Arsenal will lock horns with Sunderland on Saturday, 5th December 2015, at the Emirates Stadium looking to bounce back from their 1-1 draw against Norwich City over the last weekend.
The Gunners are playing home to quest for a win because they have had a poor run of results in the month of November thus just two points out of possible nine. The recent poor results has dismantled Arsenal from top of the table to fourth place and they are in desperate need of all three points on Saturday.
Sunderland are brimming with two conservative wins into this game to help keep their impressive form alive.
Arsenal vs Sunderland : Head to head
Since 2012, these two sides have met for six times and Arsenal have been dominating in these six outings over Sunderland bagging four wins and two draws.
The last time Sunderland had a goal against Arsenal was in 2013 when they lost 3-1 to the Gunners.
Big Sam has never secured a win over Arsenal since 2010 when his Blackburn side won 2-1 against the Gunners.
Arsenal : League Form Guide
The North London side are lying fourth on the league log with 27 points, just two points gab to leaders Man City.
The Gunners have recorded two wins, two draws and a lost in their last five league games with over 1.5 score-line.
Sunderland : League Form Guide
Sunderland are just two points above the relegation zone with 12 points and a win in this game will see them on a better position.
The Black Cats have seen three wins and two lost in their last five games with under 2.5 score-line.
Arsenal : Team news
Arsenal are still battling with injury and after the Norwich game they had Coquelin, Alexis Sanhez and Cazorla joined Danny Welbeck (knee), Jack Wilshere (ankle), Tomas Rosicky (knee), Kieran Gibbs (calf), Theo Walcott (calf) and Mikel Arteta (calf) on the list.
Despite Arsenal’s injury woes, they will still keep to their style of play with quick short passes specially in the midfield.
Sunderland : Team News
Sebastian Larsson is in undergoing treatment in Barcelona and Jack Rodwell will also miss the game.
Sunderland top scorer Jamain Defoe who has netted seven goals in all competitions this season is also in the treatment room.
Sunderland will relay on Cattermole and M’vila to break the Gunners sharp midfield.
Arsenal : Predicted Line-up
Sunderland : Predicted Line-up
With how poised the Gunner are, they cannot afford to lose this match. Dropping points here will be a big blow to the as this will drop Arsenal further down in the league log and that will also blow their confidence down ahead of the crucial Champions League showdown at Olympiakos.
On Saturday, Arsenal are up against a Sunderland team who hasn’t won in six encounters against them. And their head coach Sam Allardyce has a terrible record against Arsene Wenger.
Amidst the injury problems, I am of high belief that Arsene Wenger’s side will show dominance to win this game by 3-1.