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

Arsenal start what is a season defining period with a trip to in-form Sunderland on Saturday. Here is team news, likely line-ups and predicted score for the game

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Arsenal start what is a season defining period with a trip to in-form Sunderland on Saturday.

The home side came through a gruelling extra-time victory over Middlesborough on Wednesday night to secure a fifth round FA Cup tie against Arsenal, so we’ll be back to the Stadium of Light next weekend.

Arsenal will be hoping the Black Cats are knackered after the midweek encounter and we could just have a slight edge because of that. Although, Martin O’Neill has never been one for letting his players take their foot off the gas, and he’s a fantastic motivator.

O’Neill has worked absolute wonders so far at Sunderland. They are bang in form and make no mistake, it’s going to be a tough task to take home three points from this one, but Arsene Wenger’s men will be buoyant following last weeks 7-1 win over Blackburn.

Team News

Arsenal welcome back Kieran Gibbs to the squad after a long injury lay-off, and Wenger could give him some game-time ahead of Wednesday’s clash with AC Milan.

If Gibbs does come in, it’s likely Mertesacker will drop to the bench. Sagna should also return after being rested last weekend, so the Gunners could field their first choice back four for the first time in months.

I have the feeling Arsene may rest Chamberlain for this one with one eye on Milan. The boss has stressed the need to be cautious in not over-playing young AOC, so i wouldn’t be surprised to see Rosicky move over to the left with Ramsey coming back into the middle.

There is also rumours that Van Persie may be rested but that would be suicide in my opinion.

Sunderland have loan signings Wayne Bridge and Sotirios Kyrgiakos back in their squad for the game after being ineligible for the midweek cup tie.

Stephane Sessegnon is a slight doubt after picking up a knock against Boro but is likely to start. Matt Killgallon has returned to training but is not yet match fit, and all other injury concerns remain out. So O’Neill is likely to name an unchanged line-up.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

This is a tough one to call. Arsenal come off the back of a morale-boosting 7-1 demolition of Blackburn while Sunderland may be feeling the effects of a tough game in midweek, so the signs suggest Arsenal could sneak this one. I’m hoping for a 2-1 win for Arsenal.

What are your thought for the game? Please leave your opinions in the comments section below…



  1. GunnerBeTough

    February 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I think we’ll stuff the wannabe geordies at the SOLDIRECT ARENA this weekend, possible 1-4. The cup game will be tough after the midweek game, something I dont think Scumderland will need to worry about next season again LOL.

  2. philip

    February 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    The lineup would be good but i hate seeing Ramsey in our Midfield. That guy isn’t doing anything regarding creativity and i know we won Blackburn game coz Ramsey was on the beach. In fact if i was Wenger i would drop Ramsey and bring in Coquelin to play the defensive role with Arteta and then make song the creative midfielder. The rest of the positions are ok though i would prefer the lineup that played Blackburn to remain unchanged. I don’t like to see Ramsey in our starting lineup.

    • Cass

      February 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      I agree Ramsey deserve a rest but 2 hope he break his leg again is cruel and nasty, Ramsey is a good player, he better than Denilson & i know which one i rather have! Very harsh.

  3. Jack

    February 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Arshavin will start saturday(sadly)…The Ox will start against AC Milan and Gervinho will start the F.A Cup game

    Walcott will need a rest soon, so rosicky may start one of the 3 games, wide right

    • philip

      February 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      Arshavin isn’t a bad player, it’s Wenger who is not using him well. I keep asking myself this question, Why can’t wenger give Arshavin the creativity role that Ramsey has coz i believe that’s where Arshavin is suited best ever since he started professional football

  4. Lawal

    February 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Arsenal are going to light stadium to defeat sunderland by 3-1.

  5. benaa

    February 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    the line-up is okay, because we still have the morsle from the 7-1 against Blcbn, i think we will win by 3-1..

    • Dan T

      February 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm


  6. Saula

    February 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    We need the both match @ light stadium mr wenger pls help us and make nigeria fans to happy

  7. segzyfbabie

    February 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I think the match is gonna be a very torf match as arsenal visit to sunderland’s home.

  8. Joel

    February 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I prefer the tim tht played against blacb’ to start.We rily want thz points. I quez 3-1 of arsenal.

  9. Bernice

    February 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Its not good 2 change a winning team coz u end up dropping points. 7-1 isnt enough,we need 2 win more games n may b go 4 champs league…Chelsea isnt doing well at the moment

  10. abulico

    February 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    i jst pray arsenal win all d 3 matches in 7dayz.cos its nt easy

  11. khriezo_gunners

    February 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    wenger must let Aoc and walcott play d same role they wer against blackburn. Rosicky arteta and song in midfield and coquellin at right back and eithr kos/per partner or kos/verm n sagna or verm on left back. But i want 2 see coquellin, koscielny, vermaelen, sagna

  12. Agada so

    February 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I wish gunners all d best in dere upcoming games

  13. ogban

    February 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Any win for Arsenal, even 1/2-0, will make my weekend!

  14. akfortune

    February 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    @philip, u ar right..wenger is to blame for d outform of arshavin. Y not changing d russian to his original pos and see ao tins wuld b.

  15. michael

    February 10, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    we should just play the same team we did against blackburn we played well the best we ever played in this season. plus alex o cam and walcott pace will cause sunderland problems. no ramsey not gd enough.

  16. Ekwe u Emmanuel

    February 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    We are going to win sunderland on thier home 4-1

  17. Davis muzahula

    February 11, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I hope this is going to be one of the lovely and entertaining match with arsenal continuing victory predicted as Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal only that Ramsey has to improve his pass accuracy and on time ball release. “In arsenal we trust”

  18. Daniel kithome

    February 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    we won bcoz Ramsey wasn’t in! he’s useless, to win we need last weekends 1st 11.

  19. Nat fearoo

    September 11, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Wenger need to boost up the players they the best.

  20. Nat fearoo

    September 11, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Gunners for life.

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