PICTURE: Arsenal’s Best XI vs Sunderland to freshen things up

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Freshen up

In effect, Arsenal only require one point from their final two games to ensure the third placed finish which will see them avoid a tricky Champions League preliminary round in the late summer.

They should achieve this against Sunderland but there has arguably been a drop in form over the last couple of weeks, with the defeat at home to Swansea, followed by a lacklustre performance against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger should give some thought to freshening things up with the introduction of players with something to prove.

Theo Walcott is gagging for minutes and his intervention made the difference, albeit rather fortunately, against United. His pace troubles opponents and he would surely get in behind a Sunderland defence several times at The Emirates over the 90 minutes.

Danny Welbeck is also back in contention for a start and we would throw him in there too. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is too short of match fitness to start but may get onto the bench.

And we would also like to see some more of Gabriel Paulista. He was obviously bought for the long-term but games like this would surely provide the perfect experience for the lad.

So here is our 11 for the penultimate game of the season. Sunderland will be desperate for a point to stave off relegation but Arsenal too, have something to play for.

Arsenal fans: let’s have your elevens.
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