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Sunderland vs. Arsenal

Stadium of Light

18/09/10

5.30pm

Sunderland V Arsenal Preview

Sunderland face a tough trio of fixtures in the Premier League with Arsenal at home first on the list.

Steve Bruce likes to upset the big teams when they visit the fortress of the Stadium of Light and will be hoping his 'in your face' style will work against Arsene Wengers side.

Arsenal, who looked brilliant in midweek, will look to keep their good form going to push for the top spot but will all know this is not an easy fixture.

Sunderland must play to their strengths and take any chances that fall their way. Bruce has been dealt a big blow by losing both Cattermole and Mensah through injury.

Vital Quotes: Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce said: 'Arsenal are fantastic to watch, and all of us in the game love to watch them play.

"Whether they are brittle I don`t know, but if you have to upset them and stop them playing, you do that.

"You have to stop them from playing a bit. If you are going to take them on in a football match, you might be on to a hiding. They play for Arsenal because they are all good players - arguably they`re better players than we`ve got - so you have to do something as a team to counter that."

Sunderland Team News:

Lee Cattermole will start his new two game suspension.

John Mensah has been rated as doubtful after picking up another injury in training.

Both Richardson and Elmohammady should play despite being subbed against Wigan last weekend.

Player to watch: Henderson

A moment of sheer brilliance from the England U21 midfielder set up our opening goal against Wigan, how we hope for more moments of genius this weekend.

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal have a few key players missing for this clash with Vermaelen, Van Persie, Walcott, Bendtner and Diaby all facing injury problems.

Wenger can include Gibbs and Rosicky.

Player to watch: Fabregas

When Sunderland won last season through Darren Bent, the reason we did was through our midfield getting the better of Cesc in the middle.

We will need another massive performance from both Henderson and Riveros if we have any chance of stopping the Spanish magician this weekend.

Match Facts & Stats

Sunderland have lost only one of their last 12 home matches in the Premier League.

The Gunners have not kept a clean sheet in their last nine Premier League away matches, since a goalless draw at Aston Villa in January.

Ref Watch:

Referee: Phil Dowd Assistant referees: Simon Long & Dean Mohareb Fourth official: Martin Atkinson

Match Prediction:

Sunderland 1 - 2 Arsenal After watching Arsenal destroy Braga midweek it is hard to see anything other than a defeat for us on Saturday evening. We have a great home record and always excel ourselves against the top teams but this is maybe too big of a task to defeat Wenger.

Next Fixtures: Liverpool (A)

Sunderland face another tricky tie away to Liverpool next Saturday




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Writer: Gary Johnson Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 17 2010

Time: 3:25PM

Your Comments

Gooner here. Hmm surprised to read your views.. We feel we are going to lose.. LOL
Sajit
Hope your all right mate!
GazJohnson
I don't think we are going to lose but its definitely not going to be easy for us. This is also the sort of match where we pick up injuries so I'd be content with a draw and no injured players but very pleased with any win.
gronedrone
Sajit has never been renowned for optimism! Wish the sunderland fans well - may the better team on the day prevail.
Deltaforce
Hope your players can play the game on the ground and avoid inflicting us with injury. May the better team win
Arseniger
*injuries
Arseniger
Its great to see fans giving the opposition respect it will be a close one and I have to say with Sunderlands run of games now we will be happy with a draw. Anyway I hope it will be a good match.
Tucky
Delighted with that performance.
GazJohnson
 

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