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Injury plagued Arsenal look back to bounce back from the winless streak against the rejuvenated Black cats – Arsenal v/s Sunderland Preview


Arsenal will look to grab 3 valuable points at the Emirates. (Photo Courtesy:

Arsenal host Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland at Emirates on Saturday, after a frustrating draw against Norwich on last outing. The injury stricken Arsenal Side will be without many first team regulars in a must win match. In the other phase, Sunderland comes into this fixture from two consecutive wins, thanks to the ‘Big Sam’s idea of resilience. Arsenal stands fourth in the table, while Sunderland lingers seventeenth, just above relegation line.

The injury list of Arsenal has further widened after the clash against Canaries as Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez, both injured, and the former could be out of action for at least 3 months. Another cluster of first team regulars including Wilshere, Welbeck and Coquelin are long way from making a comeback. Though, the misfortune persists, a small reprieve for Arsene Wenger could be that Walcott and Kosceilny are all set to be back in action.

Meanwhile Sunderland has a regular starting line-up, except Defoe and Larsson, where John O’Shea captains the rejuvenated ‘Defensive’ Sunderland.

The equivalent fixture last season saw Arsenal winning at the Stadium of light, before a boring stalemate at the Emirates. Despite being just above the relegation panic, Sunderland has been revealed a new path by Sam Allardyce. They will take heart and spirit from their morale-boosting wins in the last two games, whereas Arsenal has a point to prove after just two premier league points in last three games.

The defensive structure employed by Sam Allardyce has worked impressively for Sunderland. Except for their 6-2 mauling by Newcastle, they have only managed to concede only one goal in five games. But it will take them more than that to not concede at Emirates, as Arsenal will implement their vigorously attacking style to overshadow a dismal stats which shows they have drawn goalless four times in their last seven premier league games at Emirates.

As it is evident that Sunderland needs to be in top of their form to get a point, if not a win, but they are presently playing in the defensive perspective, which the exuberant Arsenal always find difficult to cope with. Knowing this Sam Allardyce told in Press conference, that it is what exactly they need to hold off Arsenal.

“If we can play our very best game, then those weaknesses may be able to be exploited. Our best form will be needed, if Arsenal weaker without those players”

But Arsene was open about the crisis he was entangled with and spoke of hopeful spirit that should save them during the injury stricken period.

“I believe first of all it’s always a disappointment to lose the players at an important moment of the season. But on the other hand, it’s a great challenge to take for the team and a great opportunity to show that we are ready for a fight and we can deal with it.”


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