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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  • Angelo

    F.cking animal referees. That’s why we never win anything. They always do a favour to C.ntchester United. No penalty, offside when it wasn’t. I hope all of thems die from cancer. 😳

  • M.E.

    We lost 2 pts and gained 1 pt.
    Linesmen needed glasses

    Hope Liverpool shall do us a flavour and beat Man Utd next.

  • SuperRob7

    Its not as if we’re asking for much. Just the correct decisions to be given.

    It seriously feels as though there isn’t really any point in appealing for decisions any more because they’re probably going to go against us regardless. Just a fair playing field isn’t too much to ask from professional referees, is it?

    especially as manure get so much in their favour as you rightly say.

    I think if we had an english manager and more english players things might start going our way with the nationalists that are referees.

  • ole

    This was terrible today. Yesterday I put 1000 pounds on Arsenal to loose to Braca and utd and finish 4th just ahead of Spuds, and I will laugh all the way to bank come mai;) Money is more importatnt than Arsenal, at least for the arsenal players.

  • SuperRob7

    If you want to throw money away then can I suggest betting on Spurs to still be in business in 3 years time.

  • Bigsyisback

    tut tut tut ..not a nice comment, the standard of refereeing is nothing short of diabolical, I have not seen the game as of yet but will sit down and watch it closely, sky sports gave the impression Arsenal just cannot score and will look to the ref as an excuse but I want to see it myself before commenting.