5 SHOCK CHANGES MADE! Arsenal STARTING Lineup vs Sunderland

Arsenal have suffered a series of injury blows that severely limit Arsene Wenger’s options.

Santi Cazorla is set for a few months on the sidelines after damaging knee ligaments during the stalemate with Norwich last weekend, whilst Alexis Sanchez has also been ruled out of the weekend visit of Sunderland, having succumbed to a hamstring injury.

Mathieu Flamini is expected to retain his start in central midfield, and Wenger could turn to Aaron Ramsey or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to partner Flamini in the middle of the park. The pair are also options for the right and left-flank roles along with Joel Campbell who is fit again after a calf injury.

Laurent Koscielny is a doubt for the Gunners at the back, after coming off with a hip injury at Carrow Road. Gabriel remains on standby to partner Per Mertesacker, should the Frenchman be ruled out. Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal will continue at full-back, while Kieran Gibbs is in contention again after overcoming a calf injury.

Olivier Giroud is expected to lead the line for the Gunners, with Theo Walcott perhaps unlikely to start, having just returned to training.

Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky remain sidelined through injury.

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