|6||West Ham Utd||17||8||7||2||30||20||+10||31|
|7||West Ham Utd||17||6||7||4||27||23||+4||25|
|2||West Bromwich Albion||41||74||3||330|
|8||West Ham United||41||62||6||282|
- Caution 4 pts
- Denial of a goal scoring opportunity or dismissal for 2 cautions 10 pts
- Violent conduct, serious foul play, spitting or offensive and abusive language 12 pts
The nearer the bottom the better it is, in terms of this table.
Jack Rodwell is back for Sunderland after being out illness but Jeremain Lens still has the virus, and DeAndre Yedlin has a dodgy ankle.
Jack Wilshere might be on the beach – which in Sunderland is not an alluring prospect – and really I think this is not the place to start. Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky are still training, which means our one injury is the Ox. Physioroom has Sunderland with four players out. Top of the injury table are Palace, Liverpool and Stoke.
Inevitably Sunderland are now a totally defensive team against the bigger sides and that is showing with the lack of goals being let in of late. But we have won six of the last seven against Sunderland, scoring two or more in five of the last six against them. And we have scored two or more in each of our last five away games in the Premier League.
Sunderland on the other have have won one in the last 24 against us. Of the rest eight were drawn and 15 lost. We won the fixture at the Ems 3-1 in December and got the same score against them in the FA Cup in January.
In total we’ve had 12 league games against them without defeat, winning eight. And to help matters along Sunderland have won only four of their last 17 league games at the fancifully named “Stadium of Light”.
But if you really insist on finding something a bit grotty to say, it has to be that we have won only three of the last 11 Premier League away games.
However I can’t let it all be negative, so let’s have the fact that Alexis Sanchez has scored four goals and given three assists in his last six Premier League games. Aaron Ramsey has scored three goals in his last four Premier League appearances against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Thus we have…
Iwobi Ozil Alexis
Monreal Kos Mert Bellerin
Lurking around on the beach we might spot Ospina, Chambers, Gibbs, Walcott, Giroud, Gabriel, Elneny. I’ve left out Wilshere because I don’t think he’s truly ready to come back in a game we have to win.
- The agenda is changing as the Guardian and Telegraph pick up the issue of referee accuracy.
- Sunderland v Arsenal Sunday 24 April 2016 – The Match Officials. A point with this ref would be a miracle.
- Oh God forgive me when I whine…
More from the Arsenal History Society
- Joseph Cooper: the most mysterious of all the mysterious Arsenal players
- Reg Tricker: came from India, signed by Chapman, moved on to Margate.
- John Storrs who played in our first season, but then vanished.
The series on Arsenal in the 1970s is now complete – there is a full index on the AHS site.
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