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Arsenal welcome Sunderland to the Emirates Stadium this weekend, desperate to embark on a winning run after a disappointing start to the season.

The Gunners sit in a lowly 15th place with just seven points from seven games, suffering a 2-1 derby defeat at Tottenham last time out.

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Most Arsenal fans would admit that being 12 points off the lead in October is way, way short of where they expect to be but Sunderland (h) represents a good opportunity to bag three points.

The Black Cats – is that really still their nickname?! – have had an even worse start to 2011/12 and boss Steve Bruce is already under severe pressure.

Some bookmakers have him as favourite to be the next manager out of the door this season and his team were simply awful a couple of weeks ago in the 2-1 defeat at Norwich.

It looked like going from bad to worse when West Brom took an early two-goal lead at the Stadium of Light in their last fixture before the international break but to be fair, Sunderland showed some fight to claw their way back to a 2-2 draw.

Arsenal – even though they are clearly out-of-sorts – are a different proposition, however, and the visitors will have their work cut out this Sunday.

In team news, summer signing Connor Wickham is expected to be fit again after a groin strain but fellow striker Frazier Campbell is a long-term absentee.

The Gunners have had plenty of injury woes already this season and they will again be without Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen, Jack Wilshere, Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci – all key members of the squad.

But with the action getting underway at 13:30 this Sunday, the hosts should still have too much firepower for a Sunderland side that tends to leak a few goals. Home win.


Pete South

Pete is a creature of the night, regularly crawling the internet for snippets of any football news info. He's also a Tottenaham fan.

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