Sunderland vs Arsenal Preview
Sunderland currently sit 19th in the league after 3 games without a win, losing two, with one draw scoring only 2 goals. In their last match, they were beaten 3-1 by newly promoted Crystal Palace, who tore Sunderland apart, and deserved their win.
The only threat I see from Sunderland, is Steven Fletcher, who was outstanding last season for them. He recently made his comeback after injury, and scored against Crystal Palace.
Sunderland have also boosted their team with loan deals for Fabio Borini and Ki Sung-Yueng at the end of the transfer window They also signed Andrea Dossena, who you may remember flopped at Liverpool. Overall they have a more strengthened team, unlike they did 2 weeks ago, and I hope to see an improvement in them, especially since it’s Paolo Di Canio.
With John O’Shea suspended, and Phil Bardsley injured, I feel Sunderland are still lacking defensively, and that’s something you don’t want against a team like Arsenal.
Key player: Other than Steven Fletcher, I’d have to say Emanuele Giaccherini, who has performed well in the first three games, becoming a big part of the team.
Arsenal are sitting 4th in the league, having played 3, won 2 and lost 1, scoring 5 goals. They are coming off a great victory for them against derby rivals Tottenham, beating them 1-0, with a goal from Giroud.
Arsenal are full of talent, and have added to that with the huge signing of Mesut Ozil for £42.5m from Real Madrid on the last day of the transfer window. The attacking midfielder is a perfect player for Arsenal, and I can see him starting against Sunderland, as Rosicky, Arteta, and Podolski are all out of action with injury.
The German should fill the gap, and hopefully play just behind the striker. Giroud has started all 3 games, and looks to be the main striker for Arsenal heading forward, at least until January as they didn’t bring in another, so Arsene Wenger can only hope that he doesn’t suffer an injury to his front man who has been on fire for Arsenal so far this season, having scored in all 3 Premier League games.
Arsenal are also playing well with the ball, with players like Walcott and Ramsey shining at the start of the season, and I hope they can keep their form up, after their disappointing defeat to Aston Villa in the opening game of the season. They’ve bounced back well, but it’s Arsenal, a team who are hot one minute, and cold the next, so they’re very unpredictable.
Key player: Olivier Giroud, who has been the goal scorer so far, and Mesut Ozil, just because, well, it’s Ozil.
Predicted Score: On Saturday, I do see Arsenal coming out as winners, maybe with a 3-1, as they are prone to conceding a goal, but can also score, and with Ozil added to the mix, it makes it that much worse for Sunderland.