Premier League: Arsenal vs. Sunderland
The Gunners must get over their 2-1 loss to Porto in Wednesday’s Champions League as they face a struggling Sunderland side at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.
“Sometimes, we make mistakes which, at the top level, you pay for,” said Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. “I think we have to try to find the solution to these problems, because it is costing us many, many things.
Arsene Wenger may recall first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Almunia after Lukasz Fabianski made a mess of his opportunity to impress against the Portuguese champions.
The Black Cats, who sit 13th in the table and three points away from the relegation places, are winless in their last 12 EPL matches but remain unbeaten in February having drawn all three of their games so far this month.
The absence of David Meyler Jordan Henderson and Lee Cattermole presents a real dilemma for Sundarlad, but the gaps could be filled by Bolo Zenden and Kieran Richardson.
The North Londoners, on the other hand, will still be without William Gallas and Abou Diaby, although Alex Song could return after a knee injury.
The match kicks-off at 15:00 UK.
UPDATE: Nicklas Bendtner scored a first-half goal and Cesc Fabregas an injury-time penalty as the Gunners defeated Sunderland, 2-0.