Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce’s record against Arsenal

Sam Allardyce and Arsene Wenger
Sam Allardyce and Arsene Wenger
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Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has not hidden his joy at getting results against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in the past.

And he’ll be eager to grab another win when the Black Cats take on the Gunners at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

Big Sam was getting on top of the rivalry now.

Allardyce’s best record against Arsenal came in his spell at Bolton when he had four wins to leave Wenger miserable.

Big Sam also had a win against Arsenal when manager of Blackburn.

In total, Allardyce’s record against the Gunners reads: Won 5, Drawn 7, Lost 16.

In the 2001/2 season, Big Sam’s Bolton took a point from London after drawing 1-1, thanks to a Michael Ricketts goal.

The return saw Wenger’s men triumph 2-0 after strikes from Freddie Ljungberg and Sylvain Wiltord.

The following season, Arsenal had a 2-1 home win against Bolton but were held to a 2-2 draw in Lancashire when the home goals came from Youri Djorkaeff and a Martin Keown own goal.

It was a similar story in 2003/4, with Arsenal winning 2-1 in London, but held 1-1 at Bolton, whose goal came from Henrik Pedersen.

The 2004/5 campaign brought Allardyce’s first win against the North London giants, a 1-0 home victory thanks to a goal from Styliano Giannakopoulos.

The away game also brought a point after a 2-2 draw, Bolton’s goals score by Radhi Jaidi and Pedersen again.

Big Sam was getting on top of the rivalry now. The following season, another goal from Giannakopoulos and one from Abdoulaye Faye saw Bolton win 2-0 at home.

The away game was a 1-1 draw with Kevin Nolan netting for the Trotters.

Giannakopoulos was again a goal hero for Bolton as they knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 home win.

Wenger’s mood on visits to Bolton didn’t improve in the 2006/7 season, goals from Nicolas Anelka (2) and Abdoulaye Faye giving the home side a 3-1 victory.

The Gunners won their home clash 2-1 and then knocked Bolton out of the FA Cup with a 3-1 away win after extra-time.

Allardyce faced Wenger just once as manager of Newcastle United and took a point from a 1-1 home draw, Steven Taylor getting the Magpies’ goal.

Arsenal initally dominated Allardyce’s Blackburn Rovers side, winning 4-0 and 6-2.

But Sam got another win under his belt when Rovers won 2-1 in the 2009/10 campaign thanks to goals from David Dunn and Chris Samba.

That, though, was Allardyce last triumph over Wenger - and he has lost his nine games against Arsenal.

There was a home defeat while still boss at Blackburn, and then home and away defeats as manager of West Ham in three successive seasons.

This season, in charge of Sunderland, Allardyce has had two 3-1 defeats at the Emirates, in the league and the FA Cup.

Let’s hope that run comes to an end on Sunday, and Sam will be smiling again!