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Three straight league wins have put Arsenal in the top four, at least for now. Aside their league ascension, the gunners are also in the mix for the first silverware of the 2021/2022 season, having thumped Leeds United 2-0 in late October to enter the quarter-final of the this season’s Carabao Cup. On Wednesday, they host league one side Sunderland, as they bid to make it to the Semi-final stage.

Ahead of the match at Emirates Stadium this Tuesday 21st December, 08:45pm (GM +1), let’s look at the Head-To-Head Stats between Arsenal and Sunderland in the league Cup, How Arteta Could Line Up With His Second Eleven and the predicted match outcome.

Head-To-Head Stats between Arsenal and Sunderland in the league Cup

In all the 153 meetings between Arsenal and Sunderland in all competitions since their first match in the FA Cup on the 21st January 1893, they have only met 3-times in the league Cup now called Carabao Cup. The first fixture in this competition between Arsenal and Sunderland was on the 4th September 1968 at Highbury Stadium, with the gunners winning 1-0 courtesy of Terry Neil lone strike.

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They meet again on the 6th November 2002, this time, Sunderland got the better of Arsenal, winning 3-2 at Highbury Stadium. Their last fixture was on the 25th October 2005, with Arsenal claiming an emphatic 3-0 win at Sunderland.

On home ground, Arsenal have won once(1) and lost once(1) against Sunderland in the league Cup.

Sunderland are unbeaten in their last four league 1 matches(2W, 2D), while Arsenal have claimed three consecutive league wins after two straight defeats.

How Arteta Could Line Up With His Second Eleven

After an impressive result at Elland Road, it is interesting to see how Mikel Arteta line up his team against Sunderland, with Arsenal boosting wealth of options in the reserve. So, it is likely that the Spainard will opt to give opportunity to the likes of Rob holding, Chambers and Nicolas Pepe. Aubemeyang is likely to miss this tie after his recent discplinary breach.

Formation wise, Mikel Arteta should opt for same 4-4-2 as the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka are all likely to be on the bench. Goalkeeper Bernd Leno should come into the starting lineup for this one, while at the back four, Rob holding and Calum Chambers are likely to start in the central defence, with Nuno Taveres to start in the left side defence and Cedric on the right side.

In the midfield, Mohamed Elneny and Maitland Niles should start in the deep midfield, while Emile Smith Rowe should return to the starting line up in the left attacking midfield, while Nicolas Pepe start in the right attacking midfield.

Martin Odegaard should start in a supporting striking role behind Eddie Nketiah or Folarin Balogun. Gabriel Martinelli and Alexandre Lacazette are likely to come on from the bench depending on how the match progresses.

Arsenal likely Starting Line Up

Predicted Match outcome

Arsenal have lost just once(1) at home in all competitions this season, their 2-0 loss at Emirates Stadium against Chelsea in August. On home ground on Tuesday, expect Arsenal to get the job done with aplomb against a relatively weaker Sunderland.