Preview: Sunderland v Arsenal

We look ahead to Saturday's game.

Sunderland will be looking to register their first league win of the campaign when Arsenal visit the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Tickets are still available for the clash with the Gunners, who look set to hand a debut to £42.5m deadline-day signing Mesut Ozil.

Paolo Di Canio’s side have only failed to score on one occasion in their opening four games of the season.

And, with the goal-scoring return of last season’s leading scorer Steven Fletcher at Crystal Palace, the Italian’s striking options are further boosted.

Meanwhile there could be Sunderland debutants with striker Fabio Borini, midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng and defender Andrea Dossena all joining the Black Cats’ ranks before the close of the transfer window.

Sixty years ago to the week, the hosts recorded their biggest victory over the Gunners with a 7-1 thrashing at Roker Park in front of nearly 60,000 spectators.

Arsenal’s early-season form has caught the eye of many after home and away wins against Fenerbahce, plus victories at Fulham and in the North London derby against Spurs.

Olivier Giroud is enjoying his best form since moving to the Emirates Stadium with a goal in four of the Gunners’ five games so far this campaign.

Di Canio will be without suspended captain John O’Shea for Saturday’s clash and with Arsenal scoring in eight successive games in the competition - the longest-such current run in the Barclays Premier League - the Black Cats’ rear-guard is likely to be tested.

However, the statistics suggest they’ll get opportunities as only Fulham (21) have allowed their opponents more shots on target this season than Arsenal (17).

Saturday’s meeting will be the 144th between the two sides, with Arsenal just edging the head-to-head record with 55 wins compared to Sunderland’s 50, whilst there have been 39 draws.