It’s time for yet another trip down memory lane, and it’s a mixed one for Arsenal fans to digest. Twelve months ago today, the Gunners ensured that the race for a spot in the top four would come down to the final game of the season after they defeated Sunderland 2-0. While that, in itself, sounds like a good thing, all Arsenal fans will remember is their eventual feeling of dread when they realised they wouldn’t be competing in the UEFA Champions League after the aforementioned final game had been and gone.
It’s time to take another trip down memory lane as we look at an Arsenal game from two years ago today. At the time, the Gunners were still in with an outside chance of winning their first Premier League in well over a decade, but it would’ve taken a mathematical miracle. They were playing on the same day as eventual champions Leicester City, which proved to show the stark contrast between the two sides when it came to who wanted it more.
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil impressed in Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over already-relegated Sunderland, creating more chances, being fouled the most times, making more touches and whipping in more crosses than any of his teammates. The former Real Madrid man has come in for a lot of criticism for his inconsistent form this season but showed he’s still fight for Arsenal’s top-four hopes in the run-in.
Mesut Ozil game by numbers vs. Sunderland:
100% take-ons completed
90% pass acc
12 chances created
1 assist pic.twitter.com/n6gzvbUzzy
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) 16 May 2017
Alexis Sanchez scored a brace for Arsenal as the Gunners defeated relegation Sunderland 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Gunners had the first attempt on goal after just three minutes, as Alexis Sanchez fired an effort well over the bar from long-range. Arsenal looked to have taken the lead on eight minutes.
Sanchez’s effort on goal deflected off Olivier Giroud’s arm and found the bottom corner of Jordan Pickford’s net. However, the referee spotted the infringement and disallowed the effort.
Arsenal host already-relegated Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League this evening, and are big favourites to make light work of the struggling Black Cats to keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive. The Gunners have been in fine form at the end of the season and could find themselves in a Champions League place if results go their way on the night.
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side find themselves fifth in the Premier League table with 69 points from 36 games this season, winning five of their last six outings. The Gunners are three points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City who face West Bromwich Albion this evening, and whom they could overtake if they win convincingly against Sunderland and City lost heavily – a six-goal turnaround is also needed.
Arsenal have a number of injury doubts ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash with Sunderland, with three first-team players potentially out of action for the Gunners’ visit of the Black Cats. Arsenal are 1/11 to win against Sunderland in tonight’s Premier League clash.
Defender Kieran Gibbs missed Saturday’s 4-1 win over Stoke City through injury but should return to the first-team squad this evening. Manager Arsene Wenger said: “I left Gibbs behind on Saturday but he is available again.”
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscienly has been struggling with injury for quite some time now and the French international has moved on to reveal the true extent of his Achilles problem.
Koscielny was diagnosed with chronic tendinitis in both feet during an international break in 2014 by the French Football Federation and the 31-year-old has indeed suffered a couple of Achilles problems since although he did feature regularly for the good part of the past three years.
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.
The much talked-about future of Arsenal star man Alexis Sanchez has been given a major update at the beginning of the week as reports emerge that the Chilean striker has agreed on a move away from the Emirates.
With just over a year remaining in his current deal with the Gunners and a season to forget for his club, Alexis Sanchez has been stalling on a new contract with Arsenal and it is becoming increasingly likely that Sanchez will leave Arsenal at the end of the season.
North London club are believed to be one of the top sides currently monitoring Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
The England U-21 shot stopper has emerged as one of the rare bright spots in David Moyes’ hugely underperforming side and the Black Cats only have young goalkeeper’s heroics to thank for when it comes to a number of conceded goals.
Sunderland shipped in the total of 56 Premier League goals thus far, but the number would have been significantly higher had it not been for Jordan Pickford.