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  • February 18, 2012
  • • 12:15 PM
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: H. Webb
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FA Cup Preview: Sunderland - Arsenal

FA Cup Preview: Sunderland - Arsenal

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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 LINEUPS
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 has no fresh injury worries coming into its FA Cup tie with Arsenal and is 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, has plenty to think about after its chastening defeat to AC Milan on Wednesday night. The club 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 lineup 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 has 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 has 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 has conceded the same amount of goals away from home in the Premier League this season as Sunderland has both home and away.
  • The Gunners have kept only two clean sheets since the turn of the year, one of which was in the FA Cup.

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Available Squads
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
16John O'SheaDefender
6Michael TurnerDefender
2Phil BardsleyDefender
8Craig GardnerMidfielder
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
-James McCleanMidfielder
15Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
33Lee CattermoleMidfielder
7Sebastian LarssonMidfielder
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
20Keiren WestwoodGoalkeeper
16Sotirios KyrgiakosDefender
3Wayne BridgeDefender
27Ahmed El MohamadyMidfielder
7David MeylerMidfielder
10Dong-Won JiStriker
25Fraizer CampbellStriker
21Lukasz FabianskiGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
5Johan DjourouDefender
5Thomas VermaelenDefender
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
35Francis CoquelinMidfielder
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
20Robin van PersieStriker
27GervinhoStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
18Sébastien SquillaciDefender
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker

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