Sunderland will be desperate for a point when they head to the Emirates this Wednesday evening, with the Black Cats teetering on the edge of the relegation battle. A point for us would all but guarantee third place, but a win would keep the pressure up on Manchester City in second spot.
Victory could be decided in a few key areas of the field, with individual battles likely to play a huge part.
Here are three key battles that could decide the result when Sunderland head to the Emirates:
Gabriel vs Jermaine Defoe
Laurent Koscielny could miss the game after suffering with the flu (via the Express), with Gabriel the man most likely to replace him. Sunderland’s wiley veteran Jermaine Defoe could cause him some problems, and he will need to be alert to the threat he will pose.
Dick Advocaat has been trying to crowbar all his goalscoring forwards into the side at once recently, and while we will almost certainly enjoy the majority of possession, we will need to be careful and avoid complacency.