By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Nigerian younster Alex Iwobi was one of the standout players on Saturday as Arsenal defeated Sunderland 3-1 in their 3rd Round FA Cup clash at the Emirates to advance in the competition.
Sunderland who have not won in ten visits to the Emirates scored first in the game when Laurent Koscielny lost the ball from a Kieran Gibbs close pass allowing Jermaine Lens to steal the ball and net from a shot.
Super Eagles forward Iwobi was a constant menace and was involved when Arsenal equalised in the 25th minute through Joel Campbell. The Costa Rican guided the ball past Jordan Pickford in Sunderland goal who was making his senior debut for the Black Cats, after Iwobi’s initial pass picked out Theo Walcott, who set up Campbell.
Arsenal without Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez made it 2-1 in the 72nd minute of the second half through substitute Aaron Ramsey who replaced Iwobi.
Joel Campbell and Hector Bellerin exchanged passes and then set up the Welsh midfielder who poked home.
Sunderland soon paid for their prolifigacy earlier when Olivier Giroud made it 3-1 for the Gunners to ensure Arsenal were not forced to a replay.