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SUNDERLAND VS ARSENAL

Published:Friday | April 22, 2016 | 4:00 AM

SUNDERLAND,

MANNONE,

YEDLIN, KONE, KABOUL, VAN AANHOLT,

KIRCHHOFF,

CATTERMOLE, M'VILA,

BORINI, DEFOE, KHAZRI

WELBECK,

SANCHEZ, OZIL, IWOBI,

COQUELIN, ELNENY,

MONREAL, KOSCIELNY, GABRIEL, BELLERIN,

CECH

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)

This game has become hugely important for both teams. Sunderland, having won 3-0 at relegation rivals Norwich City last Saturday, could move out of the bottom three with a win over Arsenal, whose title aspirations are over and who now face a fight to qualify for the Champions League.

Norwich, in 17th place, and 16th-place Crystal Palace, are without league games this weekend so the incentive for a home win is clear.

Arsenal, who were at home to West Bromwich Albion last night in a rearranged game, have won just one of their last six away matches in the Barclays Premier League, though they have scored 32 goals on the road so far this season, the most in the division.

Indeed, Arsene Wenger's men have played Sunderland twice this season, both at home, winning 3-1 both in the league, in December, and in the FA Cup a month later.

And the Gunners' record at Sunderland in the Premier League is impressive, with seven wins - including their last four visits to the Stadium of Light - and four draws. They last lost in the league at Sunderland in November 2009 and have scored 19 goals in 14 visits, while the Black Cats have never scored more than one goal - and only eight in total - in those 14 games.

Sunderland have a clean bill of health ahead of the game but Arsenal's injury problems continue. They continue to miss several key players, including Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere.