Sagna
    55
    4
    3.50

    Bacary Sagna

    The Frenchman showed signs that when he is back to full fitness he will the best right back in the Premier League.

  • Per Mertesacker
    26
    28
    2.50

    Per Mertesacker

    Little went right for the German, who was stretchered off after his slip allowed in McClean for the Sunderland goal. Was lucky not to give away a first half penalty for handball.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    49
    1
    3.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

    The Belgian looks the part as a left back but could have done better in attack as Sunderland dropped deeper and deeper.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    45
    3
    3.00

    Laurent Koscielny

    He maintained his concentration despite being an onlooker for the vast majority of the game.

  • Mikel Arteta
    40
    5
    3.00

    Mikel Arteta

    It needed something special to unlock the packed Sunderland defense but the Spaniard was unable to produce a killer ball.

  • Alex Song
    49
    3
    3.50

    Alex Song

    He was head and shoulders above the Sunderland midfielders but lacked creativity.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    34
    96
    2.50

    Tomas Rosicky Flop of the Match

    There can be no doubt that he has plenty of guile but he lacked the verve necessary to overcome a 10-man defense.

  • Theo Walcott
    32
    27
    3.00

    Theo Walcott

    The England winger saw a first half chance fizz just wide but did not offer enough penetration down the right wing despite seeing plenty of the ball.

  • Robin van Persie
    50
    7
    3.00

    Robin van Persie

    The skipper looked a constant threat but failed to make the most of an early chance that could have put the Gunners in the driving seat, rather than chasing a late winner.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    38
    11
    2.50

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    He looked menacing on the ball but too often he found himself facing two opponents and was stifled.

Substitutions

  • Aaron Ramsey
    86
    2
    3.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    He got the fightback going with the equalizer.

  • Andrey Arshavin
    86
    5
    3.00

    Andrey Arshavin

    Did his bit for the cross on Henry's goal.

  • Thierry Henry
    142
    3
    3.50

    Thierry Henry

    His 90th minute winner ensured this was a dream farewell to the Premier League.

Results
 
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