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Arsenal v Sunderland - Player ratings

Arsenal v Sunderland - Player ratings

Alexis Sanchez hit a brace as Arsenal secured victory over relegated Sunderland in front of a sparsely populated Emirates Stadium to keep alive their dwindling hopes of Champions League qualification.

The Gunners needed to beat David Moyes' men to take the battle to finish in the top four of the Premier League down to the last day of the campaign.

They made heavy weather of their task, with Sanchez scoring a close-range double inside the final 17 minutes to secure the points with a 2-0 win.

STAR MAN

Alexis Sanchez. Who else but Arsenal's saviour this season? Jordan Pickford was brilliant in goal for Sunderland but Sanchez was presented with two chances and took them both. His second-half brace could prove crucial in Arsenal's push for a top-four finish.

RATINGS

Arsenal

Petr Cech 6

Shkodran Mustafi 6

Kieran Gibbs 6
Rob Holding 6
Hector Bellerin 6
Granit Xhaka 7
Aaron Ramsey 6
Nacho Monreal 6
Mesut Ozil 6
Alexis Sanchez 8
Olivier Giroud 6

Substitutes

Danny Welbeck (On for Ramsey, 68 minutes) 7
Alex Iwobi (On for Gibbs, 68 minutes) 7
Theo Walcott (On for Giroud, 84 minutes)

Sunderland

Jordan Pickford 8
Billy Jones 6
Lamine Kone 6
John O'Shea 6
Javier Manquillo 6
Bryan Oviedo 6
Didier N'dong 6
Sebastian Larsson 7
Fabio Borini 6
Lee Cattermole 6
Jermain Defoe 6

Substitutes

Lyden Gooch (On for Cattermole, 76 minutes) 6
Adnan Januzaj (On for Manquillo, 82 minutes) 6
Darron Gibson (On for N'Dong, 87 minutes) 6