5 Arsenal Stars With A Point To Prove Against Sunderland.


  1. Wojciech Szczezny

The Pole will be back in goal for the trip to the Stadium of Light and with no faults attributed to young Argentine goalie, Emi Martinez, Szczezny will have to be on his toes knowing the 22 year old will be looking to continue his progression in the first team. David Ospina’s recently incurred long term injury has been attributed to a rushed warm up – or a lack of it – before coming up as a substitute in the Galatasaray game, and to say that wouldn’t have happened if Szczezny had kept his cool is to state the obvious. While we continue to grapple with the crippling insufficiency currently overwhelming us in defence, Woj will have to command his area more and prove Wenger won’t have to replace him with Martinez at home to Anderlecht.

  1. Per Mertesacker

Again, the vice captain was caught out against Anderlecht and is yet to show the imperiousness that made him rated as one of the best defenders in the Premier League last season. The absence of a competitor on the bench, it would appear, has caused little bit complacency in him, but a case could be made for him in the absence of his comrade in arms, Laurent Koscielny. Yet, Mertesacker has got to show more experience against Sunderland on Saturday, especially if he’ll still be paired with Monreal.

  1. Aaron Ramsey

He got some stick for his long balls on Wednesday but playing the whole duration of that tough game would bode well for his fitness going into this game. Ramsey would have very fond memories of this particular fixture last season, where he scored two stunning goals to give us all three points. He’ll have neither Jenkinson nor Giroud to give him those cute passes as at last year, but it must be on his mind to rekindle that old man who was quite unstoppable and unarguably our best player this season. He saw more of the ball when Wilshere got subbed off, tomorrow Wilshere won’t even be playing.

  1. Danny Welbeck

There is no sense in any talk of putting him on the bench due to fatigue or anything, the lad came to Arsenal to play football after staying on the bench often at Old Trafford and until he’s visibly cramped and crippling, he should keep playing. He was not at his best against Belgium and he may be little bit under the cloud facing an old team in Sunderland, but these will only serve as motivation to fire himself further. One more goal, in addition to the point-winner against Hull will continue to bolster his confidence.

  1. Lukas Podolski

But if Wenger chooses not to play Welbeck, it should only be due to what a certain German did on Wednesday. Podolski is undoubtedly the most lethal finisher in the club but he hasn’t always justified his selection in the center forward role. Maybe he could get better with age and pressure, and Anderlecht may have been a stepping stone

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