Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce was happy with his side’s display at Arsenal and felt they could have scored a couple more goals on a different afternoon.
The Black Cats went in level at the break after Olivier Giroud’s own goal had restored parity at the Emirates, but second-half strikes from Giroud – in the right end – and Aaron Ramsey earned Arsenal a 3-1 win.
After the game, Allardyce hailed Sunderland’s efforts and says he could not wish for more from his players: “I could not ask for more in terms of chances created, but we failed to convert any and that makes me wonder what would have happened with Jermain Defoe on the pitch. He could have bagged two or three today,” he told the BBC.
“I am really disappointed not to have got anything out of the game, but I am really pleased with the performance and the chances that we created against Arsenal on their own patch.
“The system is working well in both attacking and defending point of view. I think we have got goalscorers.Steven Fletcher is a goal-scorer, Duncan Watmore has got a few goals, Fabio Borini…has been out for a bit so I can forgive him his miss.”