Arsenal vs Sunderland Match Preview
Arsenal could be without Alexis Sanchez for Tuesday’s crucial Premier League clash with Sunderland, live on Sky Sports.
The Chile forward took a kick to the thigh in Saturday’s 4-1 win at Stoke and faces a fitness test ahead of kick-off, despite boss Arsene Wenger admitting he is “so keen” to play.
Wenger’s resurgent side have have won six of their last seven games – including an extra-time victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final – and must see off the relegated Black Cats if they are to take their late bid to finish in the top four to the final day.
Arsenal will monitor top scorer Alexis Sanchez, who suffered a kick to the thigh at Stoke.
Laurent Koscielny could miss out after suffering a recurrence of a calf problem, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains out with a hamstring injury.
Sunderland pair Jason Denayer and Victor Anichebe are doubts with respective thigh and hamstring problems.
George Honeyman is also struggling to shake off a back injury.
- Arsenal have never lost a home Premier League match against Sunderland (W10 D5 L0).
- Sunderland have won just one of their last 26 Premier League fixtures against the Gunners, this coming in a 1-0 win back in November 2009 (W1 D9 L16).
- Olivier Giroud has scored four times in his last four games in all competitions against Sunderland, including twice from the bench with his first two touches in the reverse fixture.
- If Giroud scores, he’ll be the third player to hit 50 goals at the Emirates Stadium in all competitions (after Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott), while the Frenchman is also just two goals short of becoming the 19th player to score 100 goals in all competitions for Arsenal (currently 98).
- David Moyes has lost 15 times to Wenger in the Premier League, his most defeats against a single manager in the competition.
- Indeed, if the Gunners win it will be Wenger’s 20th victory in all competitions against Moyes – more than any other manager he’s faced with Arsenal.
- Arsenal have lost just one of their last 16 Premier League matches at the Emirates Stadium (W12 D3 L1), this coming against Watford (1-2) in January.
- The Gunners haven’t conceded a single goal in their last three Premier League games at home – they haven’t kept four clean sheets in a row at the Emirates Stadium in the competition since February 2014 (five in a row).
- Sunderland have failed to score in 10 of their last 15 Premier League away matches.
- The Black Cats have now failed to score in 19 Premier League games overall this season, more than any other side – they last failed to score in more in a league season in 2002/03 (20 games).
PREDICTED LINE UP
Arsenal FC: Cech,Mustafi,Koscienly, Holding,Monreal,Xhaka, Ramsey, Bellerin,Ozil, Welbeck, Sanchez.
Sunderland: Pickford; Jones, Kone, O’Shea, Manquillo; Larsson, Ndong, Gibson; Borini, Defoe, Khazri.
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Date: 16th May, 2017 and 17th May, 2017 in India
Time: 12:15 a.m. (I.S.T), 7:45 p.m (B.S.T)
TV Channels: Star Sports SELECT HD 2, Sky Sports 1
Stream Watch: www.ronaldo7.net, www.vipbox.me/soccer