Saturday

Arsenal vs sunderland

Arsenal meet Sunderland at the Emirates on Saturday,February 22,2014.The first meeting at the stadium of light ended 3-1.Sunderland match against Mancity has been postphone. While Arsenal could only manage a disapointing goalless draw with ManUtd at the Emirates ,to bring the point to 56,one behind Chelsea. Team News Arsenal’s injury troubles have been well documented all season and the amount of bodies entering the physio’s office shows no sign of slowing down. Wenger’s side are currently hampered by six injuries to some key personnel, with the worst miss being Aaron Ramsey who is out until mid-March with a thigh muscle strain. Theo Walcott is another big miss for Arsene Wenger and the English winger is out until the summer with a dreaded ACL injury. Midfielders Diaby and Kallstrom, a January acquisition, are still sidelined with ACL and back injuries respectively. Whereas, defenders Gibbs and Vermaelen are suffering from hamstring and calf injuries – the former picking that injury up in the defeat to Bayern Munich. A non-injury worry for Wenger is the state of mind of striker Olivier Giroud who is dealing with problems at home – the French striker was left out of Arsenal’s crunch Champions League fixture against Bayern Munich in favour of young starlet Yaya Sanogo. In comparison, Gus Poyet has a fairly healthy squad with just three injuries hampering his team selection. The most frustrating of those three injury worries is that of Steven Fletcher, his calf injury has kept him sidelined for some time, however, he could be fit for this game if he passes a late fitness test. Carlos Cuellar is another Sunderland player who could be fit for this game after progressing with his thigh injury. Goalkeeper Westwood is still out with his long term shoulder injury, former Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone will continue in his place.

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