With a few injuries to worry about, but a week before the next Arsenal match, Arsene Wenger could pick his strongest side possible to get a result from a tough visit to Sunderland. Lee Cattermole returns to an already physical side so the Gunners can expect a midfield battle. That may be why Ramsy will partner Arteta and Diaby will start on the bench.
Great news at the back as Koscielny passed a late fitness test so will partner Mertesacker in the centre, giving us a good combination of speed and height with plenty of experience. Cazorla comes in for Oxlade-Chamberlain, so there is plenty of creativity in the team.
Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Arteta, Ramsey, Wishere
Walcott, Giroud, Cazorla
Martin O’Neill has not started his new signing from Swansea, Danny Graham. He wants to keep it tight, and is playing with Stephen Fletcher as a lone striker. Arsenal must work hard and fight for the right to play our more fluent football, just like last week against Stoke.
We have to get the win to go above Everton and keep pace with Spurs, so we cannot afford to be too patient if we don’t get an early goal.
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