Posted on May 20, 2015 by ADMIN

Arsenal must beware of Sunderland banana skin

Arsenal are in the envious position of only needing one point to guarantee a place in the Champions League Group Stages next season, bur first of all they need to get their act back together and overcome a battling Sunderland side that also only need one point to avoid the drop.

The game looks like a simple three points at home, but there is a small worry in that, after nine wins in a row, Arsenal are now three games without a win! The draws against Chelsea and Man United can be considered reasonable results, but the home defeat to Swansea took everyone by surprise, even Arsene Wenger, who is keen for that performance not to be repeated.

“For me the Swansea game was an accident,” Wenger said. “Having analysed it, it’s one of the games we deserved to win the most of all the games. We lost two in two or three years now, so you can say that’s an accident.

“Sunderland need a point to be safe so I expect them to be well organised defensively, sound at the back, and to try to use all the counter-attacks they can, all the set-pieces they have, to score goals. We have to put a high rhythm into this game and play with a high level of energy to win the game.”

“Sunderland, for a few years now, have struggled until five, six games before the end,” Wenger continued. “First Paolo di Canio saved them, then Gus Poyet saved them, and now Advocaat saved them, so always they just find the final resources to get out of relegation.”

You could say that both teams will be happy with a draw, but the fact is that a win for Arsenal will still give us a slim chance of finishing second on Sunday if Man City have a last day slip-up. Also we need to get ourselves back into a winning groove and give us another big boost ahead of the FA Cup Final.

No more accidents please, Arsene!

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15 thoughts on “Arsenal must beware of Sunderland banana skin

  1. Mick The Gooner

    After Swansea I’d expect a response from the team. Wouldn’t expect them to get get anything but a draw from this one. Sunderland are pretty much safe now too so it may not mean as much, who knows.

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  2. davidnz

    Arsenal is close to finishing in front
    of Man U for 2 seasons in a row
    which we last achieved in 2005.

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    1. Mick The Gooner

      I’d say I’m probably one of the more optimistic fans on here, and even I’s say that’s more due to them than us.

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  3. vince

    Still a must win. If city lose, we can make second. They pla s’ Hampton. Possible. ..

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  4. davidnz

    Sanchez could make
    his 50th appearance for
    Arsenal tonight.
    That’s more games than
    Gabriel Diaby Arteta Ryo Podolski Campbell
    Sanogo Rosicky Walcott Zelalem Hayden combined !!!!!

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    1. sonix

      The Manager is pretty appaling in rotation this days…..maybe he is too afraid….no shame in being afraid though

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  5. Uzi Ozil

    Arsenal shouldn’t make the same mistake twice in space of 2weeks… Arsenal should use the flank well against Sunderland. They won’t be relegated but teams love to park the bus against us and love to give it a go at the Emirates. I hope we get the 3pts and finish 3rd. If Mancity messes up’, we can get 2nd but I don’t wanna raise my expectations. 3rd Finish is fine (No playoff) then prepare for Wimbley…

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  6. season ticket holder

    Wenger has hinted he will add two players,but he said earlier giroud is world class what a joke may be wc model.Wc striker should be the priority girioud is just avarage.He also hinted coq needs competition,we have only one world class player in epl and Aguero is the only one

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    1. jonestown1

      Why don’t you pretend for a few seconds that you are the manager – how would you talk about your own players? Tell the world you don’t rate your striker is crap? Not gonna help his motivational pep talk with Olly before the next game is it? It is a long, long way from rocket science when you give it a seconds thought. That is why the press hate Wenger, he plays with a straight bat, never flinches and feeds them bullshit answers to bullshit questions – exactly what they deserve.

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  7. Godswill

    I hate CL play-off. Alway giving me tension. Please boys, get the job done and let be thinking of pre-season games and not tension soaked CL play-off.

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  8. frisco

    Big thanks to Alexis Sanchez for your contribution to Arsenal cause and you are a really gunner,no need to be a home grown to become a truly gunner,show us what a difference make a world class player,learn English and you will become a captain, you are a role model for our youngsters and a real pitbul we needed you change our players with your fitting spirit and you exposed the useless players and make some better players thank you for that.

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  9. opk philip

    If arsenal failed to win the epl in 20yrs (with Wenger’s lack of ambition, i won’t be surprised) we will become very irrelevant in all of Europe except for the beautiful Emirate stadium. there has never been a better time to invest in the squad like we have now.

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    1. jonestown1

      And how did this “better time” come to pass? Has it just happened out of the blue and is totally unrelated to what has been going on for the past 10 years?

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