Arsenal begin their Premier League campaign without captain Robin van Persie when they take on Sunderland at the Emirates tomorrow.
kick off their Premier League campaign by welcoming Arsenal to the Emirates with all eyes on the Gunners' new signings. Sunderland
The North London outfit, who finished in third place last season, will begin a new era without their star striker
, who is due to complete a move to Manchester United today after Robin van Persie completing a medical last night.
New strike force
and Olivier Giroud are expected to make their Premier League debuts tomorrow, with Lukas Podolski likely to provide support from the wide areas if deemed fit in time. Theo Walcott
could also receive a place in the new-look side, while Santi Cazorla should slot into the back four for the first time since being announced as permanent Thomas Vermaelen captain.
Meanwhile, Sunderland manager
will be hopeful of the Black Cats starting their campaign well after slipping under the radar towards the closing weeks of last season. Martin O'Neill , who Louis Saha signed for the North-East side yesterday on a one-year deal, could pull on a Sunderland shirt for the first time tomorrow with sitting just behind the striker. Stephane Sessegnon Possible lineups: Arsenal: Szczesny; Djourou, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Song, Ramsey; Walcott, Podolski, Cazorla; Giroud Sunderland: Mignolet; O'Shea, Bramble, Cuellar, Richardson; Larsson, Cattermole, Colback, McClean; Sessegnon; Saha Sports Mole says: 2-0
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