Arsene Wenger is slowly running out of first choice players in one of the worst injury hit seasons for the Gunners. The club is winless in their last three games and has not been able to break defenses like they are known for. Their last game against Norwich City ended in a 1-1 draw as Arsenal found it hard to find goals after they lost Alexis Sanchez to an injury. They will face a relatively easy fixture against the Black Cats in this week’s Barclays Premier League.

Sunderland and Sam Allardyce will be ecstatic with their 3-0 victory against Newcastle last weekend and will be full of confidence when they take on an Arsenal side that are lacking many of their star players. This article is a preview of the game between the two sides and also includes the Team News, Betting Odds, Expected Line-ups and Predictions.

The Arsenal vs Sunderland match will be played on Saturday the 5th of December at the Emirates Stadium in London. The kick-off is scheduled at 3:00 pm BST (8:30 pm IST).

Team News:

Arsenal have some good news in wake of all the injuries with Theo Walcott and Laurent Koscielny likely to make a come-back in the squad for the game against Sunderland. Santi Cazorla is also out for three months and Ramsey is expected to take up a mid-field role alongside Flamini who will deputize for Coquelin who is also not available. Oxlade Chamberlain and Campbell are expected to start for the Gunners on the weekend.

Allardyce has his own set of injury problems with Larsson and Defoe both walking away from the game against Newcastle with injuries. Both players are not available for this clash. Jack Rodwell who has been injured for the visitors is back in training but will not be able to take part in this game. Borini and Fletcher are expected to start against the Gunners.

 

 

Expected Line-ups:

Arsenal:

Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil, J Campbell, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Giroud

Sunderland:

 Pantilimon; O’Shea, Coates, Kaboul; Yedlin, Cattermole, M’Vila, Lens, Van Aanholt; Borini, Fletcher

Key Battles:

Mesut Ozil vs Lee Cattermole:

Ozil has been in the form of his life this season as he has looked exquisite with his touch and passing. He has the most number of assists in Europe in the top 5 leagues and is the most innovative player in the Arsenal side. He will come up against Cattermole who loves to tackle and break up play. This will be an interesting battle in the middle of the field.

Fletcher vs Koscielny:

Koscielny is coming back into the team after an injury and may not be up for the physical threat that Fletcher will pose in front of goal. Fetcher is a strong striker who loves the physical battle and may just get the better of the French International on the day. This might be one of the ways that the visitors can get anything from the game.

Betting Odds:

Arsenal: 1/4

Draw: 5/1

Sunderland: 12/1

Prediction:

Arsenal are looking weak in the mid-field and are missing some key players. The squad that Wenger will select for this game will almost be a second string one and things can easily go wrong for the team. Sunderland are high off their victory last weekend and will hope to take a point at least from this game.

Arsenal 2-2 Sunderland.

 

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