Arsenal’s February fixtures ended with an easy 4-1 win over Sunderland in the Emirates sunshine. The match at times had he feel of a pre-season game. Sunderland clearly have Wembley on their minds and turned in easily the worst performance we have seen by an away side this season.

Little Mozart, scores one for the team
Little Mozart, scores one for the team

Olivier Giroud returned from his much publicised off-field activities to score in the 5th and 31st minute. Slotting the first home after good approach work and a final pass from the Jack Wilshere. The second was gifted to him by a terrible backpass from a Sunderland defender, which he intercepted and slipped the ball past Vito. Tomas Rosicky scored the goal of the game, the Little Mozart chipping the ball over Vito after a slick four-man move cut the inept Sunderland defence apart. Laurent Koscielny competed the scoring for the Gunners in the 57th minute with an unchallenged header from a corner. You know it’s an afternoon stroll when Arsenal score from a corner. Sunderland replied with a well taken goal from Giaccherini in the 76th minute. A goal Sunderland’s performance didn’t merit.

The biggest cheers of the day were reserved for Dennis Bergkamp’s emotional pitch-side interview – more of that in the separate article.

The only downside of the afternoon was caused by the signal problems at Arnos Grove,  which disrupted fans on the way to the match.

So how are you feeling after Saturday’s easy win and as we go into this weekend’s match at Stoke.