Latest News: Theo Walcott will undergo a late assessment after sustaining a minor hamstring problem ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Sunderland. If he misses out, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – who impressed with a brace against Reading in midweek – could start on the right.
Santi Cazorla (Achilles) will also need to be assessed ahead of the trip to the north east, with Mohamed Elneny set to keep his place alongside Francis Coquelin in central midfield should the Spaniard remain out.
Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez were rested for Tuesday night’s EFL Cup tie and look set to return to the starting XI.
Olivier Giroud came off the bench against Reading, and appears likely to get more minutes under his belt off the bench against the Black Cats.
Arsene Wenger’s first-choice back four of Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Hector Bellerin were all rested in midweek, but Monreal is a minor doubt with a muscle problem – Kieran Gibbs is the likely deputy.
Aaron Ramsey (lack of match fitness) is back in contention, while Granit Xhaka is still suspended. Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck remain sidelined, while Lucas Perez is out for several weeks after suffering an ankle injury against Reading.
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