Arsene Wenger’s men have been beaten in four of their first seven games in a slow start to the campaign, whilst Sunderland have also had a poor season, winning only one game so far.
The Swedish midfielder spent six years in North London as a youth player, and is looking forward to facing his old employers.
“Even though they have not had a good start to the season, it is still a tough place to go. I am sure the fear factor has gone out of them a little,” he told Mirror Football.
“Since my time there, I have always followed them. I had a great time there and will always be thankful for what they did for me. I always want to see them do well.
“Arsenal in the bottom three?! Well, for this one game I will be more than happy to make that happen.
“Beating Arsenal at Wembley was an unbelievable moment for me, it’s the only title I have won. What made it even sweeter was that it came against a top team. I am still an Arsenal fan. I like to see them do well except when I am up against them.
“Of course, they have had a disappointing start, they can’t get away from that, but a club like Arsenal will always be wanting to be at the top and I hope they can turn it around… after they play us,” he concluded.
Both sides are in desperate need of three points, as pressure builds on both under-fire managers.
By Gareth McKnight