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February 18, 2012 5:15 PM GMT
Stadium of Light — Sunderland
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
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Player Ratings: Sunderland 2-0 Arsenal

Heartbreak for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as young winger's own goal seals sorry Gunners' FA Cup exit after Kieran Richardson puts Black Cats on course for quarter-finals

By Rob Stewart at the Stadium of Light

  • Simon Mignolet
    28
    13
    3.00

    Simon Mignolet

    Craig Gordon was here as a spectator and must realise his Sunderland days are numbered because his Belgian colleague is a formidable last line of defence and pulled off a fine save to deny Gervinho.

  • John O'Shea
    49
    9
    3.50

    John O'Shea

    He may no longer be captain now Lee Cattermole is back in action, but he still led by example at the heart of the Sunderland defence.

  • Michael Turner
    19
    19
    3.00

    Michael Turner

    He is not the most stylish of centre-halves but he was certainly the sort of player that Arsenal could do thanks to his no-nonsense style.

  • Phil Bardsley
    23
    15
    3.00

    Phil Bardsley

    The aggressive Scotland international brings a bite to defending that Arsenal could do with.

  • Craig Gardner
    23
    11
    3.00

    Craig Gardner

    He is best known as a goal-scorer but the midfielder showed that he is no one-trick pony with a display that put the emphasis on work-rate.

  • Jack Colback
    22
    11
    3.00

    Jack Colback

    He seldom wasted possession and closed down his opponents as if his life depended on it and was always a willing outlet.

  • James McClean
    39
    8
    3.00

    James McClean

    The Irishman seems to get better by the game and gave Sagna a torrid time with his powerful running and willingness to take on his marker.

  • Kieran Richardson
    43
    14
    3.50

    Kieran Richardson

    The arrival of Wayne Bridge seems to have brought the best out of the left-back who tamed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and struck a fine opening goal to put his team in command.

  • Lee Cattermole
    99
    21
    4.00

    Lee Cattermole Top of the Match

    The combative midfielder will get into the England side at this rate because his ball-winning, harrying and use of possession were all excellent.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    35
    10
    3.00

    Sebastian Larsson

    He might not be up to much in open play but he remains a constant menace at set-pieces and it was his free-kick that paved the way for Richardson's goal.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    63
    14
    3.50

    Stéphane Sessegnon

    The former Paris St Germain attacker has been linked with Arsenal and he showed why because he was a handful throughout with his searing turn of pace that set up the killer second goal. The standing ovation when he went off late on said it all.

Substitutions

  • Fraizer Campbell
    20
    15
    0.00

    Fraizer Campbell

    Sent on late on to run down the clock.

  • Lukasz Fabianski
    55
    53
    3.00

    Lukasz Fabianski

    This was only his sixth appearance of the season and he justified his inclusion with a tidy display but he could do nothing about the goals as his defence disintegrated.

  • Bacary Sagna
    38
    62
    2.50

    Bacary Sagna

    He was not given a moment's rest by James McClean and struggled to get to grips with one of the most talked about young wingers.

  • Johan Djourou
    66
    167
    2.00

    Johan Djourou Flop of the Match

    Arsene Wenger's heart must be in his mouth every time the ball goes anywhere near the hapless Swiss defender who looked as shaky as ever. An accident waiting to happen and he was indirectly responsible for Sunderland's opener.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    112
    44
    3.50

    Thomas Vermaelen

    The versatile Belgian makes defending look so easy and ensured Gunners old boy Seb Larsson hardly got a look-in in open play but his team missed him when he moved from centre-half to left-back.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    29
    107
    2.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    He struggled to impose himself in the over-crowded midfield trenches and was a peripheral figure and hardly got into the game.

  • Alex Song
    35
    76
    2.50

    Alex Song

    He was unable to really hurt Sunderland because he played too deeply and was knocked out of his stride by Lee Cattermole on a regular basis.

  • Francis Coquelin
    60
    47
    2.50

    Francis Coquelin

    The French defender looked comfortable at left-back in the opening exchanges so it was a shame the 20-year-old limped off early through injury.

  • Mikel Arteta
    35
    96
    2.50

    Mikel Arteta

    He saw plenty of the ball but the Spanish playmaker was simply not good enough to unpick the packed Sunderland defence.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    100
    69
    2.50

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    It was a frustrating evening for the young winger as little went right for him but he deserves credit for never giving up and his own goal was cruel reward for his never-say-die attitude..

  • Robin van Persie
    51
    80
    2.50

    Robin van Persie

    The skipper was starved of service and ran into trouble too often as Sunderland defended in numbers.

  • Gervinho
    61
    69
    3.00

    Gervinho

    A welcome return to club duties for the livewire Ivory Coast striker who looked threatening whenever he picked up possession but faded because he hardly saw the ball.

Substitutions

  • Sébastien Squillaci
    21
    109
    2.50

    Sébastien Squillaci

    He was rushed into action early on and looked fairly steady compared to Djourou but that is not saying much and he suffered the ignominy of being substituted.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    44
    80
    2.50

    Tomas Rosicky

    He struggled to make an impact and was shrugged off far too easily by Sessegnon ahead of the crucial second goal.

  • Theo Walcott
    15
    54
    2.50

    Theo Walcott

    Failed to have an impact on the game after coming on as a substitute in the second half, with Sunderland easily controlling the England international.

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