Welbeck, Coquelin and Gabriel back for Arsenal at Sunderland

As well as Arsene Wenger wanting his Arsenal players to focus on the job at hand of winning all of our remaining Premier League games and securing a top three finish, he himself has to make sure that they take each game as it comes. And his own task is setting the Gunners up with the best possible chance of beating the team in front of us.

That is why, I think, the Frenchman brought back Olivier Giroud and Per Mertesacker for the midweek game against West Brom. But the away game against a Sunderland desperate for all three points to get them out of the relegation is a different matter.

Talking Tactics for Arsenal v Sunderland!

Ahead of the game against Sunderland, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has urged his side to be more direct and decisive in their game, labelling the home defeat to Swansea as an accident and challenging his players to redeem themselves when they welcome Sunderland to the Emirates, knowing that three points will guarantee automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League group stages.

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

Do Arsenal need to look further than Bale?

The last time Arsenal played Tottenham, the day ended very happily for the Gunners as they ran out 5-2 winners after Emmanuel Adebayor’s reckless and dangerous tackle earned him a red card. If you look at the teams from that day, Spurs have lost two big strong midfielders, Sandro and Huddlestone, to injury. They are also with out two of their forward players Dempsey and Defoe, so Arsenal should feel confident of a good result.

Jermain Defoe – You can’t write off Arsenal but I’m confident of Spurs win

The Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is well aware that anything can happen in a high pressure North London derby despite Arsenal’s recent run of poor form, but with Spurs supreme confidence this season he is confident that his team can do the double over Arsenal.

“It means more to Arsenal than us. Obviously because of the way things have gone for them this season.

“I think it’s been a lot of ups and downs, where at the beginning they didn’t start too well, then they picked it up and then they’ve had a little blip again.