Arsenal have the chance to move temporarily top of the Premier League, as the Gunners face struggling Sunderland on Saturday lunchtime.
Sunderland are enduring a nightmare campaign in the top-flight this season. The Black Cats have claimed just two points in the top-flight this season, suffering seven defeats and failing to win any of their games in the Premier League. The Black Cats have lost five of their last six games in the top-flight.
David Moyes side have scored the lowest amount of goals in the top-flight, with just six goals scored in their nine top-flight outings this season. Unsurprisingly, the north-east side’s home record of late has not been great, as the Black Cats have won just two of their last ten home games in the league.
Arsenal are currently only trailing league leaders Manchester City on goal difference. Avoiding defeat will send Arsene Wenger’s side to the top of the table, temporarily anyway, with City playing at West Brom on Saturday afternoon.
The Gunners form has been good of late, as Wenger’s side unbeaten in their last 13 games in all competitions. In that run of games the side from north London have picked up an impressive ten wins.
Arsenal failed to defeat Premier League new boys Middlesbrough last time out in the top-flight, as Boro came to the Emirates and left with a 0-0 draw. However, normal service was resumed in the Gunners 2-0 midweek win over Reading in the EFL Cup fourth round.
The visitors have been impressive on their travels of late, winning their last three away games in the top-flight. Wenger’s side also have a decent record against Sunderland in recent games, having gone nine games unbeaten against the north-east side.
The home side have a long injury list are once again expected to be without Vito Mannone, Jan Kirchhoff, Sebastian Larsson, Fabio Borini, Adnan Januzaj, Lee Cattermole and Jason Denayer. David Moyes is likely to recall Jermain Defoe, Javier Manquillo and John O’Shea, who were all rested for the EFL Cup defeat against Southampton.
Arsenal have a number of injury problems heading into this clash. Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck are joined on the sidelines through injury by Lucas Perez. Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott are also doubts for the visitors. However, Aaron Ramsey is deemed fit enough to feature for the Gunners.
Arsenal are favourites to win this clash at odds of 2/5, the draw is odds of 4/1, while the home side are odds of 8/1 to claim an unexpected win.
This looks like a relatively comfortable game for the Gunners. The home side have been dire this season and the Gunners should record a victory in this one.
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