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Arsenal will assess Theo Walcott’s thigh injury ahead of the game.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (ankle) and defender Laurent Koscielny (calf) are not available, while new signing Santi Cazorla will be monitored after his trip to Puerto Rico with Spain.
“It appears that Arsenal are about to begin life without Robin van Persie. It feels like the start of a new era but, if you think about it, it also feels like they have to sell their star player every year.”
Sunderland could hand a start to new striker Louis Saha, especially with Stephane Sessegnon a doubt (ankle).
Wes Brown (knee ligaments), Phil Bardsley (ankle) and David Vaughan (hernia surgery) are set to miss out. (BBC Sport)
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side entertain Sunderland in this opening fixture and do so without Robin Van Persie who has left for Man United and Alex Song who seems set to join Barcelona.
Thomas Vermaelen takes the captain’s armband having helped his Belgian side to an impressive win over Holland in midweek.
The Gunners boss will hope Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud can make up for the shortfall that will surely result in Van Persie’s departure and perhaps a home encounter with Sunderland will be a good early test for the North London side.
Martin O’Neill saw his Black Cats steadily improve after he took over from Steve Bruce but they may still be light up top, even with the addition of new striker signing Louis Saha.
Arsenal 3-0 Sunderland
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