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, 26 April 2014
12:45
Southampton v Everton  
15:00
Fulham v Hull City  
Stoke City v Tottenham  
Swansea v A Villa  
West Brom v West Ham  
17:30
Man Utd v Norwich  
Sunday, 27 April 2014
12:00
Sunderland v Cardiff  
14:05
Liverpool v Chelsea  
16:10
C Palace v Man City  
Monday, 28 April 2014
20:00
Arsenal v Newcastle  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 52 80
2 Chelsea 35 41 75
3 Man City 34 56 74
4 Arsenal 35 21 70
5 Everton 35 23 69
6 Tottenham 35 2 63
7 Man Utd 34 16 57
8 Southampton 35 5 49
9 Newcastle 35 -15 46
10 Stoke City 35 -10 44
11 C Palace 35 -13 43
12 West Ham 35 -10 37
13 Swansea 35 -4 36
14 Hull City 34 -9 36
15 A Villa 34 -14 35
16 West Brom 34 -13 33
17 Norwich 35 -28 32
18 Cardiff 35 -34 30
19 Fulham 35 -42 30
20 Sunderland 34 -24 29

Updated Wed, 23 Apr 2014

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