The Gunners stay in contention for a UEFA Champions League spot but are points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, while Everton also stand in the way of their European hopes ahead of the weekend’s action.Arsenal will look to bolster their hopes of a top-four finish when they travel to Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday.The North Londoners saw off Stoke at Emirates Stadium last time out as Lukas Podolski’s 78th-minute free-kick bagged his side the points.Arsene Wenger’s men could leapfrog the Toffees, who sit point ahead, with a win on Wearside and will be keen to continue their four-game unbeaten streak in all competitions.Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny faces a fitness check on his calf injury ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Sunderland, but captain Thomas Vermaelen (ankle) has been ruled out.Ivory Coast forward Gervinho is back from the African Nations Cup, but is not yet expected to feature. Left-back Kieran Gibbs remains out with a thigh issue.
However, they were beaten by the Black Felines at the Stadium of Light last season when they triumphed 2-0 in the FA Cup.Arsenal boast an impressive record against Sunderland, having won ten and lost of their last 18 Premier League meetings with the North-East club.Martin O’Neill’s side will be hoping for a repeat of that performance after frustrating the Gunners to a goalless draw at the Emirates on the opening day of the current campaign.Sunderland, who have struggled to find consistent form this season, are currently 12th in the table after seeing a three-game unbeaten streak ended last weekend when they lost 2-1 at Reading.Sunderland winger James McClean is very definitely out of tomorrow’s game with Arsenal.The 23-year-old, who has not started the last games, injured his ankle on Republic of Ireland duty in midweek & is unlikely to make the game.Gunners midfielders Aaron Ramsey (calf) & Francis Coquelin (hamstring) ought to be available, along with England forward Theo Walcott (foot).Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger admits Jack Wilshere could be in danger of burnout.
Sunderland vs Arsenal Live Match 2013
Barclays Premier League 2013
Date: 09 February 2013 | 09-02-2013
Venue:Stadium of Light
- Sunderland’s only win in their last 18 league meetings with Arsenal came at the Stadium of Light in November 2009 when Darren Bent scored the decisive goal.
- The Black Cats have only scored two first-half goals in the 23 Premier League meetings between the clubs and have never been ahead at the interval.
- The reverse fixture on the opening day of the season ended goalless. Arsenal had 23 shots (including blocked shots) without scoring, their most attempts without a goal in a Premier League game since April 2007 against West Ham.
- Arsene Wenger has lost only one of his 18 league matches against teams managed by Martin O’Neill (W10, D7, L1).
- Sunderland have won half of their last eight league matches, drawing one and losing three.
- They have kept four clean sheets in their last five home matches.
- Their season’s tally of nine clean sheets in the Premier League is bettered only by Manchester City (11).
- Martin O’Neill’s side have only won one of their 13 matches against top-half opposition this season (W1, D5, L7).
- Steven Fletcher has scored the most opening goals in the Premier League this season (six).
- The Gunners have won 11 league matches this season, their lowest tally after 25 games since Arsene Wenger took charge in September 1996.
- They are unbeaten in their last 12 league matches played in the month of February since a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea in 2010.
- Arsenal have not led at half-time in any of their last eight Premier League matches. Seventeen of their last 20 league goals have been scored in the second half.
- Wenger’s side would be top of the league if only the second half of matches counted.
- According to Opta, Arsenal have made a league-high 13 errors leading to goals this season.
- Lukas Podolski has 12 goals and 11 assists in 31 league and cup games for Arsenal.
Sunderland and Arsenal squads players team and probables lineups details here.
Arsenal Probables Lineups:
Szczesny, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Sagna, Podolski, Cazorla, Ramsey, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud, Mannone, Koscielny, Santos, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diaby, Jenkinson, Rosicky, Miquel, Coquelin.
Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Rose, O’Shea, Kilgallon, Bramble, Cuellar, Mangane, N’Diaye, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Graham, Wickham.
Sunderland vs Arsenal match prediction some though but we hope Arsenal will must comeback in game and take match points by 2-1.check results after match for see who is winner of match?.