CONFIRMED: Sunderland and Arsenal line-ups

Here is how Sunderland and Arsenal will line-up for this afternoon’s match:

Sunderland starting XI: Mannone, Vergini, van Aanholt, O'Shea, Brown, Cattermole, Larsson, Rodwell, Buckley, Johnson, Fletcher

Sunderland subs: Pantilimon, Bridcutt, Wickham, Gomez, Reveillere, Altidore, Mavrias

Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Arteta, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Alexis, Welbeck

Arsenal subs: Martinez, Bellerin, Ramsey, Campbell, Rosicky, Walcott, Podolski

Sunderland take on Arsenal on Saturday afternoon fresh off the back of their humiliating 8-0 defeat to Southampton last weekend.

It was a result that no one expected but it shows just how far the Saints have come and how far the Black Cats still have to go.

If that game does not motivate Gus Poyet’s side into a performance against the Gunners this afternoon, nothing will, and Arsene Wenger will know his side will not have an easy ride at the Stadium of Light.

Just one point outside the relegation zone, Sunderland have to get some more victories under their belt, while Arsenal will want to keep in touch with the top three, who are slowly starting to pull away from the chasing pack.

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