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Arsenal vs Sunderland is one of the big games in the English Premier League on Saturday with Sunderland hoping to move closer to the magic 40 point mark, and the Gunners looking to move up into the top five in the EPL table. The game kicks off at 10 a.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Arsenal are currently in sixth place in the EPL with 41 points from their 25 games. The Gunners will know time is running out if they are to make the top four, and at the same time claim a coveted Champions League spot. Meanwhile, Everton are just one spot above the Gunners, but as they are not in action on Saturday, Arsenal can move up into fifth with a win.
Sunderland meanwhile are currently in 12th place with 29 points from their 25 games. However, they will be targeting the 40 point mark as the level they need to hit to avoid relegation.
Sunderland will know how important it is to pick up points from their home games and will be hoping to gain at least a draw if not all three points from today's game. Following this game Sunderland will play a stream of teams they will be hopeful of claiming points from, meaning this is an important stretch for them. They will play West Brom in a few weeks time followed by matches against Fulham and QPR. After that they will be at home to Norwich.
If they can claim a few wins and a few draws out of these games they will be almost home at their 40 mark goal.
For today's match Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny will have a fitness test on his calf injury, while Thomas Vermaelen (ankle) is out.
Meanwhile for Sunderland, winger James McClean is a major doubt after hurting his ankle on international duty. Carlos Cuellar could return from a hamstring problem, but Lee Cattermole (knee) is unlikely to feature.
Sunderland's only win in their last 18 league meetings with Arsenal came at the Stadium of Light in November 2009 when Darren Bent scored the decisive goal. In addition, Arsene Wenger has lost only one of his 18 league matches against teams managed by Martin O'Neill, winning 10 and drawing 7 of those games.
Arsenal vs Sunderland kicks off at 10 a.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.
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