Date: 16th May 2017 at 11:43am

Alexis Sanchez is to be assessed after the striker picked up a knock at Stoke.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to miss out of Tuesday’s clash with Sunderland. The midfielder continues to nurse a hamstring problem picked up against Southampton last week.

Gunners captain Laurent Koscielny could be sidelined after a resurgence of his recent calf injury.

As for the visitors, Sundelrand’s Jason Denayer and Victor Anichebe are doubts. Denayer has a thigh problem, while Anichebe a hamstring issue.

Liverpool’s 4-0 thumping of West Ham means the Gunners are now four points adrift of the Reds and three behind Manchester City.

Champions League qualification is in doubt with Liverpool to host already relegated Middlesborough on the final day.

West Brom visit Manchester City, before Guardiola’s side play out their final game at Watford.

First, Arsenal need to do their part and apply some pressure on their rivals…

FORM GUIDE

The Gunners impressive end to the season roles on. It’s now six wins out of seven for Wenger’s side who hammered Stoke 4-1 at the Bet365 Stadium last time out.

Alexis Sanchez scored his 21st league goal of the season, while Olivier Giroud’s brace demonstrated his worth once again.

It all appears too little too late however. The team simply gave themselves too much to do ahead of the annual April – May surge.

As we know, Sunderland will play in the Championship next season. The Black Cats have had a dismal season, but did pick up a win in their last away fixture at Hull.

Giroud is just two goals short off 100 for Arsenal

Olivier Giroud is just two goals short for 100 for Arsenal

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Victory would register Arsene Wenger’s 20th in all competitions over David Moyes – more than any other manager he’s faced.

The Wearside club have never won at Arsenal in the league (D5, L10).

The Sunderland boss has picked up just three away wins in the league all season, while Arsenal’s only defeat in their last 16 Premier League home games came against Watford on 31 January (W12, D3).

PREDICTED ARSENAL XL

Gabriel could return to the side in place of the doubtful Laurent Koscielny. With Hector Bellerin back on form, Oxlade-Chamberlain will not be rushed. But the Englishman is likely to be fit for the FA Cup final on May 27.

Olivier Giroud is just two goals away from 100 for Arsenal. The Frenchman likely to lead the line could attain that feat with a strong performance.

Alexis Sanchez will need at least four goals in his final two games to become the league’s top scorer.

Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Holding, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Ramsey, Xhaka; Ozil, Alexis, Giroud.

MATCH PREDICTION

Top four now looks a stretch, but it’s important to finish the season strongly and with some momentum ahead of the cup final.

Despite being confirmed down, Sunderland won’t show their belly. Their players are fighting for their careers with some hoping to find a club still in this division next season.

An early goal should set us on our way.

Prediction: 3-0 Arsenal

 

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