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David Thompson 15th Oct 2011 - 10:26

Who' s Nightmare Will End At The Emirates?


Arsenal v Sunderland

13:30 - live on Sky Sports 1

Arsenal 4/9  Draw 16/5 Sunderland 13/2

The international break may have taken some of the heat off Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, but after losing the North London derby and lying 15th in the Premier league at the start of the weekend, the pressure still exists. A defeat to Sunderland this Sunday could well leave the Gunners languishing in the relegation zone, and extinguish all hope of that all important Champions League spot.

The situation at the Emirates hasn't improved recently either, Bacary Sagna suffered a broken leg at White Hart Lane and he has been added to the list of long term absentees Jack Wilshere (Ankles) and Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles). The England central midfielder Wilshere has been the rising star at Arsenal, however it could be argued that it is the Belgium centre back who has been most sorely missed. The signing of Per Mertesacker (8/1 anytime goalscorer) was a real positive for Arsenal fans at the end of the transfer window in August, however he has been ineffectual when paired with Frenchman Laurent Koscielny (8/1 anytime goalscorer). This has been one of the reasons for Arsenal conceding 16 goals in just seven Premier League games.

On a positive only two of these goals have been conceded at home but with the inexperienced Jenkinson slotting into right-back, it's hard to envisage a clean sheet for Arsène Wenger's boys. (10/11 to keep a clean sheet)

The attacking threat from Arsenal looks as potent as ever, despite frailties at the back the likes of Walcott (11/2 first goalscorer), Arshavin (7/4 anytime goalscorer), Ramsey (11/4 anytime goalscorer) and Van Persie (3/1 first goalscorer) have enough between them to seriously trouble the Sunderland back line. A back line in which a big hole has been left in by the club ban imposed on Titus Bramble.

Manchester United old boys John O'shea (16/1 anytime goalscorer) and Wes Brown (20/1 anytime goalscorer) will go some way to plugging the hole, however Kieran Richardson (12/1 anytime goalscorer) will be an unwilling right back and could be exploited and exposed by Andrei Arshavin (6/1 first goalscorer).

Steve Bruce will be feeling the pressure as much as his opposite man, with just 3 wins between the two managers in 14 premier league games an away win at Arsenal would be just what the Black Cats manager needs. They have had their worst start since 2005-06 season, however, wins against Stoke and Arsenal would prove that the only way is up, and that this is just a slow start to their Premier League campaign.

Luckily for Bruce's side the Arsenal fans are losing patience and if they can score a goal before half-time it wouldn't be long before the Arsenal faithful turned against their side. (Time of Sunderland Goal: Up to and Including Half Time 21/20). Considering  the 1 point separating these sides the 13/2 available on Sunderland in the outright market is also tempting, and if put into one of your football accumulators you could be in for a super Sunday if it comes in.

Once again the Premier League is guaranteed to produce a highly competitive bottom half of the table clash. William Hill will as always be offering a huge range of markets both pre-match and In-play. You can bet via all channels, including mobile, phone and internet, so don't miss out on a must win game for both sides.



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