Sunderland v Arsenal
Sunderland Vs Arsenal Sunday 10th February at the Stadium of Light.
Last Win/Defeat Last Win/Defeat
Won 2-3 v Wigan (A) 19/1/13 Won 1-0 v Stoke (H) 2/2/13
Lost 2-1 v Reading (A) 2/2/13 Lost 2-1 v Chelsea (A) 20/1/13
Last Corresponding Game
Saturday 11th February at the Stadium of Light
Sunderland 1-2 Arsenal
Sunderland: Manager, Martin O’Neill
The Black Cats and Louis Saha have departed company and he has now left the club with Sunderland thanking him for his contribution during his time at the club. Way to go!
As some depart others arrive and Martin O’Neill appears pleased with his most recent acquisition striker, Danny Graham for a fee said to be in the region of five million pounds.
Media reports have it Danny Graham was targeted to assist in easing the load on Steven Fletcher – an entirely believable claim.
Sunderland will be playing hard this weekend to redress their most recent loss to Reading at the Madejeski Stadium and essentially it seems fair to say that Sunderland lost the game in the final minutes. In their favour Sunderland were able to get back into the match after conceding an early goal, however they were unable to come out on top resulting in them dropping the points to Reading.
Arsenal at the Stadium of Light will be no easy game.
Arsenal: Manager, Arsene Wenger
The January transfer window is now firmly shut and prior to its closing Arsene Wenger was able to sign Spanish International Macho Monreal who is expected to play both as a left back as well as a left sided mid fielder.
Wenger explains the signing of Monreal as both necessary and desirable owing to Kieran Gibbs being out with a thigh injury which could keep him on the sidelines for up to six weeks.
At last Arsenal appears to have gained momentum following back to back English Premier League wins, however harnessing and directing this momentum to achieve a place in the top four no doubt will be Wenger’s main aim.
Lukas Podolski is playing in top form and is quoted in the media as calling on his team-mates not to give away “stupid points.” Sage advice indeed!
Along with Podolski mid fielder Jack Wilshere has displayed impressive form following his return from a long term injury. The 21 year old still has a long way to go – his quality is not in dispute, it’s just the fans enthusiasm regarding his quality that is of concern to Wenger and rightly so.