Playing less than seventy hours after the extraordinary game against Bayern there were many questions to be answered.
Would Ozil be rested, could Giroud regain his place, would Podolski get a rare start and what physical and mental effect would it have had on those playing two games in such a short space of time?
Would Sunderland have one eye on The Capital Cup Final next week?
As a bonus we had the unveiling of the statue of the iceman, who was greeted with a standing ovation at half time.
Six of the team that started on Wednesday played, Giroud and Podolski were reinstated and we eagerly waited to see how the combination of Rosicky,Wilshere and Cazorla in midfield would perform.
Well, we didn’t have long to wait as the fluidity and pace had returned and it was nice to see Giroud being so clinical with both the opening goals. The pass and move that led to Rosicky’s delightful chip finish was much appreciated. The game was virtually over by half time yet Sunderland gifted us a forth,courtesy of Koscielny and the job was done despite a fine late goal by Giaccherini.
There were many positives but for me Sagna was the man of the match with his tireless running and interventions and having to play in three different positions during the match. If he leaves it would be a great loss.
Rosicky is like a man reborn and his energy levels are amazing and it was nice to see him rewarded with his first league goal of the season.Great goal but would a better team have let us walk the ball through their defence.
Wilshere was back to his best and to an extent took the baton from Ozil who had been rested.
Overall just the result we needed and though as with most matches we picked up a few niggles,hopefully all will be fit as we enter what will most probably be the toughest test of the season.
- Szczesny 7.5
- Sagna 8.5
- Monreal 6.5 (Jenkinson – 45′ )6
- Wilshere 8
- Koscielny 8 (Flamini – 67′ )8
- Giroud 8
- Rosicky 8 (Gnabry – 73′ ) 7
- Podolski 7
Written by kelsey