O'Shea explains two things which could work in Sunderland's favour this weekend

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Sunderland's John O'Shea believes that Arsenal's Champions League commitments could be helpful for his side.

Sunderland defender John O'Shea is hoping to use Arsenal's European commitments to his side's advantage at the weekend.

The Republic of Ireland international believes that they will be the fresher side going into the game at the Stadium of Light because the Gunners had to play in the Champions League last night.

Arsenal faced Anderlecht in a close encounter, which they won thanks to two incredibly late strikes, and O'Shea believes the effort they had to put into this match could work in Sunderland's favour. 

"Arsenal are a good team, there’ll have spells where they’re going to have the ball," he said to the Chronicle.

“But we need to put them under pressure, particularly when they’ve got a few injuries at the back and a midweek Champions League game. Let’s see if we can use that to our advantage."

Despite O'Shea's hope, Sunderland go into the game in non-ideal circumstances, too.

The Black Cats have had their confidence dented after losing 8-0 to Southampton in their last fixture and they will be determined to bounce back as quickly as possible.

The defeat was a humiliating one for the side, and Arsenal will be wary of feeling the backlash from this heavy loss. 

The Gunners have won only twice in the Premier League so far this campaign and they know that anything other than a victory in their weekend's fixture will be a huge disappointment. 

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