The Arsenal boys have an opportunity to get over their ill-faited trip to Portugal with the visit of Sunderland to The Emirates.
Alex Song and Manuel Almunia are available again, while Abou Diaby is disappointingly omitted having sustained a medial knee ligament injury against Porto. He joins William Gallas, Andrey Arshavin and Eduardo and the long-termers on the injury table.
While Song will undoubtedly return to the starting team the manager has a difficult decision to make regarding Almunia. Should he come straight in or should Lukasz Fabianski, who had an absolute shocker against Porto, be given another chance to prove himself. The suggestion is that Almunia’s hand is not yet at 100% so there’s still a decent chance it will be Fabianski.
The rest of the team picks itself, although I would like to see Aaron Ramsey play in place of Denilson and perhaps Emmanuel Eboue, who appears to be in decent form of late, to come in on the right side of attack. His pace would be a welcome change to the less speedy Samir Nasri and Tomas Rosicky and assuming the Czech’s body is holding up OK I think Nasri should be the one who makes way.
Sunderland have not won in 12 games and we should beat them tonight. Three points are vital to keep our chase on Chelsea and Manchester United going and I can’t really see a good reason why we shouldn’t win the match.
Come on you GOOONERS!
Have your say on Arsenal’s clash with Sunderland by leaving a comment.