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Arsenal v Sunderland Premier League Preview

Posted on May 15, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal host bottom of the table Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League, in a game the Gunners simply have to win in order to keep alive their Champions League hopes.

The situation is now simple for the north London side, they have to win their two remaining games and hope Liverpool or Manchester City slip-up in their games.

Liverpool now have a four-point lead on the Gunners, but Arsene Wenger’s team have a game in hand on the Reds. City are three points ahead of Arsenal having played the same amount of games. Both the Gunners rivals have favourable games.

Arsenal have hit form late in the season, winning five of their last six games in the Premier League. The Gunners have also scored two or more goals in their last three outings in the English top-flight.

Arsene Wenger’s team have a good home record in the Premier League, winning four of their last five league games on home soil, having suffered just two home defeats in the league all season.

Rock-bottom Sunderland arrive in north London in poor spirits following a 2-0 defeat at home against Swansea. The Black Cats are already relegated to the Championship following a poor campaign in top-flight.

David Moyes’ side have suffered nine defeats in their last 12 Premier League outings, while also winning just once in that run of games. A big problem for Sunderland has been scoring goals and the north east side have failed to score in 10 of their last 12 games in the top-flight.

As is expected from a struggling team their away record in the Premier League is also poor. The Black Cats have lost nine of their last 11 games on their travels in top-flight, while recording wins in the other two games.

Team News

Arsenal are without midfielder’s Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez both face late fitness tests.

Sunderland have a number of players absence through injury, including Paddy McNair, Jan Kirchhoff, Duncan Watmore and Bryan Oviedo. Lee Cattermole, Steven Pienaar, Victor Anichebe and Jason Denayer are also doubts for the trip to the capital.

Betting News

Arsenal are heavy favourites heading into this clash at odds of 1/9, while the draw is odds of 10/1 and Sunderland are odds of 25/1 to pull off a shock victory at the Emirates.

This game is vital for Arsenal and they face a side already relegated, low on quality and should record a comfortable victory.

Will Arsenal record a comfortable win over Sunderland?

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