By Emma Sanders
Arsene Wenger should hand a rare start to Alex Oxlade Chamberlain after the England international impressed against Reading during the mid-week clash.
The 23 year-old was on hand to score both goals as the Gunners recorded a 2-0 victory over Reading in the EFL Cup to book themselves a place in the quarter-finals.
Victory against Sunderland on their return to the Premier League would move Arsenal to the top of the table so Wenger should bring back all of his attacking stars after they were rested during the week.
Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott are obvious choices to line-up in attack despite Olivier Giroud featuring for 25 minutes against Reading.
The Frenchman hasn’t quite made a full recovery from injury and should not be rushed and the same can be said for Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla.
Arsenal’s midfield play-maker was sorely missed in the goalless draw against Middlesbrough but it would be foolish for Wenger to rush Cazorla back with his influence on the team so important.
Alex Iwobi should be left out of the starting XI to make way for Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Mohamed Elneny would be the preferred option in midfield until Cazorla returns.
Francis Coquelin is the best player to line-up alongside Elneny while Granit Xhaka misses out as he serves the final game of his three match ban after being sent off in the 3-2 victory against Swansea.
Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal are undoubtedly Arsenal’s preferred back four and they would be expected to start again, while Petr Cech should also return.
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