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Giroud marks his return with brace in win over Sunderland 0

Posted on October 30, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored twice as the Gunners earned a 4-1 win away to relegation-threatened Sunderland on Saturday afternoon, marking his return from injury in dream fashion. The French international has been sidelined for a number of weeks but came off the bench to give Arsenal some daylight.

Alexis Sanchez has been leading the line in his absence but Giroud’s two goals from two touches at the Stadium of Light this weekend might give manager Arsene Wenger a selection headache in the coming weeks. “The first two balls Giroud touched were goals, and that shows you when you have quality on the bench, it’s easy to make good decisions. With Giroud back, overall I think we are in a good position,” said Wenger.

Arsenal record comfortable win at Sunderland 0

Posted on October 29, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League table with a 4-1 win at Sunderland, as Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez grabbed a brace apiece.

Sunderland suffered an early scare as young ‘keeper Jordan Pickford dwelled on the ball and smashed a clearance against Alexis Sanchez’s arm.

The first real attempt on goal came on 13 minutes. Alexis Sanchez found Mesut Ozil’s run with a superb through-ball, but Pickford got down low to save the German’s curled effort.

Arsenal 2/5 to win against Sunderland 0

Posted on October 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Premier League title-chasers Arsenal travel to face relegation-threatened Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon, in a game being billed as a foregone conclusion given the contrasting form of the two sides. Arsenal are looking formidable of late while Sunderland can’t buy a point, and this weekend’s clash is likely to go the way of the visitors as a result.

Sunderland have endured an appalling start to the Premier League season, currently sitting rock bottom in the table with just two points to their name in nine games. The Black Cats have suffered five defeats from their last six in the division, and have failed to score in their previous three in all competitions. And with Sunderland having failed to beat Arsenal in the league since 2009, Arsene Wenger’s men should come out on top.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in line to start against Sunderland 0

Posted on October 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks set to return to the starting eleven for Saturday lunchtime’s trip to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland in the Premier League, with Theo Walcott a doubt for the meeting. There were reports Oxlade-Chamberlain could have been replacing Alex Iwobi from the side, but with Walcott struggling with illness and a hamstring injury, manager Arsene Wenger is likely to let him rest for Tuesday’s Champions League clash.

Can Arsenal keep a fourth consecutive clean sheet this weekend? 0

Posted on October 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s defensive record has been outstanding in recent weeks ahead of a trip to the Stadium of Light to face the most impotent side in the Premier League – Sunderland. Arsene Wenger’s men look in the driving seat to continue their clean sheet streak in all competitions on Saturday afternoon with Sunderland the lowest scorers in the division this season, so can they deliver?

Arsenal have shored things at the back after going four games without a clean sheet earlier in the season, shutting out seven of their next eight opponents in all competitions. Centre-backs Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi have been credited for the Gunners’ impressive defensive record of late, with a clear understanding and blossoming partnership forming on the pitch between the two.

Arsenal dominate Sunderland in Premier League head-to-heads since 2010 0

Posted on October 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal and Sunderland lock horns at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League this weekend, in a game that has been one-sided in recent years. Arsenal haven’t lost to the Black Cats in the league since 2009 and have picked up four wins at the Stadium of Light since then. Arsenal are 2/5 to win against Sunderland on Saturday as a result, but how have results between the two sides gone in recent years?

Arsenal “have to find a solution” without Cazorla in the side 0

Posted on October 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is likely to miss out of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Sunderland, and manager Arsene Wenger has called on his side to prove they aren’t wholly reliant on the Spaniard. Arsenal were fortunate to come away with a goalless draw in their last league game against Middlesbrough and Wenger admitted the Gunners lose a lot in midfield without Cazorla on the pitch.

Theo Walcott touch and go ahead of Saturday’s Sunderland clash 0

Posted on October 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is unsure if winger Theo Walcott will feature against Sunderland on Saturday afternoon as he’s suffering from a hamstring problem, while only just recovering from illness. The English international missed Tuesday’s EFL Cup win against Reading and may not return for Arsenal until their Champions League clash in four games.

“We have a few uncertainties over Walcott. He is not ill. There is a slight hamstring alert, a very minor one. He will have a test. He should be OK for Tuesday (Champions League against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad). If it’s not tomorrow (against Sunderland), it’s OK for Tuesday,” said the Arsenal boss.

Sunderland v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on October 28, 2016 by David Nugent

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.

Aaron Ramsey back in full training for Arsenal 0

Posted on October 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is back in full training after recovering from a hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for a number of weeks. The Welsh international won’t feature against Reading in tonight’s EFL Cup last-16 clash, but the industrious player could make the squad for Saturday’s trip to face Sunderland.

The Gunners have been short on central midfield options with Santi Cazorla picking up an injury, while Granit Xhaka is suspended so Ramsey’s return comes at a good time. Arsenal didn’t have a recognised central midfielder on the bench in Saturday’s goalless draw against Middlesbrough, and having to play both Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny in deep-lying roles meant Arsenal lacked creativity.



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