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Sunderland will be out to confirm their status as a Premier League club for next season when they travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal, with 888sport boosting the price on the Gunners from 1/3 to evens.

The Black Cats have picked up 8 points from a possible 12 to move out of the bottom three and up to 16th in recent weeks and they need just one more point to guarantee survival.

Sadly for the North Eastern club their last two games are both happen and against top tier sides with the game against Arsenal set to be followed by a clash at the home of the Champions, Chelsea.

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The club will be without some key men for the game with Billy Jones the latest to join a growing list. Jones suffered a muscle injury in the draw with Leicester and joins Wes Brown, Jordi Gomez and Ricky Alvarez (all knee) and Jack Rodwell (hamstring) in missing out.

Despite being without so many players, Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat is confident heading to London.

“Normally, if you have 37 points, you’re safe. But we will go on until the end and we have to do what we have to do to get that point.

“The other teams have to do what they have to do too, and win their games.

“We will stay up, I have no doubts about that.”

While Sunderland are chasing points, Arsenal also have a lot to play for. The club are in the mix for second spot however with fourth place Manchester United breathing down their neck they will also need to confirm third spot and the confirmed Champions league place it brings.

The Gunners have lost to Swansea at home and drawn away to United in their last two games and will head into the game without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mathieu Debuchy with Danny Welbeck also a doubt with a knee injury.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.