For the second time in just over a month, Arsenal ran out 3-1 winners against Sunderland at the Emirates, with Joel Campbell, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud once again getting on the scoresheet.
The squad appeared reasonably strong, especially when compared to the relative strength of other Premier League sides last weekend. Kieran Gibbs came in for Nacho Monreal, Gabriel for Per Mertesacker, Calum Chambers and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey, and finally the surprise inclusion of Alex Iwobi in the no.10 role instead of Mesut Ozil.
All seemed to impress and it was one of the club’s stalwarts, Laurent Koscielny, who allowed Lens to smash in the opener. However, good spirit was shown and the team scored three stereotypical ‘Arsenal’ goals to take them through to the 4th round.