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Preview: Sunderland vs. Arsenal

Sports Mole looks ahead to Arsenal's trip to Sunderland as they try to keep up the pressure on the top four.

Arsenal need to recreate last season's victory against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in order to keep pushing towards the top four of the table.

The Gunners sit just four points away from a Champions League spot but as their fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Liverpool are all in the hunt for European football, Arsenal can ill afford to drop any more points.

Sunderland host the Gunners on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Reading, but they've managed to avoid losses in their last two home fixtures.

Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill could hand new signing Danny Graham his first starting place, while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is likely to wait on the fitness of Theo Walcott, who was substituted with an injury during last night's 2-1 victory for England against Brazil at Wembley.

Recent form

Sunderland: LDWWL

Arsenal: WDWLL

Possible starting lineups

Sunderland: Mignolet; N'Diaye, Bramble, O'Shea, Colback; Rose, Gardner, Vaughan, Johnson; Fletcher, Graham

Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Diaby, Arteta, Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott; Giroud

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