Latest Sunderland v Arsenal odds with the Gunners slated as 4/6 favourites to pick up win against a new look Sunderland still searching for their first win of the season.
The Stadium of Light will play host to what is arguably the most anticipated player debut in the Premier League for sometime as Mesut Ozil is set to debut for Arsenal.
The German playmaker stole headlines after The Gunners signed him for £46m from Real Madrid in a search to boost the team’s attacking quality.
Since moving to London, Ozil has heaped high amounts of praise on the set-up at the Emirate Stadium and the opportunity to work with a manager such as Arsene Wenger.
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feelings were re-iterated by Ozil during his unveiling earlier this week where he was thrilled to be working at a top-class club such as Arsenal: “I feel very good here. It’s great to be part of this team. The city is very nice and you can see how familiar this club is.”
Aside from the introduction of Ozil, the only real change in the squad will be the loss of Tomas Rosicky who picked up a thigh injury in Czech Republic’s 2-1 loss to Italy on Tuesday evening.
It means that Arsenal will still have many of the in-form players that have helped the side notch up two straight wins this season including influential defender Per Mertesacker and on-fire striker Olivier Giroud who has scored 3 goals in 3 Premier League games so far this season.
On the other hand, Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio will be hoping that his new look side will be able to use home advantage to help them pick up their first win of the season.
Di Canio has made lots of changes to the look of the Sunderland line-up bringing in 13 new players to the club over the summer transfer window.
Indeed, the match could see The Black Cats give a debut to both to Fabio Borini and Andrea Dossena who are both eager to get a second shot at proving themselves in the Premier League.
This was something that Borini particularly emphasised after his arrival at The Stadium of Light where he was determined to show himself as a top class player. He reiterated this to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle stating: “I wanted to prove myself at Liverpool last season and I couldn’t really do it. I wanted to prove myself at Liverpool last season and I couldn’t really do it.”
It’s good to see new signings such as Borini wanting to work hard for their new club but with Sunderland struggling for form at the moment, it will take more than just optimism to defeat a buzzing, in-form Arsenal.