Our draw against Manchester United all but sealed third place, with just a point needed from our last two games. Second spot is still up for grabs however, and a win against Sunderland would put pressure on Manchester City above us.
Arsene Wenger has named the same starting XI for a number of games recently, but we could see several changes when Sunderland head to North London.
Here is the predicted lineup for our clash with Sunderland at the Emirates:
GK) David Ospina
The Colombian hasn’t had the best time recently, and was arguably at fault for the goals against Manchester United and Swansea. With so few games remaining however, Arsene Wenger is unlikely to swap keepers now.
RB) Hector Bellerin
Bellerin struggled against Ashley Young, but should keep his place against Sunderland. Mathieu Debuchy is still sidelined with injury (via Arsenal.com), and our young Spaniard has done more than enough to suggest we should keep faith with him.
LB) Nacho Monreal
Monreal has been excellent this season, and the odd mistake aside, he has really answered some of his critics. He has played a huge number of games though, and with Kieran Gibbs a top quality replacement, rotation is a possibility.
RCB) Per Mertesacker
Our giant German has been solid throughout the campaign, and has done nothing to suggest he should be dropped.
Laurent Koscielny has been suffering with the flu recently (via the Express), and is therefore a doubt for the game. He may recover in time, but if not, Gabriel has proved himself an excellent option at the back.