Paolo Di Canio's men welcome the Gunners to the North East with the ambition of securing their first win in the English Premier League this season
The Stadium of Light will be the battle ground as Sunderland host red-hot Arsenal in Saturday’s EPL clash. Since Arsenal lost their first league game of the season at home to Aston Villa, the Gunners have been in cruise control winning their last four matches in all competitions.
For Paolo Di Canio’s men, they are yet to re-ignite the form that saw them escape the drop last season as they are yet to win a single game in the league this season. Their last match came to a disappointing end versus Crystal as they bowed 3-1 away to the newly promoted Eagles.
Arsene Wenger's come into this game with a hard fought win against Tottenham Hotspur before the international break. Ladbrokes price them at 7/10 (1.7) to take all three points at the Stadium of Light. The draw is available at 11/4 (3.75).
This game will see Mesut Ozil make his debut after his £42.5million pound move to the Emirates from Real Madrid with Paolo Di Canio boasting three new additions namely Ki Sung-Yueng, Andrea Dossena and Fabio Borini. However, they will be without the suspended John O'Shea as well as Craig Gardner and Phil Bardsley all out to injury.
A bet that stands out in this fixture is Arsenal to Arsenal to score first and also to score last at 8/11 (1.72).
For those looking for more value, backing Arsenal's man of the moment Oliver Giroud to net first at 5/1 (6.00) is well worth backing. The Frenchman has scored first in all three of Arsenal's league games this season and should lead the Gunners line again.