Sunderland will have to do something special to get a second successive London win against Arsenal this weekend.
The Gunners haven’t lost at home since their surprise opening day defeat against West Ham and they’ll expect nothing less than three points on Saturday.
I can’t see Big Sam getting a tear in his eye if he gets a point at the Emirates on Saturday
A lot of Arsenal fans think this season gives them their best chance of winning the title for many years and looking at the Premier League table, they’re just two points off top spot and with nobody running away with it, it’s up for grabs.
Last year’s fixture at the Emirates was an unforgettable occasion, as Premier League survival was guaranteed with a goalless draw which led to great celebrations from our travelling fans, the players and Dick Advocaat.
Advocaat’s emotional reaction at the final whistle will probably be the image most of us remember in the years to come when recalling the Dutchman’s time at Sunderland and it endeared him to supporters, as they recognised a manager who wasn’t just doing a professional job, but had also made a real connection with the club.
I can’t see Big Sam getting a tear in his eye if he gets a point at the Emirates on Saturday, or even all three, but another goalless draw would suit him just fine as he continues to improve Sunderland’s defensive record.
He’ll surely continue with a system which served him well in the last couple of games, but Arsenal will be its biggest test yet, as their intricate passing and movement is all about pulling players out of position and they’ll stretch Sunderland to their limits.
But with two consecutive wins, Sunderland go to the Emirates with the pressure off for a change, and as nobody will give them a chance against the Gunners, they can play with no fear, confidence and a freedom which wouldn’t have been possible a fortnight ago.