The Gunners have had a season to remember so far with their strongest start to the league season in recent memory after almost nine years without silverware but the signing of Mesut Ozil in the summer and the rejuvenation of Aaron Ramsey have given the North Londoners plenty of reason for optimism.
Conversely, in the North East, Sunderland have had little if any reason for optimism after a disastrous start to the season under Paolo Di Canio who was sacked after just five months in charge at the Stadium of Light.
His tenure over the Black Cats was not short of incident or controversy but there were few who were sad to see him go. His replacement Gus Poyet has seemed to offer some consolation – the former Chelsea and Tottenham player arrived from a four-year spell in charge of Brighton & Hove Albion and whilst things have yet to go his way or fall in place just yet, the season is salvageable for Sunderland.
The Black Cats sit bottom of the table having taken just 8 points from a possible 39 after 13 games and with a goal difference of minus sixteen. They are six points from making it out of the relegation zone but their fate could not be more removed from that of the Gunners.
Aaron Ramsey is the North Londoners’ top scorer with 8 Premier League goals to his name with striker Olivier Giroud getting on the score sheet 7 times for the Gunners in the league this term. Their combined tally of 15 goals is more than Sunderland have scored as a team. The Black Cats have managed to find the back of the net just eight times this season.
What’s perhaps more reflective of their two tales is that Giroud and Ramsey have taken more shots than the entire Sunderland team – the Black Cats have managed just 30 shots on target in 13 games, averaging 2.3 shots on target per game.
Ramsey has taken 30 shots on goal and 17 on target whilst Giroud has taken 48 shots and had 16 of them on target – 78 shots between them and 33 on target in total.