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Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla could be given a rest at some point with the FA Cup final in mind Getty Images

Arsenal welcome Sunderland for their penultimate Premier League clash of the season at the Emirates Stadium on 20 April.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 7.45pm BST. Live TV coverage is available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Live updates of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live from 7.30pm BST onwards.


Arsenal welcome Sunderland for their rearranged fixture in the Premier League, a clash that will have an impact on both sides of the table.

The Gunners are all but assured of the third place and need just one point to make sure it is out of reach for Manchester United. But they are still eyeing second place if Manchester City slip up against Southampton on the final day.

Arsene Wenger has the same set of players he had for the previous game and could rotate the squad as they have a game on Sunday and the FA Cup final a week after. Jack Wilshere could be given a run in the team ahead of Santi Cazorla, while Thomas Rosicky might be given some game time as well.

The Frenchman will hope that his team can respond after their last home game ended in defeat at the hands of Swansea City.

Adam Johnson
Sunderland's Adam Johnson is back in the squad and could line up at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night Getty Images/Laurence Griffiths

Meanwhile, Sunderland come into this game hoping to ensure safety ahead of the final day, as they are still in danger of facing the drop.

Dick Advocaat has made a difference since his arrival and taken them to the brink of safety yet again. This seems to be a Sunderland ritual in recent seasons, with Gus Poyet performing the great escape the last time around.

Stat of the Match: Three of the last six meetings at the Emirates between these sides have ended in goalless draws.

What Managers Say

Arsene Wenger: "Sunderland are searching for a point to be safe so will be well organised defensively and sound at the back. They try to use all the counter attacks and set pieces they will have to score goals."

Dick Advocaat: "I think every player enjoys playing at Chelsea and Arsenal. We have nothing to lose because everyone expects us to lose – but we don't. I know that we will give both of them a really difficult time and try to get what we need. "

Betting Odds (

  • Arsenal win: 4/13
  • Draw: 74/17
  • Sunderland win: 10


  • Injured: Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin), Arteta (ankle), Debuchy (hamstring), Welbeck (knee)
  • Doubtful: Koscielny (flu)
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Ospina, Bellerin, Gabriel, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Coquelin, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott.


  • Injured: Gomez, Brown, Bridcutt
  • Doubtful: Billy Jones
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Pantilimon; Reveillere, O'Shea, Coates, Van Aanholt; Bridcutt, Cattermole, Larsson; Defoe, Fletcher, Wickham.