Gus Poyet will have to deal with four injuries in his selection as he will surely try to avoid another embarrassing defeat like the 8-0 one suffered against Southampton last week. Ricardo Alvarez, Emanuele Giaccherini, Sebastian Coates, and Billy Jones are all set to miss the match against Arsenal through injury. There should be quite a few changes in the side from the previous round of fixtures with Andy Johnson and Jack Rodwell tipped to start on Saturday. Poyet may select Costel Pantilimon between the sticks after seeing Vito Mannone lose eight goals.
Arsenal (4-1-4-1): Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Ramsey, Sanchez, Welbeck
Arsenal are still suffering from a host of injury setbacks but will be boosted by the return of Calum Chambers who completes his Premier League suspension. However, Jack Wilshere will be suspended for their upcoming fixture as Arsene Wenger will still be without the services of David Ospina, Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy, and Yaya Sanogo. Some good news for the Gunners will be that both Theo Walcott and Serge Gnarby could feature from the bench with the pair still working on their fitness upon their return to the first team.
Theo Walcott is likely to return to face Sunderland In the Premier League. I really hope so!. Cannot wait to see him play with Alexis. #AFC
— GoonerBoys (@GoonerBoys_) October 24, 2014
Well were back tomorrow Sunderland away gotta say im not to excited but im a gooner and hey’COYG. — SEAN AFC GALLAGHER. (@SeanGal64041602) October 24, 2014
Sunderland has a wide chance to revenge against arsenal
— Japhy F (@AwesomE_Japhy) October 24, 2014
When the pair met last year Arsenal defeated Sunderland away from home 3-1, thanks to a brace from Aaron Ramsey. However, with a host of injury concerns, can the Black Cats exact revenge on the Gunners?