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Official teams and Preview of Sunderland v Arsenal

I must admit that I am very surprised at the Arsenal starting line-up for the Premier League clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. It smacks of extreme caution to me, when I expected the Frenchman to try to build on the midweek win and take advantage of the low confidence that the Black Cats must surely have after shipping eight goals at the home of the Saints last week.

Sunderland v Arsenal Preview, Line-Up and Score Prediction

Sunderland vs Arsenal Preview, Predicted line up and score by KJ

We’ve struggled to pick up points against the smaller teams with two disappointing draws against Hull and Leicester. We also just about managed to beat Palace at home thanks to a last gasp Ramsey winner. We have to make a statement in this game that we’re going to destroy the smaller teams to ensure that we at least make the top 4 this season.

Pick your Arsenal team to face Sunderland

Arsenal: What would be the preferable starting XI against Sunderland? by SE

Arsenal, for all the struggles they have endured in the Premier League so far, have done well to pick up 6 points out of 6 in their last two Champions League fixtures against Galatasaray and Anderlecht. That last gasp win on Wednesday night against the Belgium Champions, especially, would have invigorated this Arsenal side that was looking for some sort of inspiration after an insipid display against Hull City last weekend at the Emirates. Thus, going into Saturday’s clash against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, expect Arsenal to come out all guns blazing and look to get back to winning ways, after losing and drawing their last two Premier League games against Chelsea and Hull City respectively. What should be Arsenal’s preferable stating XI against Sunderland?

Two players Arsenal need to watch out for against Sunderland

Sunderland: 2 players to watch out for when Arsenal visit Stadium Of Light this Saturday by SE

Arsenal take on Sunderland at the Stadium Of Light this Saturday, as Wenger’s wizards seek to get back to winning ways after picking up just one point from their last two league games. For the Gunners to finish in the top four this season, having made an unimpressive start to their campaign so far, they will have to start winning those winnable games and Sunderland are one of those opponents Arsenal cannot afford to slip up against.

Why Podolski is NAILED ON to start for Arsenal tomorrow

The Arsenal manager spoke to the press today ahead of the trip north to face Sunderland in the Premier League tomorrow, as reported by The Mirror. And I don’t think that Arsene Wenger needed to stretch his tactical acumen too far to realise that the home side may well concentrate on their defending after being huniliated by conceding eight goals at Southampton last weekend.

Wenger said, “I think the result (losing 8-0 at Southampton last weekend) will have strengthened their resolve to put on a better performance.

“The danger is that they now focus very hard on defending and that we get very few openings.”

How many points do Arsenal need before the New Year?

What would be a good haul of points for Arsenal at the end of the first round of Premier League fixtures? by SE

Arsenal, having garnered just 11 points from their first 8 Premier League games, look like a side that has its task cutout to finish in the top 4 at the end of 2014/15 Premier League season. Draws against Leicester City and at home to Hull City would have hurt Wenger’s wizards badly, and results in those two games could still be costly in the final analysis of the campaign that hasn’t yet got going. With injuries to key players impeding Arsenal during the first round of Premier League fixtures, what would be a good haul of points come the 28th of December, when Arsenal play their 19th Premier League fixture at Boleyn Ground against West Ham United?

Official teams and preview of Anderlecht v Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has had a few key decisions to make over the last few days, but most of them are about how to ensure that Arsenal are stronger defensively than we have been of late. The attacking and creating side of the game has been pretty much okay, but we need to have that solid platform o build on to make sure that we beat Anderlecht tonight.

A win is a must if the Gunners are to keep the hopes of winning the group over Borussia Dortmund alive. So as expected the Frenchman has kept our most combative midfielder Mathieu Flamini in the starting line up. And having Aaron Ramsey back in the middle with the in form Jack Wilshere should also help to protect that back four.

Arsenal must kick-start their season tonight

Win over Anderlecht could be the springboard to Arsenal rediscovering their form by SE

Arsenal indeed have made an unimpressive start to their campaign; however, with a couple of good performances, form and the season that’s increasingly going on a downward spiral can be rectified. Last weekend’s 2-2 draw at the Emirates against Hull City cannot be an ideal preparation, going into a crucial Champions League fixture as Arsenal do when they take on Anderlecht at the home of the Belgium champions. While you go into every game of the season looking to win, every result — win, draw or defeat — that Arsenal manage from here on, could have a bearing on their faint mindset.

Anderlecht v Arsenal Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Anderlecht vs Arsenal Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ

We still haven’t really kicked on this season and even though we managed to beat Galatasaray fairly comfortably a few weeks ago, a poor decision by Szczesny leaves us with reserve keeper Damian Martinez starting in a Champions League game that we need to win.

Our defence is suffering numerous injuries which has forced us to play players out of position or to dip into our reserves and that puts a lot of pressure on our midfielders. They will need to dictate the tempo of the game far better than we did against Hull and to ensure that the first counter attack isn’t a goal.

Pick your Arsenal side to face Anderlecht tomorrow (plus injury update)

The good news for Arsenal is that Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are now back to fitness and should figure in the squad, but the loss of Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Rosicky (not to mention Ozil!) after the international break has put a bit of a damper on the celebrations.

With the long-term injuries to Giroud and Debuchy, and with Sanogo still not recovered from his hamstring problem, Wenger will not have a large choice of players to choose from for tomorrow’s Champions League game in Belgium. One easy decision he will have is the goalkeeper as Szczesny is banned and David Ospina is also on the treatment table, so Martinez will definitely get a rare chance to impress.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Hull

Unless there is a problem with the Arsenal and Germany international striker Lukas Podolski, it looks like his time at the club could be up because, not only does Arsene Wenger leave him out of the starting line up once again for the visit of Hull City, Podolski does not even make the bench.

After his recent complaints about lack of playing opportunity and the boss stating that he was part of the plans for Arsenal, this must be a real kick in the teeth to the German if he is fit. It is the dynamic Englanmd international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that gets the nog from Wenger.

Arsenal v Hull Preview, Line-Up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Hull City Preview, Line up and predicted score by KJ

The last time we faced Hull, I’m pretty sure the majority of Arsenal fans aged 10 years on that day. We went 2-0 down within only 10 minutes. It was a shambles of a start and we gifted that to Hull. Fortunately, this team had actual bottle and they managed to salvage the FA cup from despair. What this tells us is that Hull City under Steve Bruce are a tricky team to play against.