Opta Stats: Arsenal v Sunderland

Can Sam Allardyce get one over his old enemy when Sunderland meet Arsenal?
Can Sam Allardyce get one over his old enemy when Sunderland meet Arsenal?

Both Arsenal and Sunderland are in need of a decent result when the two teams meet. Opta crunches the numbers so you don't have to.

"Sunderland ‘keeper Costel Pantillimon has made a league-high 59 saves this season in the Premier League."

Under 2.5 goals is 2.486/4.

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 11 top-flight clashes with Sunderland (W7 D4) and have suffered defeat in just one of the last 23 versus them. They are 1.292/7 to win.

Sunderland have now won as many league games in six games under Sam Allardyce as they had in 17 matches under Dick Advocaat (3). You can back Sunderland to win at 14.013/1.

Allardyce has lost seven successive Premier League games against Arsenal and hasn't beaten the Gunners in the competition since May 2010 (Blackburn 2-1 Arsenal). Arsenal are 1.834/5 to win half-time/full-time.

On home soil, the Gunners are yet to lose to the Black Cats in the Premier League (W9 D5), although four of the last seven top-flight meetings at the Emirates have ended 0-0. The draw is 6.411/2.

Indeed, that total of four home goalless draws is the most by Arsenal against any opponent in the Gunners' Premier League history. Another 0-0 draw is priced at 20.019/1.

French striker Olivier Giroud has had a hand in five goals in his five Premier League appearances against Sunderland (three goals, two assists). He is 1.548/15 to score.

Mesut Ozil and Santiago Cazorla have exchanged passes 339 times this season in the top-flight, 40 more than any other combination between two players. Ozil is 2.47/5 to find the net.

Ozil has had a hand in 13 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances (two goals, 11 assists). He is 6.05/1 to score the first goal.

The Gunners have now gone three games without a Premier League win (D2 L1) - they last went four games without tasting victory last April. You can lay Arsenal at 1.330/100.

Sunderland 'keeper Costel Pantillimon has made a league-high 59 saves this season in the Premier League. Under 2.5 goals is 2.486/4.

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