Sunderland vs. Arsenal – 3 Battles That Will Decide The Result

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After a disappointing birthday for Arsène Wenger, his team will certainly be looking to put things right this weekend as they visit the Stadium of Light in search of three points. The Black Cats are without a win thus far this season and are struggling for confidence after gaining just two points from nine matches. David Moyes certainly has a job on his hands if they are to get anything from the game against the Gunners and I look at three battles that could decide the game.

1 – Alexis Sanchez v Lamine Koné

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After a somewhat confusing summer for Sunderland defender Koné, he finds himself still playing his football in the Tyneside after handing a transfer request in to the club in bid to force a move to Everton, which obviously didn’t work.

The Sunderland man has been at the heart of central defence for the Black Cats since the new season and will certainly have his hands full again this weekend against Arsenal’s deadly Chilean Alexis Sanchez.

It’ll be interesting to whether Sanchez plays off John O’Shea or Kone, but the feeling is Moyes will instruct the athletic, strong, 6 ft 1′ central defender Koné to try and dominate the tricky Alexis.

Nonetheless, which ever defender of Sunderland’s defensive duo must try and stop Alexis, they will certainly have a tough time, the Gunners man has enjoyed leading the attacking line and has been deadly in front of goal, but also creating chances at ease.