Arsenal v Sunderland preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash between Arsenal and Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium.

Last Updated: 04/03/11 at 14:27   

Welbeck: Could return for Sunderland

Welbeck: Could return for Sunderland

Arsenal will be without Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song for the game.

Fabregas (hamstring) and Song (knee) are also doubts for Tuesday's Champions League clash with Barcelona.

Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny return to the squad, but Robin van Persie (knee), Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) and Theo Walcott (ankle) are out.

Danny Welbeck could return to the Sunderland squad for the trip to north London.

The 20-year-old, on loan from Manchester United, has returned to Wearside following his recovery from the knee injury which has sidelined him since January 5 and is likely to be included provided he suffers no reaction to resuming full training.

Welbeck and Fraizer Campbell (knee) are expected to play in a behind-closed doors friendly against West Ham next Tuesday, while defender Michael Turner (also knee) and Lee Cattermole (back) are building up fitness. However, keeper Craig Gordon is to visit a specialist in Sweden next week over his niggling knee injury, while Bolo Zenden and Nedum Onuoha (both calf) are likely to miss out and David Meyler (knee) is yet to return to full training.

Arsenal (from): Szczesny, Sagna, Djourou, Clichy, Nasri, Wilshere, Rosicky, Arshavin, Almunia, Ramsey, Gibbs, Eboue, Denilson, Chamakh, Bendtner, Squillaci, Diaby.

Sunderland (from): Mignolet, Gordon, Bardsley, Richardson, Angeleri, Ferdinand, Bramble, Mensah, Muntari, Riveros, Henderson, Malbranque, Elmohamady, Sessegnon, Colback, Gyan, Welbeck, Noble, Knott.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:45
Tottenham v Fulham  
15:00
A Villa v Southampton  
Cardiff v Stoke City  
Newcastle v Swansea  
West Ham v C Palace  
17:30
Chelsea v Sunderland  
Sunday, 20 April 2014
12:00
Norwich v Liverpool  
14:05
Hull City v Arsenal  
16:10
Everton v Man Utd  
Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City v West Brom  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 34 0 60
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 34 5 48
9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 -10 43
11 C Palace 34 -14 40
12 West Ham 34 -9 37
13 Hull City 33 -6 36
14 A Villa 33 -14 34
15 Swansea 34 -5 33
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 -40 30
19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
20 Sunderland 33 -25 26

Updated Thu, 17 Apr 2014

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