Sunderland’s record at the Emirates is as poor as everyone else’s, but that will count for little as they cement their Premier League status in north London.
Just a point is required to ensure their top-tier survival for another season, completing a springtime safety surge for the second campaign in succession.
This is not the thought process of the bwin odds masters, whose price of 19/4 doubts the north-east outfit will get that share of the spoils they crave, while at 9/1 they’ve got no hope of landing a win.
The bookies have the Gunners earmarked to encounter few difficulties in pursuit of penultimate game glory, priced up at 3/10 for three points, but with little to play for on the home side’s behalf the chances of an upset are significant.
With that in mind, the 5/2 double-chance price saying the match won’t yield defeat for Sunderland must be worth a punt.
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It’s an unlikely eventuality, but it’s one that can be realised based on current form.
A walloping at the hands of Crystal Palace is the only defeat Dick Advocaat has suffered since the opening match of his short-term tenure in charge of the Wearsiders.
In the Dutchman’s seven games at the helm, the Black Cats have almost doubled their Premier League win count for the season, raising their tally from four wins to seven under his guidance.
Sunderland’s victory at Everton in their last road game snapped the Toffees’ six-match winning streak at Goodison Park, where they hadn’t lost in 2015.
Akin to Roberto Martinez’s men at home, Arsenal have also savoured an excellent year so far, but their recent form isn’t especially impressive.
A 3-1 win at Hull is their only triumph from five, with extra-time being required to see off Reading in the FA Cup semi-final while draws with Chelsea and Manchester United bookend last week’s reverse against Swansea.
The Swans’ spoiling tactics worked sublimely at the Emirates on this occasion and the formula has also reaped rewards for Sunderland in the not too distant past.
Two goalless draws were procured across their previous four ventures to this corner of the capital, the latter coming despite having just 29.9% possession.
A reversion to this modus operandi means obtaining a point at Arsenal is far from impossible.