The international break has given some respite to Arsene Wenger and his backroom staff, with the focus lifting away from the Premier League and on to Wayne Rooney’s impetuousness. Sadly the glare will be back at the Emirates as the Press descend on the stadium to see if Arsenal can improve on their current form and league position.
Whilst the two week break has given Koscielny and Djourou a chance to get fit in time to add some steel to the Arsenal defence, we’ll be without Bacary Sagna who has been ruled out until the new year with a broken leg. The injuries are starting to stack up…
Whilst the media would love Arsenal to struggle once more, we have generally been good for three points at home (the early-season Liverpool loss aside), and our boys generally look calmed when we’re on our own turf. Hopefully Mertesacker will have started to gel properly with the rest of the defence, and can start marshalling them properly!
Sunderland have had a torrid start to the season too, with manager Steve Bruce also under pressure to ger results. They are unbeaten in two matches, but shouldn’t offer up too much of a challenge to us. That said, they will be primed to play the quick tackling, no-space giving tactics that have been successful for Blackburn et al. It makes a big difference who scores first – if we score we can settle into a rhythm, but if they score we might struggle…
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Someone’s got to come out backing the second longest-serving manager in the Premier League, and thats us! The defence might be shakier than the one he inherited when he first took over the club, but there should be enough about us to grab the win. We’re at 1.5 to win (Paddy Power). If we had to pick a score, we’d plump for 2-0 (7.5 at Ladbrokes).
We think Arsenal will get out of the blocks early (hopefully!) so we’re backing Arsenal to be winning at both halftime adn fulltime – available at 2.1 (Bet Clic). Looks good to us… Come on Arsenal!
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