Wilshere ban keeps star out of Arsenal’s Sunderland trip

Jack Wilshere (right) misses out on Arsenal's Stadium of Light visit, but ex-Sunderland loanee Danny Welbeck (left) is in line to face the Black Cats

Jack Wilshere (right) misses out on Arsenal's Stadium of Light visit, but ex-Sunderland loanee Danny Welbeck (left) is in line to face the Black Cats

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ARSENAL midfielder Jack Wilshere is suspended for tomorrow’s Barclays Premier League trip to Sunderland after collecting five yellow cards.

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny returns having served a one-match European ban for the midweek Champions League win at Anderlecht.

England forward Theo Walcott has played for the Gunners’ Under-21s following nine months out with a knee injury, but is not expected to return to the first-team squad until next weekend.

Defender Laurent Koscielny (Achilles), midfielder Mesut Ozil (knee), goalkeeper David Ospina (thigh), striker Yaya Sanogo (hamstring), midfielder Abou Diaby (calf), France forward Olivier Giroud (fractured foot) are all still out, along with long-term absentee Mathieu Debuchy (ankle).

Arsenal (from): Szczesny, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Monreal, Chambers, Flamini, Ramsey, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez, Welbeck, Martinez, Podolski, Arteta, Rosicky, Coquelin, Campbell, Bellerin.

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