Sunderland v Arsenal – FACTS, QUOTES
Sunderland have won none of their last 12 Premier League matches against Arsenal (L8 D4).
The Gunners are unbeaten in their last five Premier League trips to the Stadium of Light, winning the last four in a row (D1).
Olivier Giroud made his Premier League debut against Sunderland and has scored four goals in his last four appearances against them.
Aaron Ramsey has scored three goals in his last four Premier League appearances against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats have scored just eight goals in their last 16 Premier League games against The Gunners.
Arsenal have won just three of their last 11 Premier League away games (W3 D5 L3) after winning 10 of the previous 12 (W10 D1 L1).
Sunderland have won just four of their last 17 Premier League matches at the Stadium of Light (W4 D6 L7).
The Gunners have enjoyed two 3-1 victories against Sunderland already this season, in the league and in the FA Cup. Both games saw Joel Campbell, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud net the Gunners’ goals.
Sam Allardyce lost just three of the first 11 Premier League meetings with Arsene Wenger (W3 D5 L3), but has lost 11 of the last 13 (W1 D1 L11).
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has scored nine goals in his 14 Premier League appearances in 2016 so far.
Arsene Wenger: “We want to finish as high as possible. You never know what happens in front of you,” he added.
“There can still be twists and turns but we want to win our games. We came out of West Ham and Crystal Palace thinking we had produced the quality and didn’t get the points. If you look at our last five games, we won at Everton, we won against Watford, we had two draws and we won [against West Brom].
“The regret we have is being in the lead against West Ham and being in the lead against Crystal Palace and not getting the points. I don’t know where we’ll finish but we have to give everything in every game. We go to Sunderland (on Sunday), Sunderland fight not to go down. That will be a battle and we have to prepare for that.”
Sam Allardyce: “It’s our responsibility to get as many points as we can, we can’t worry about what others do… We need to try and win at least three out of the five games – I think that’ll be enough. And that starts on Sunday – let’s create an upset. [On Jermain Defoe playing on his own up front successfully] He’s been brainwashed – and I was almost brainwashed – into the fact that he couldn’t play up front on his own, which is a bit of a nonsense, really. The number of goals he has scored since he has played up front on his own… Long may it continue.”