Premier League (EPL) 18 Aug 2012 Arsenal FC 0 – Sunderland 0
FA Cup (FA) 18 Feb 2012 Sunderland 2 – Arsenal FC 0
Premier League (EPL) 11 Feb 2012 Sunderland 1 – Arsenal FC 2
Premier League (EPL) 16 Oct 2011 Arsenal FC 2 – Sunderland 1
Premier League (EPL) 5 Mar 2011 Arsenal FC 0 – Sunderland 0
The Gunners have lost just one of their last nine trips to the north east in the Premier League (W3 D5 L1).
Arsenal have won 10 and lost just one of their last 18 Premier League games against Sunderland, but they did lose in last season’s FA Cup against the Wearsiders at the Stadium of Light.
Arsenal have conceded 62% of their goals in the first half of games – a league high proportion – and conceded fewer in total after the break than any other team (11).
Arsenal’s attack has considerably improved. In the reverse fixture earlier this season just three of Arsenal’s 23 attempts at goal were on target as they drew 0-0.
Their defence however have been incredibly inconsistent have made 13 errors leading to a goal in the Premier League this season; more than any other team in the league.
Lukas Podolski has been at the forefront of this improvement as he has been involved in 10 goals in his last eight Premier League appearances for Arsenal (four goals, six assists).
Per Mertesacker injured his ankle ligaments on Sunderland’s poor pitch in this fixture last season and the Black Cats took advantage to open the scoring in a 1-2 defeat to the Gunners. He consequently missed the rest of the season.
Sunderland have won just one game against a team in the top half of the table this season (W1 D5 L7).
Sunderland’s Danny Rose scored his one and only Premier League goal with his infamous volley on debut against Arsenal while playing for the Spuds.
If only second half performances were taken into account, Arsenal would be 2nd in the Premier League table to Man City on goals scored (49 points each).
There have been fewer goals scored at the Stadium of Light than at any other Premier League ground (26), in contrast to the most being netted at Arsenal’s Stadium the Emirates (51).
Sunderland have won five of their last nine Premier League games (losing the other four) after winning just four of their previous 29 (drawing 13 and losing 12).
The north east outfit boast Steven Fletcher who has scored the first goal of the game six times this season – more often than any other Premier League player and Stephane Sessegnon, who has been fouled more often than any other player this season (61).
Sunderland 0 Arsenal 2
Note: Stats from opta/Uk Eurosport