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

Arsenal get back to Premier League action as Sunderland visit the Emirates on Saturday. Here’s a preview with team news, likely line-ups and predicted score.

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Arsenal get back to Premier League action as the new 2012/13 season gets underway when Sunderland visit the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

After a seven year barren spell, Gooners will be hoping this is the season we finally pick up a trophy. Some pundits will lead you to believe that the loss of 30-goal striker Robin van Persie will leave us vulnerable to missing out on a top-four finish, but they fail to take into consideration the impact our summer signings will have.

The additions of Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla will leave us stronger overall in my opinion. Would you rather rely on the goals of one man, who lets face it, is more than likely to pick up an injury sometime soon? Or share the load with three more than capable attackers?

I have a good feeling about this season and it all starts today against Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland. As ever, O’Neill’s side is going to be well organised and hard to beat. After a disastrous start under Steve Bruce, O’Neill guided them to a very respectable 13th position and with Larsson they are always dangerous on set pieces. As we found out last season.

Team News

Arsene Wenger confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Laurent Koscielny miss out through injury, while late tests will be given to Santi Cazorla, Alex Song and Theo Walcott. Song is subject to speculation over his future so don’t be surprised if he doesn’t play.

Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker are both available after missing the end of last season through injury, while Thomas Vermaelen will captain the side after taking over from RVP.

Tomas Rosicky, Bacary Sagna, Jack Wilshere, and Emmanuel Frimpong all remain on the sidelines. New signing Lukas Podolski is set to start up front, with Olivier Giroud having to settle for a place on the bench.

New signings Louis Saha and Carlos Cuellar are in line to make there debuts for the Black Cats. Stephane Sessegnon returns after an ankle injury and should start. However, Phil Bardsley, Wes Brown and David Vaughan will all miss out.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

If Wenger goes with the above formation i can see us putting in a good performance against Sunderland. No doubt the new side is going to take some time to gel, but we’ve bought three experienced players and i think they will hit the ground running. Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland.

What do you think the team and score will be? Get involved in the comments section.

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  1. Koech john

    August 18, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I think score prediction wil b 3nil in favour of arsenal

  2. Pst Joseph

    August 18, 2012 at 9:21 am

    2-0 is ok. In favour of arsenal I have dis feeling arsenal is winning something dis yr.

  3. Teedave

    August 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

    D likely line up is gud and d score is 3-1 in favour of arsenal hope wenger get sahin nd 1 more signing posibly a defender

  4. antony

    August 18, 2012 at 9:41 am

    3-0 in favour of the gunners,hv the feeling the boys will perform well even without RVP

  5. Gabriel

    August 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Arsenal 3 sunderland 2

  6. john kiarie

    August 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

    3 -1 in favour of arsenal

  7. John Saffa JR.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I hope arsenal will defeat sunderland by 5-0 in favour of the gunners with podolski scoring 3, Good luck.

  8. wisdom treasure

    August 18, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I believe the score will be arsenal 3-1 sunderland. Diaby will make great impact in today’s game.

  9. Issadin-kishky al mansoor

    August 18, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Its an immense pleasure and prestigeous pride for us seeing our super summer signings, and i think today we will beat them by 4-0.

  10. Isaac

    August 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Gr8t guns,al i nid 4rm my bluv arsenal z 3point.cheers

  11. Teedave

    August 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

    D likely line up is gud nd i predict 3-1 in favour of gunners, nd hope wenger get sahin and a defender den a defensive midfielder up arsenal up gunners

  12. fred

    August 18, 2012 at 10:14 am

    on the right hand defence, i prefer conqueline to jenkison. otherwise i see arsernal having a better start with a comfortable win probably 3-0

  13. bonie

    August 18, 2012 at 10:26 am

    arsenal 4-0 sunderlnd

  14. Abdul

    August 18, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Arsenal will with 3goals arteta podolisk and carzola ihope we will win as far as iam afans of the gunners

  15. Temitayo

    August 18, 2012 at 10:34 am

    4 – 1 in favour of Arsenal, i belive the guys re well confident. Up gunners

  16. heniorla

    August 18, 2012 at 10:55 am

    3-0 in favour of arsenal.wenger pls do the right tin @ d right time,we need defender & 1 dm.GOD help us.

  17. ForeQue

    August 18, 2012 at 11:02 am

    its possible sunderland taking a point here… 2:2 FT

  18. Alh Nafiu

    August 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I hope arsenal will defeat sunderland with 5nill.

  19. taiwo101

    August 18, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Here we go again,arsenal fans….we dnt hav d squad yet to compete in all competitions.I hop u guys remember sunderland sent us out of d FA cup last season,but to be on d positive,arsenal 4-sunderland 0,gud luck.

  20. isaac chimunthu

    August 18, 2012 at 11:18 am

    4-0 to the gooners.once a gooner always goooner

    • jolontiti

      August 18, 2012 at 11:52 am

      9 nil in favour of sunderland

  21. Kizza james uganda

    August 18, 2012 at 11:29 am

    3 nil in favour ov arsenal. Hope sahin arrives as song leaves

  22. Mr M.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:33 am

    3-1 Arsenal


    • michaelgooner

      August 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      thats a proper formation
      but wenger says giroud is not tuned yet for the BPL despite being strong at 6″4 with a prowess for goal
      he may just be a sub though

      4-1 to arsenal

  23. shakur

    August 18, 2012 at 11:41 am

    success for the gunners 4 live

  24. Joshua Obodai

    August 18, 2012 at 11:48 am

    5-0 to the gonnors

  25. snowy

    August 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm






  26. Apiku

    August 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    4 nil in favour of arsenal. Lets begin d season well n we wil win somtin

  27. Maurice G Kasambala

    August 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    No doubt we are going 2 beat Sundland 3-0

  28. Odoki felix 1 uganda

    August 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I am one of Arsenal fan ,i think it will be 3-1 in favour of Arsenal though we look disorganised.

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