Sunderland vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Both Sunderland and Arsenal will believe there is plenty of room for improvement when they meet in the Premier League on Saturday.

An outrageous own goal from Santiago Vergini set the tone for what turned out to be a nightmare afternoon for Sunderland last time out on the South coast. Some members of the team appeared to give up as Southampton racked up the goals with ease, leading manager Gustavo Poyet to describe the game as his most embarrassing day in football.

The supporters who made the long journey have been reimbursed, but they along with their fellows at the Stadium of Light will be demanding a response.

Just two wins in Arsenal’s first eight Premier League matches have threatened to end their title challenge before it has even begun, and Arsene Wenger was more than a little frustrated after their latest dropped points against Hull City. His week improved with two late goals against Anderlecht earning a dramatic win, but for most of that game in Belgium the performance had been lifeless and lethargic.

Poyet is set to make several changes to his side, but he must make do without Ricky Alvarez, Sebastian Coates and Emanuele Giaccherini.

Wojciech Szczesny will be back in goal for Arsenal, who are without Jack Wilshere through injury, and a number of other players due to injury.

See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on Sunderland v Arsenal

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