Sunderland v Arsenal [Team Sheets]
Sunderland: Mannone, Yedlin, van Aanholt, Kaboul, Kone, Kirchhoff, M’Vila, Cattermole, Borini, Khazri, Defoe.
Subs: Pickford, Jones, Larsson, Rodwell, N’Doye, O’Shea, Watmore.
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny, Ramsey, Iwobi, Alexis, Giroud.
Subs: Ospina, Gabriel, Coquelin, Wilshere, Campbell, Walcott, Welbeck.
A massive game awaits at the Stadium of Light, as both Sunderland and Arsenal have plenty of pressure heading into the final rounds of the season.
The Black Cats are fighting for their Premier League survival, while Arsenal have gone from being in the title race, to hanging onto fourth spot by their fingernails.
Manchester City’s 4-0 win over Stoke on Saturday means Arsenal are fourth again, but they can leapfrog Manuel Pellegrini’s team and go within two points of second place Spurs with a victory at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland have had eight days to prepare for this match whilst Arsenal played and beat West Brom convincingly 2-0 on Thursday evening.
With Manchester United on their tails and a tricky trip to Manchester City still to negotiate, it is imperative for Arsenal that they bag three points at Sunderland.
Alexis Sanchez saw off Sunderland almost single handedly on Thursday and the Chilean is in fine form, plus has a good goal scoring record against the relegation threatened side.
Mesut Ozil is not having such a good time of things right now and the German playmaker looked tired against the Baggies and is without an assist in seven matches.
This is traditionally the time when Sunderland hit form and race out the relegation picture, whilst Arsenal always secure a top four spot.
So, a draw seems the most likely today but it won’t be a game for the faint hearted!