Sunderland v Arsenal latest odds, news and free bets

Before Arsenal’s match at the San Siro on Wednesday, Martin O’Neill would have expected his Sunderland team to be lining up against a side containing fringe players, although the Gunners’ thrashing at the hands of Milan means that Arsene Wenger might go into this match in a different frame of mind

The 4-0 defeat against the Rossoneri effectively means that Arsenal are out of the Champions League and that means that the FA Cup is the only competition they can now win, with the silverware cabinet having been empty for the past few campaigns.

The Gunners won 2-1 at the Stadium of Light last weekend and they are slight favourites at 13/8 (Stan James £150 free bets) to triumph once again and book their place in the quarter final of the tournament.

Much depends on the morale of a team who were taught a football lesson at the San Siro and Sunderland will be looking to capitalise on any fatigue that the visitors might have. Bet365 offer odds of 2/1 that the home side take another step towards Wembley and this price looks ripe for the taking.

After all, the Black Cats have had a full week to prepare for this match and the manager clearly felt his team were unfortunate to lose last weekend, with Stephane Sessegnon ready to cause problems for the Arsenal defence. The Benin midfielder is an 8/1 chance (Bet Victor free bets) to open the scoring and continue his excellent season since O’Neill took charge.

The bookies are now getting wise to the scoring threat of James McClean and he’s a 10/1 chance to repeat his first goalscorer feat of last weekend, while it will be interesting to see whether Wenger decides to start with Van Persie.

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