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  • February 9, 2013
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: A. Taylor
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Premier League Preview: Sunderland - Arsenal

Both sides enter the contest in mixed form, with the away side looking for three points in an attempt to gain ground on rivals Spurs, who are four points ahead in fourth.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SUNDERLAND
Sunderland
Mignolet
Gardner, Bramble, O'Shea, Rose
Larsson, N'Diaye, Vaughan, Johnson
Sessegnon
Fletcher

ARSENAL
  Arsenal FC
Sczcesny
Sagna, Mertesacker, Miquel, Monreal
Arteta, Wilshere
Walcott, Cazorla, Podolski
Giroud


Martin O’Neill will be without Carlos Cuellar (hamstring) from the heart of his defense, so Titus Bramble will continue alongside John O'Shea. The Irishman will captain the team in Lee Cattermole's (knee) absence, although the Stockton-born midfielder could make a return to the bench in this game.

Wes Brown (knee) is a long-term absentee for the Black Cats and Danny Graham is likely to once again feature from the bench following his deadline day move from Swansea.

Arsene Wenger is facing something of a crisis in central defense with Laurent Koscielny (calf) doubtful and Thomas Vermaelen (ankle) ruled out. If the Frenchman fails to recover it could mean a rare appearance for Ignasi Miquel or Sebastien Squillaci.

The Gunners are also without Kieran Gibbs (thigh) and Francis Coquelin (hamstring), while Aaron Ramsey is doubtful after missing Wales' midweek friendly with Austria due to a calf strain.

Theo Walcott was substituted in England's win over Brazil after a heavy collision with Julio Cesar, but is expected to be fine for the clash at the Stadium of Light.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Sunderland has won five of its last nine Premier League games (losing the other four) after winning just four of its previous 29 (drawing 13 and losing 12).
  • Steven Fletcher has scored the first goal of the game six times this season - more often than any other Premier League player.
  • Stephane Sessegnon, meanwhile, has been fouled more often than any other player this season - a total of 61 times thus far.
  • Arsenal has made 13 errors leading to a goal in the Premier League this season, more than any other team in the league.
  • The Gunners have also tended to start their games badly; if only the second half of Premier League fixtures counted this season, Arsenal would be second, only two points behind Manchester City.
  • Lukas Podolski (pictured right) has played a part in 10 goals over his last eight Premier League appearances for Arsenal (four goals and six assists).

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Available Squads
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
3Danny RoseDefender
16John O'SheaDefender
19Titus BrambleDefender
18Alfred N'diayeMidfielder
33Lee CattermoleMidfielder
8Craig GardnerMidfielder
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
9Steven FletcherStriker
20Keiren WestwoodGoalkeeper
2Phil BardsleyDefender
5Kader ManganeDefender
24Carlos Javier CuéllarDefender
7Sebastian LarssonMidfielder
-David VaughanMidfielder
9Danny GrahamStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
4Per MertesackerDefender
17MonrealDefender
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
12Olivier GiroudStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
25Vito MannoneGoalkeeper
48MiquelDefender
24A. DiabyMidfielder
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
9Lukas PodolskiStriker
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker

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