Their opponents on Saturday week will be the same team that arrive at the Stadium of Light this coming weekend and Arsenal will look to take advantage of weary legs within the home team’s ranks and strengthen their claim on a Champions League place for next season.
However, it is worth noting that the Gunners have the small matter of a trip to Milan on Wednesday for the extension of their European adventure and Arsene Wenger must consider whether to start with Robin Van Persie considering the coming schedule of matches.
With Gervinho at the African Cup of Nations and Thierry Henry having failed to start during his loan spell, the Dutchman will probably lead the line in this encounter and he is a 4/1 chance (Sportingbet £100 free bets) to score the opening goal of the game following an excellent hat-trick against Blackburn last weekend.
However, the other player earning rave reviews was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the former Southampton youngster could be the team’s secret weapon against AC Milan, with Ladbrokes bookmaker offering odds of 8/1 that he scores first in this match.
Martin O’Neill will look to assess the fitness of several players before this clash, including Stephane Sessegnon who limped off after scoring the winning goal at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday.
Even so, Sunderland are going great guns in the Premier League since the new manager took over and some might feel that odds of 5/2 are way too big about the Black Cats considering that they have won five of their last six matches.