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Premier League

  • October 16, 2011
  • • 8:30 AM
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 60078

Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Sunderland

Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Sunderland

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Both the Gunners and the Black Cats are in need of a big performance to salvage poor league positions in a game that has provided very few goals in recent years.



Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Santos
Song, Arteta, Ramsey
Walcott, Gervinho, Van Persie
O’Shea, Turner, Brown, Richardson
 Gardner, Cattermole, Sessegnon
Larsson, Elmohamady, Ji

The returning Laurent Koscielny should line up alongside Per Mertesacker in the Gunners’ central defense. With both Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs out of action, summer signings Carl Jenkinson and Andre Santos will fill in at fullback. Otherwise, Arsene Wenger will stay with the team that has become familiar over the last few weeks, with Theo Walcott and Gervinho expected to flank Robin van Persie up top.

In the absence of Nicklas Bendtner it’s likely that Ji Dong-Won will operate as the lone front man. Steve Bruce will also shuffle his back four with Titus Bramble and Phil Bardsley both suspended, probably utilising Michael Turner and Wes Brown in the heart of defense, with Manchester United old boys John O’Shea and Kieran Richardson doing a job at fullback.

  • In the last seven Premier League meetings between the two, just eight goals have been scored.
  • Only one of the 13 goals Sunderland has scored against Arsenal in the Premier League era has been netted in the first half.
  • In the last 23 Premier League games, Sunderland has kept just four clean sheets, one of which was at the Emirates last term.
  • Since the start of February, Sunderland has only once gone two league games without defeat.
  • Arsenal has conceded 16 goals so far this season, more than in any season since 1963-64 when it had shipped 20 after seven matches.
  • In 2011, Robin van Persie (pictured right) has netted 21 times in 24 outings and three in three home appearances against Sunderland.
  • If selected, Sebastian Larsson will be playing against his former club.


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Available Squads
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
4Per MertesackerDefender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
17Alex SongMidfielder
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
14Theo WalcottStriker
20Robin van PersieStriker
21Lukasz FabianskiGoalkeeper
27Andre SantosDefender
5Johan DjourouDefender
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
35Emmanuel FrimpongMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
10Chu-Young ParkStriker
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
16John O'SheaDefender
6Michael TurnerDefender
5Wes BrownDefender
15Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
27Ahmed El MohamadyMidfielder
-David VaughanMidfielder
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
33Lee CattermoleMidfielder
7Sebastian LarssonMidfielder
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
20Keiren WestwoodGoalkeeper
40Louis LaingDefender
8Craig GardnerMidfielder
7David MeylerMidfielder
-James McCleanMidfielder
10Connor WickhamStriker
10Dong-Won JiStriker

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