EPL Round 25: Arsenal Have a Good Chance to Improve Their Standing on the Table

H Andel@Gol Iath @gol_iathAnalyst IIIFebruary 10, 2012

Which team will be left standing after the match?
Which team will be left standing after the match?Julian Finney/Getty Images

Arsenal could climb into fourth place on the Premiership table if they win at Sunderland with more than three goals and Chelsea lose at Everton.

That's the tall dream.

It's not going to happen, or rather, it's unlikely to happen.

So there's no fourth place this week.

But with Newcastle United away at Tottenham Hotspur, and with an inferior goal difference, Arsenal stand a good chance at regaining fifth position on the table.

For this to happen, Newcastle have to lose at Spurs and Arsenal have to win at Sunderland. Although a win for Arsenal and a draw for Newcastle will still take the Gunners above the Magpies.

Liverpool are likely to get trashed at Manchester United (sorry Kopites). That's good news to Gooners, as that would give Arsenal a four-point advantage if they win at Sunderland. 

A draw for both teams will maintain this week's standing for both for another week. Losses will not alter the standing of either team on the table.

Of the three teams—Arsenal, Newcastle, Liverpool—Arsenal are the likelier to win this week, although the in-form Sunderland will prove a hard nut to crack.

Mikel Arteta acknowledges as much:

Martin O’Neill has done a terrific job. He has changed the results and the team has really [improved] since he has been there.

It is amazing, he has made a big difference. It will be tough - playing up there is never easy and it is even tougher when you play in February in this weather. 

Notwithstanding the difficulty of winning at the Stadium of Lights, or of O'Neill's terrific job with the team since he took over, Arteta is still convinced Arsenal will be able to beat Sunderland.

It is up to us, though, we have to know that we are in for a big battle. They are on a very good run and they are confident, but if we play our game we have a big chance to win it. 

We are playing them twice in seven days, which will be really strange. You play against them, and then seven days later, you play against the same players and you could be a bit concerned about what the previous result was, and what you did wrong or right. It is a bit strange.

Arsenal.com provide the following match stats:

  • Arsenal have not won at the Stadium of Light since May 2008 when Theo Walcott scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory
  • Sunderland are the Premier League's form side based on the last eight matches, with six wins and a draw in that spell
  • The Black Cats are currently ranked ninth in the division's home form table
  • Arsenal are 11th in the Premier League away table with four wins from their 12 matches on the road this season
  • The Gunners are the division's third-highest goalscorers, however, hitting an average of 1.91 strikes per game
  • Sunderland, meanwhile, have scored in 75 per cent of their league matches this season
  • Freddie Ljungberg scored the last hat-trick in meetings between the two sides, hitting a treble in a 4-0 win at the Stadium of Light in May 2003


What's your opinion? Do you think Arsenal will win at Sunderland?


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