After being held to a drab draw at the previous weekend, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal managed to hit back in the League Cup, putting a foot in the quarter-final of the competition. They will now turn their attention towards their league trip to the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Sunderland, are in the middle of a drought early this season picking up just 2 points from the first 9 games of the season, leaving David Moyes, the new manager at the club, plenty of work to do ahead of this game. The Gunners are favorites to land all three points and go top of the table and here is the preview of this game along with the team news, predicted line-ups, betting odds and predictions.
The Sunderland vs Arsenal game will be played at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland on Saturday the 29th of October. The kickoff is scheduled at 12:30 pm BST (5:00 pm IST)
Sunderland will need their full strength squad for this game but Moyes is expected to be without 7 first team players for this game. Sebastian Larsson, Fabio Borini, Jan Kirchhoff, Vito Mannone, Adnan Januzaj, Jason Denayer and Lee Cattermole are all out through injuries and are the only players missing from this game.
The manager recently revealed that Santi Cazorla will not be available for this game leaving Coquelin and Ramsey, who is just back from injury, in the midfield for this game. Xhaka remains suspended while Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck and Chupa Akpom are all long term absentees.
Pickford; Manquillo, Kone, O’shea, Aanholt; Watmore, McNair, Ndong, Rodwell, Khazri; Defoe
Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Ramsey; Oxlade Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott; Alexis Sanchez
Theo Walcott vs Patrick van Aanholt:
The English winger has been superb this season scoring for fun for the Gunners and will be a huge headache for the Black Cats on the night. His pace and strength will be a direct threat to the goal and Sunderland full-back Van Aanholt will be responsible to keep him away from danger and give his side a chance in this game.
Jermaine Defoe vs Shkodran Mustafi:
Easily the biggest goal threat for Arsenal on the night, Jermaine Defoe, will have a big job on his hands if Sunderland are to take anything from this game. He will be up against a debutant in this fixture in Mustafi and will hope to get the better of the German to give Sunderland a shot at a point.
All competitions: Played 150, Sunderland 49, Arsenal 60, draw 41
Sunderland have lost 5 of their last 6 matches in the Premier League.
Arsenal have won their last 3 away matches in the Premier League.
Arsenal are undefeated in their last 9 matches against Sunderland in all competitions.
Sunderland have won just one of their last 25 Premier League matches against Arsenal, a 1-0 win for Steve Bruce’s side in November 2009 (D9 L15).
Arsenal have conceded just eight times in 15 visits to Sunderland in the Premier League (incl. one game at Roker Park). The Gunners have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four at the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats have never managed to score more than twice in a Premier League game against Arsenal. David Moyes has lost 14 Premier League games against Arsene Wenger – the only manager he’s lost to as often is Sir Alex Ferguson.
Olivier Giroud has scored five times and assisted two goals in his last six Premier games against Sunderland in all competitions.
Playing away from home, Arsenal might have a couple of issues on the night but facing a side that has lost 7 of their last 9 league games, they will go into this game as firm favorites to take all three points. Sunderland can be resistant at times but the Gunners are in too good a form to miss out on points from this game.
Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal