Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0 player ratings: Was Costel Pantilimon our man of the match?

A look at the individual performances at the Emirates

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Sunderland secured their Premier League survival with an impressive point at The Emirates - thanks largely to a sterling defensive display from goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.

A point ensured that Arsenal will all but finish the season in third place, meaning they will enter next season's Champions League at the group stages.

Despite racking up 28 shots - and enjoying 75 per cent of the possession - the Gunners could not find a way past a dogged and determined Black Cats rearguard. The visitors did not park the bus, however - they had real chances to take all three points, mainly courtesy of Patrick van Aanholt and substitute Steven Fletcher.

Arsenal's failure to find the net meant that they failed to score in three consecutive home Premier League matches for the first time in over six years.

Dick Advocaat's job is complete, having guided his side to survival. His future at The Stadium of Light past this season is uncertain, but his latest achievement ranks highly on an already stellar CV.

 

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