Sunderland vs Arsenal Live Stream : Gunners face uncertain visit to Black Cats
Its Sunderland v Arsenal from the Premier League, with the latest live stream, match preview and betting odds from the Stadium of Light (KO 15:00).
Arsenal will hope that their late, late win over Anderlecht in the Champions League midweek can spur them on.
The Gunners have become something of a draw specialist this season, with five of their 8 premier league games ending in a share of the spoils. Last time out they needed another late goal as Danny Welbeck scored to rescue a point at home to Hull.
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While birthday boy Arsene Wenger will be out for the perfect present, a valuable three points, the trip to the North East come not have come at the worst time.
In addition to being without the suspended Jack Wilshere and long term absentees Mesut Ozil (knee), Olivier Giroud (foot) and Mathieu Debuchy (ankle), Arsenal will also face a Sunderland side licking their wounds.
The black cats lost 8-0 to Southampton last weekend and they will be keen to show that defeat was a once off.
Irish International, John O’Shea was part of that defeat, one that manager Gus Poyet called the most embarrassing of his career. Speaking to the Journal, the defender told of the need to get back to winning ways as quick as possible.
“Three points is the biggest thing we need to give everyone – fans, ourselves and the staff,” the former Manchester United star told The Journal. “Ultimately, you have to confine that to a one-off.
“Whatever team we were playing this weekend, we need to see what we had been seeing previously – intensity in our play, putting pressure on teams and stopping them playing.
“Arsenal are a good team, they’ll have spells where they’re going to have the ball, but we need to put them under pressure, particularly when they’ve got a few injuries at the back and a midweek Champions League game.
“Let’s see if we can use that to our advantage.
“In terms of how the season had been going, that result was a big disappointment for the manager.
“Obviously he’s spoken to us and that will remain in-house. But hopefully there’ll be a reaction on Saturday and in the games coming up.”
Sunderland have bolstered their defence midweek with the capture of free agent Anthony Reveillere however Billy Jones (hamstring), Sebastian Coates (thigh), Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) and Ricky Alvarez (knee) all remain sidelined.