Arsenal face Sunderland with Black Cats desperate for a point

Sunderland need at least a draw from this game to stay in the Premier League even if Hull City win against Manchester United on Sunday.

Sunderland have all but secured their Premier League status for another season but they need a point from two games to keep things in their own hand.

Hull need to register a win against Louis van Gaal’s side with other results going their way to put Sunderland and Newcastle under pressure, but it seems highly likely.

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However, Dick Advocaat is not taking any risk and is adamant that his side can secure a point from two games to make it second consecutive great escape for Sunderland.

The visitors are sitting 16th in the table with 37 points after 36 games. Arsenal on the other hand, have avoided a UEFA Champions League draw by finishing thirds ahead of Manchester United thanks to an own goal against van Gaal’s team last week.

Arsenal have 71 points from 36 games and would be aiming to pip Manchester City to the second spot when the season ends.

The Gunners need to win both of their remaining games coupled with Manchester City failing to get anything from the game against Southampton at home in their last game of the season, to finish second.

Arsenal players will have FA Cup in their mind as well as they will be aiming to impress their manager to show that they got what it takes to start the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 30.

The hosts have to do so without the services of their first-choice central defender, Lorient Koscielny, who is suffering from flu.

Brazilian defender Gabriel can get a rare start in the heart of defence alongside Per Mertesacker. Chamberlain and Welbeck are also unavailable for the game.

For Sunderland, Wes Brown, Jordi Gomez and Ricky Alvarez and Jack Rodwell, all remain sidelined through injuries.