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

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2 – Jermaine Defoe v Laurent Koscielny

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Likewise, with the Sanchez and Kone battle, Defoe against Koscielny will be just as enjoyable to watch with the veteran Sunderland striker always being a nuisance for defences and knowing exactly where the back of the net is.

The former Spurs man may be getting on in his career, but he is still very deadly in and around the penalty area and will certainly punish Arsenal if given the chance too.

Koscielny on the other hand, is without a doubt one of the league’s best defenders and has consistently proven so, the French international has been in superlative form this season and that showed again last week when he made a crucial tackle on Alvaro Negredo in the dying minutes of their dull 0-0 with Middlesbrough.

Koscielny certainly has the agility to keep Defoe at bay, but the number 9 will roam around and look to get himself in goal-scoring chances as he has done his whole career, this is certainly one to keep an eye on tomorrow as this battle could certainly decide the game.