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Sunderland vs Arsenal – Match Preview

The quest for Sunderland’s first win of the season continues this lunchtime as an in form Arsenal travel to The Stadium of Light. The Premier League table cuts a sorry sight for David Moyes as his team sit bottom of the table having only picked up two points.

It was very nearly three but for Winston Reid’s agonising 94th minute winner at The London Stadium last Saturday, it just goes to show that when your luck is out your luck is out. Then again the Premier League table doesn’t lie and Sunderland are bottom for a reason and that reason is a severe lack of quality.

Their woes continued in midweek as they were knocked out by Southampton in the EFL Cup with David Moyes getting sent to the stands for abusive language, the Scot now faces a misconduct charge from the F.A. with their being every chance that he will have to face a touchline ban.

To round off the week Sunderland now have to welcome Arsene Wenger’s men to The Stadium of Light with their being every chance that Arsenal will reach the summit of the league for at least a couple of hours with even a point being enough for that achievement

There’s a cigarette paper splitting the top 3 with only goal difference currently keeping The Gunners from taking top spot, they will look to a missed opportunity last Saturday when they were held to a stalemate at The Emirates by Sunderland’s local rivals Middlesbrough.

After the form that Arsenal have been in as of late then they have to look at that result as two points dropped, a draw that also sees their run of 6 straight wins in the league come to an end. The fact that only 1 point separates the top 5 shows that the points can’t afford to be dropped even at this early stage of the campaign.

Arsenal fared better in midweek as they eased past Reading in the EFL Cup to progress to the quarter finals. It was an Arsenal side that saw 9 changes from the draw against Middlesbrough and with Alex Oxlade Chamberlain scoring a brace he’ll be looking for inclusion from the start.

Wenger would have been dealt some unfortunate news with the fact that Lucas Perez is set to be out for 4 to 6 weeks with an injury but in all fairness it’s not as if he has played an integral role in Arsenal’s form as of late so it wll pretty much be as you are for The Gunners.

And it will probably be as you are for Sunderland as well and that will mean defeat, the only thing that may work in their favour is the fact that it’s a lunchtime kickoff and it may catch Arsenal cold but then again I think we’re clutching at straws. I can’t see anything else than an Arsenal win and they go top for at least two hours. Away win for me.

 

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