Sunderland vs Arsenal Preview: Team News, Likely Line-Ups & Predicted Score

By on September 13, 2013

Stadium of Light

Arsenal get back to Premier League action as the take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners went into the international break in high spirits following a 1-0 victory over north London rivals Tottenham which came after an impressive 3-1 away win over Fulham, so they should be going into the weekends action full of confidence.

The Arsenal camp has been further boosted by the arrival of German super-star Mesut Ozil following his £42.5m arrival from Real Madrid on deadline day. The playmaker was expected to make his debut this weekend but he may have to wait after being struck down with illness on Friday.

Arsenal won this fixture 1-0 last season despite being reduced to 10-men early in the second half following the dismissal of Carl Jenkinson, and Arsene Wenger will hope for another resolute performance this time around.

Wenger has little option but to stick with the majority of the side that beat Spurs, although I’m sure he’d have hoped to rotate a little bit with Wednesday’s trip to Marseille in mind.

Sunderland are sitting joint bottom of the Premier League and lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace last time out so boss Paolo Di Canio will demand a response against the Gunners.

Team News

Mesut Ozil is expected to start from the bench having missed training on Friday through illness. Defender Per Mertesacker is definitely out with his own bout of illness so Bacary Sagna is expected to play in the middle with Carl Jenkinson at right-back.

Captain Thomas Vermaelen has travelled with the squad but isn’t 100% fit yet, and Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott will both start despite picking up knocks while away with England.

Tomas Rosicky is out after picking up a thigh injury in midweek so Mathieu Flamini could come in to midfield having impressed during his second half appearance against Spurs.

Striker Yaya Sanogo is out with a back injury and he joins Mikel Arteta, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby on the sidelines.

Sunderland are likely to hand Fabio Borini his debut after his signing from Liverpool on deadline day. The Italian could partner Steven Fletcher in attack after the striker came off the bench to score at Palace.

Jack Colback is expected to retain his place despite the arrival of Andrea Dossena, but John O’Shea is missing after being sent off last time out.

Likely Line-Ups

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Predicted Score

Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal: Despite Arsenal injury worries, they should have too much for a struggling Sunderland to deal with.

What would be your preferred line-up for the game and what’s your score prediction? Share your views below.

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16 Comments

  1. Uzoma timothy

    September 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Ozil’s situation is not worrying because for me, i am not of opinion that ozil starts his arsenal carear away from home..it will be superb if makes his debut at the emirates

  2. akinluyi victor

    September 13, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Ozil must be at bench till secong half

  3. Alaya kazeem olanrewaju

    September 13, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    i want arsenal wenger to rest ozil bcos we ar still playing champion league on wednesday

  4. JAYEOLA OLUWATOYIN

    September 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I’D ADVICE LE PROF. TO START OZIL AT D 46TH MINUTE AT THE STADIUM OF LYT.

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  6. george

    September 13, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Mesut ozil should start second half of the game

  7. David kyle

    September 13, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I want mesut ozil to start at 2nd half,cuz we ar aving a champions leaque n wednesday…xo,we should allow ozil rest alot 4 d upcoming qame n wednesday!

  8. Sherif peter

    September 14, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Mesut Ozîl should b allowed to show himself on d pitch for arsenal so as to scäre other teams in d EPL nd ECLl

  9. Smort

    September 14, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Vermalean should not be rushed! Sagna should play CB with Koscielny.

  10. Arsenal fan

    September 14, 2013 at 7:32 am

    would the score high chance be Arsenal-Sunderland 1-0 or Arsenal-Sunderland 2-0

  11. kayode d gunner

    September 14, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Ozil should be allowed to play the match, but start from the bench so as to gain match fitness and sharpness ahead wednesday champions league match against marsaille

  12. Obalowu

    September 14, 2013 at 7:53 am

    I just need points at stadium of light

  13. vineet true gooner

    September 14, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Atlast wilshere gonna be right in the centre of arsenal’s attacking mid. He has been playing in the defensive midfield for a while. It’s nice to see him infront.

  14. steve mnara

    September 14, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    ozziiiiiiiiiiiiiullllll

  15. sunday

    September 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    wat I want is point from arsenal..

  16. sunday

    September 14, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    wat I want is point from arsenal.. never l

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