Arsenal’s domination of Braga in mid-week may just be suggesting that the Gunners have found the scoring edge to go with their undeniable ability to pass the ball.
And Arsenal will need to find the net against Sunderland as they have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 game – they’ve also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 games that have followed Champions League excursions.
If Arsenal are to win, they are 4/6 to do so, then it’s likely that there will be three or more goals in the match and over 2.5 goals is available at 8/11.
Arsene Wenger has no fresh injury worries to contend with after Wednesday’s clash with Braga but could recall Tomas Rosicky and Keiron Gibbs as Arsenal look to register just their third victory in ten North East visits.
Last season Sunderland only lost three times at home to Aston Villa, Chelsea and Manchester United, beating Arsenal 1-0, and the Mackems fans have yet to see their side defeated this season at the Stadium of Light.
Steve Bruce will be without talismanic midfielder Lee Cattermole after his second red card this season and John Mensah is a doubt for the game.
Asamoah Gyan will start up-front with Darren Bent likely to be shifted to the wing in a 4-5-1 formation.
With Arsenal’s poor defensive record after Champions League games, Bent and Gyan will be looking to get on the score sheet and they are 7/4 and 9/4 respectively to score anytime.
Despite the plaudits surrounding their win last Wednesday, Arsenal could come unstuck and Sunderland to win 1-0 is 9/1.
The draw offers good value at 5/2. See the latest Sunderland vs Arsenal match betting market here.