Sunderland v Arsenal – PREVIEW, HEAD TO HEAD
Arsene Wenger has conceded that it is now a two-horse race between Leicester City and North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, but maintains his side have had a positive season, and are still looking to finish the season strongly.
Santi Cazorla has returned to training, though Jack Wilshere remains on the treatment table. Fourth-placed Manchester City provide the competition to keep Arsenal worried about their form.
Sunderland need to finish strongly to pull off another remarkable survival, with Norwich City and Newcastle United both providing stiff competition. Their 3-0 away victory at Norwich last weekend has given them hope – and Allardyce always enjoys rubbing up Wenger teams with his direct approach.
HEAD TO HEAD
Sunderland have won just one of their last 24 Premier League games against Arsenal (D8, L15).
Arsenal are unbeaten in 12 league matches against Sunderland (W8, D4) and have won on their last four league trips to the Stadium of Light.
Arsenal won 3-1 in December’s reverse fixture, and also beat the Black Cats by the same scoreline in the FA Cup third round in January.