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Poll: Who was Arsenal's Man Of The Match against Sunderland?

As predicted, it was an experimental Arsenal side that lined up to play against Sunderland in the North East yesterday, with Arsene Wenger taking the opportunity to try out different personnel both in defence and midfield.

Lukasz Fabianski was again given the task of being the custodian of the goalkeepers' gloves and he was called into action within seconds of kick off when Carlos Edwards let fly with a vicious drive from about 20 yards out.

Apart from a few minor slip-ups, however, the back four of Johan Djourou, Alex Song, Philippe Senderos and Gael Clichy coped well against the Black Cats who rarely threatened the visitors' goal.

In what was hopefully a sign of things to come, Theo Walcott added to his goals tally for the Gunners, with his seventh goal of the season being the only strike that mattered in the final game of the season, although substitute Mark Randall wrongly had a goal chalked off in what was his Premier League debut...

All in all it was an assured Arsenal display with a young team and an even younger bench, made up of Vito Mannone (20), Armand Traore (18), Randall (18), Havard Nordveit (17) and Nacer Barazite (17).

Denilson once again played well in the Cesc Fabregas role, while Gilberto's experience allowed him to slot into the place vacated by Mathieu Flamini and it was the veteran Brazilian skipper who slid through the assisting pass for Theo to stroke home the winner.

I'll post up an Arsenal Pies player of the season vote here tomorrow, but in the meantime, let us know your thoughts on yesterday's Man Of The Match by choosing who you thought our best player was and clicking on Vote.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on May 12, 2008 11:57 AM in Match Report| Players| Poll
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