Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has singled out Jermaine Defoe as Sunderland's danger man to be wary of when he leads out his side against the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light on Saturday reports, Completesportssnigeria.com.
Sunderland are without a win in the English Premier League this season and are rock bottom on the log with just two points from nine games.
But despite that, Wenger is wary of his side losing points again having stayed unbeaten in their last nine games away from the Emirates.
The Gunners were held to a goalless draw at home to Middlesbrough in their last EPL game at the Emirates.
"David Moyes is an experienced manager who has 15 seasons in the Premier League. They’ll defend very well and catch us on moments in the breaks and on set pieces," Wenger began during his pre-match conference on Thursday..
"Their main danger is Defoe. They’re good on set pieces, they have a strong midfield, Kone, O’Shea are dangerous on set pieces. They are in a bad positions. It’s very tight at the top and tight at the bottom as well.
Wenger also admitted that winning this season's EPL title will be very tough considering the pressure from every team in the division.
"I try always to learn. If I have one quality I try to learn from everything. I learn things more or less, what we learned last season was that a team like Leicester can win the championship and lose only three games, I think it’ll be tight this year."
"The pressure is on every week for everybody. As you said it’s very tight at the top. Two points for five teams difference. Every game becomes important, you have to not be fooled by that. Last week we had 75 per cent of the ball and could not score, we have to use the ball in a more efficient way."
On Mesut Ozil signing a new contract extension, the Frenchman revealed that it's still in progress.
"Nothing really concrete enough to talk about it. It’s moving along.
"There’s a big satisfaction for him (Ozil) but I’m against it because it gets in the head of players. You see players only thinking about themselves and not the team performance. In a world where everything is individualized we want to respect what football is about the team effort."
Wenger also revealed that Oliver Giroud, Theo Walcot, Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal are major doubts for the trip, while Lucas Perez will be out for six to eight weeks due to an an ankle injury.