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  • February 19, 2012
  • • 01:15
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: H. Webb
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Sunderland - Arsenal Preview: Gunners look to put disappointment of Champions League behind them with FA Cup victory

Sunderland - Arsenal Preview: Gunners look to put disappointment of Champions League behind them with FA Cup victory

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After a 4-0 defeat at San Siro, Arsene Wenger's men must pick themselves up against a side they defeated in the dying moments in the Premier League last week

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS
SUNDERLAND

Mignolet
Bardsley, O'Shea, Turner, Richardson
Larsson, Colback, Gardner, McClean
Sessegnon
Campbell
ARSENAL

Szczesney
Sagna, Djourou, Vermaelen, Gibbs
Ramsey, Song, Arteta
Walcott, Van Persie, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Sunderland have no fresh injury worries coming into their FA Cup tie with Arsenal and so are likely to field an unchanged 11 from the last time out, which incidentally was against the Gunners in the Premier League.

Arsenal on the other hand have plenty to think about after their chastening defeat to AC Milan on Wednesday night. They will have to contend without defender Laurent Koscielny who picked up a knee injury in the loss.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to be restored to the starting line-up having been left out against Milan, with Tomas Rosicky to start from the bench. Kieran Gibbs will continue his comeback from injury at left back.

Thierry Henry will no longer be available as his loan from New York Red Bulls expired on Thursday.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Despite taking charge of one less game than Steve Bruce this season, Sunderland have scored eight more goals under Martin O’Neill.
  • The Black Cats have lost 11 games this season in all competitions, just three of which have come under O’Neill (pictured right).
  • Sunderland have scored just nine goals more than Robin van Persie has in all competitions this season.
  • Robin van Persie is the top scorer at Arsenal this season with 28 goals, with the next best - Theo Walcott - having scored six.
  • Arsenal gave conceded the same amount of goals away from home in the Premier League this season as Sunderland have both home and away.
  • The Gunners have only kept only two clean sheets since the turn of the year, one of which was in the FA Cup.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Sunderland

Arsenal

Wins
1
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Sunderland AFC SUN
Sunderland AFC Sunderland
Draw
Arsenal FC ARS
Arsenal FC Arsenal
16%
77%

Top 3 Predictions

Sunderland AFC SUN
1 - 2
Arsenal FC ARS
Sunderland AFC SUN
1 - 3
Arsenal FC ARS
Sunderland AFC SUN
0 - 2
Arsenal FC ARS

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