Arsenal will be without Alexis Sanchez once again for their FA Cup tie with Sunderland, while the Chilean continues to nurse his hamstring injury that has dogged him for a while.
Calum Chambers starts, presumably in a holding role alongside reported Chelsea target Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while youngster Alex Iwobi gets a start in an attacking birth.
Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud also start the game as Arsene Wenger names a strong team as they look to defend their crown once again.
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Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce is without new signing Jan Kirchhoff, as well as Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Larsson, who have hamstring and knee injuries respectively.
England under-21 custodian Jordan Pickford takes his place between the posts for the Black Cats today and the 21-year old certainly impressed while on loan with Preston.
Joining the debutant is on loan Spurs star DeAndre Yedlin, Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher as the Black Cats look to condemn today’s hosts to their first defeat in the FA Cup since 2013.
Sunderland XI v Arsenal: Pickford, van Aanholt, Cattermole, O'Shea (c), Lens, Graham, Toivonen, Coates, Fletcher, Yedlin, Watmore. #ARSSUN
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