Sunderland vs Arsenal preview, match line up and predicted score line by KJ
Arsenal are back after the midweek international break (which included a MOTM performance by our very own Jack Wilshere). We go into this game after what was a hard-fought win against a defensively solid Stoke side who’s aim was to sit back and hope for the best.
This similarly will be a difficult game in my opinion. Sunderland have slowly improved their earlier form and are a difficult opponent at the Stadium of Light. They’ve recently signed Danny Graham who along with Steven Fletcher could potentially trouble Arsenal’s defence (who could possibly lack both Koscielny and Vermaelen).
We’ll have more possession and could potentially exploit Sunderland’s lack of a strong midfield. They have very strong attackers and hence are dangerous on the counter but if we dictate the game enough, they’ll fall into submission. Giroud will need to have a strong game to prevent the possibility of the home team dominating the game.
Sagna – Mertesacker – Koscielny (if fit) – Monreal
Arteta – Wilshere
Walcott – Cazorla – Podolski
The line-up is pretty much our strongest at the moment without injuries.
Koscielny’s availability is the only real doubt which could really affect our performance and possibility of a win. If he isn’t fit, I can’t really stand the possibility of either Squillaci or Miquel filling in. I’d personally prefer shifting Arteta there for the game with Diaby/Coquelin in the midfield. We could however play Sagna as the centre back with Jenkinson filling in at right back.
This is definitely going to be a difficult game for Arsenal. But I think we can nick a 1 – 0 win.
Sunderland vs. Arsenal will be on JustLiveStreaming.com