Sunderland v Arsenal preview and betting prediction

Arsenal make the long trip north to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland on Saturday, and will be looking to return with all three points.

The odds on Arsenal winning the game are not huge, but the form of the two sides only points to one possible result.

The Gunners come into the match having eight of their last nine matches in all competitions, with Middlesbrough the only team to come away with a spirited draw.

Sunderland come into the match in disgraceful form on the other hand, with two draws and seven losses from their nine league matches this term, picking up only one point from their four home matches.

Arsenal set to complete 2nd January transfer deal

It might not exactly fill the average Arsenal fan with delight, but this second transfer deal of the January window should at least put a smile on the face of our French international right back Mathieu Debuchy.

The 30-year old has made no secret of his frustration at having to play second fiddle to the young Spaniard Hector Bellerin and with the Euro 2016 championships being played in his home country this summer, Debuchy has begun to really up the ante with his grumbling.

Positivity and Passion will see Arsenal right says Wenger

Arsene Wenger has reminded his Arsenal players that they have a tough test ahead of them today in the 3rd round of the FA cup against Sunderland, because this season and recent years has taught us that any Premier League team can cause us an upset on their day.

But the Gunners have ways of making sure that today is not their day, by turning up with the right attitude and putting in the right sort of performance from the first whistle at the Emirates stadium. History beckons for Arsenal as this year gives us a chance to be the first club for 130 years to win the FA cup three times in a row but just like in the game today, Arsenal need to be on it from the start to keep this hope alive.

Arsenal were poor! Wenger doesn’t care! We won!

Arsene Wenger has often been slammed for his perceived favouring of style over substance, especially in the 10 years or so since Arsenal last won the Premier League. Before that he was rightly praised for the entertaining, fluent and attack minded style of football he had brought to England.

It is certainly true that in recent years we could have done with a bit more practicality and ability to grind out results to balance the pretty passing game. But I do think that Arsenal have added more of this part of the game over the last year or two.

WOW! Stoke open door for Arsenal to go top

There is still a long way to go in the game, but Arsenal fans will already be feeling excited after Stoke City doubled their lead against the current league leaders Man City. The Potters have the backing of their vocal home crowd and having gone 2-0 up at the Britannia Stadium they will be absolutely buzzing right now.

Man City are without their captain and best centre back Victor Kompany and while they may have David Silva back they have no Sergio Aguero to finish things off up front and they have no Yaya Toure driving them forward from the centre of midfield.

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.

FINALLY the luck has turned for Arsenal

A bit of luck can go a long way in football and it seems like it has all been going against Arsenal since the start of the current season. We cannot blame all out troubles on luck, but it certainly has not been on our side either, until this week that is.

Apart from the knock picked up our England international left back this week, Arsenal have come through two games unscathed and we even have quite a few important players coming back into fitness. We will have to wait and see of course, but Gibbs’ knock looked like an impact injury and hopefully will not mean him missing any games.

Arsenal need to PROVE they are still a Big Team against Sunderland

Arsenal travel to the Stadium of Light later today, as the Gunners look to pile the misery on Sunderland who were battered 0-8 by a spirited Southampton side last weekend. However, this game, on the pitch, is going to be a lot more competitive than anticipated, as the visitors aren’t in the best of form either, and lack options when tested.

The Black Cats, under Gus Poyet, are (were?) a very good side, and this home game against Arsenal gives them a chance to rectify their 8-0 reverse, thereby reminding other clubs in the English top flight that they are no punch bags. Having said that, what kind of a game does Arsenal have in store against the Black Cats?

Nicklas Bendtner’s selective memory of his Arsenal career!

The famous Danish international Nicklas Bendtner has watched Arsenal fans celebrate the new contracts awarded to Thomas Rosicky and Per Mertesacker, and the clamour of opinion wanting Bacary Sagna to extend his current deal, but no-one seems to care that his own contract is set to expire this summer!

On the contrary, most Gooners can’t wait to see the back of the big-headed immature pain in the ARSEnal! It is not so much his lack of committment to the Arsenal cause when he actually got a few games, it was the way he conducted himself outside the club. We can all remember the first time he was caught with his trousers down on his way out of a nightclub….