Arsenal v Sunderland – Match Facts

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Team news and match stats ahead of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium.

TEAM NEWS

Arsenal will be without Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song for the Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium.

Fabregas (hamstring) and Song (knee) are also doubts for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Barcelona.

Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny return to the squad, but Robin van Persie (knee), Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) and Theo Walcott (ankle) are out.

Danny Welbeck could return to the Sunderland squad his recovery from the knee injury which has sidelined him since January 5 and is likely to be included provided he suffers no reaction to resuming full training.

Welbeck and Fraizer Campbell (knee) are expected to play in a behind-closed doors friendly against West Ham next Tuesday, while defender Michael Turner (also knee) and Lee Cattermole (back) are building up fitness. However, keeper Craig Gordon is to visit a specialist in Sweden next week over his niggling knee injury, while Bolo Zenden and Nedum Onuoha (both calf) are likely to miss out and David Meyler (knee) is yet to return to full training.

MATCH FACTS

Injured Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has scored 10 goals in his last seven Premier League appearances.

Sunderland have only won six of 51 Premier League away games in London.

Arsenal have scored 11 goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season, more than any other team.

Arsenal have kept six clean sheets in their last eight Premier League games.

There have been five red cards in the last nine Premier League games involving the Gunners.

Sunderland have lost their last four Premier League matches in a row.

Cesc Fabregas has scored in four of his last six Premier League appearances against Sunderland.

There have only been eight goals scored in the last six Premier League meetings between Sunderland and Arsenal.

The Black Cats have lost seven and won none of the nine away Premier league games against the Gunners.

Arsenal have won only four of their 12 Premier League games against teams in the top half this season, while Sunderland have won four out of 14.

ODDS

Arsenal 4/9, Draw 10/3, Sunderland 13/2

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