Sunderland v Arsenal: No excuses for Gunners based on these five stats

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The stats suggest Arsenal should be confident of a win against Sunderland this weekend.

Sunderland V Arsenal

Arsenal will be the heavy favourites heading into their game against Sunderland this weekend as they look for a better performance than they produced against Hull City last weekend.

The Gunners will try and prey on the eight goals Sunderland conceded last weekend, which will still leave Gus Poyet’s side a little shocked at the way they imploded against Southampton.

The stats suggest that Arsenal are better going forward and in defence though bear in mind over half of the goals Sunderland have conceded this season came in that match last weekend.

Arsenal simply dominate in other areas with more passes, more interceptions and more aerial duels won so far this season, which suggests Sunderland may have to come up with something new to try and get a result.

The aerial duels won stat is an interesting one considering the perception Arsenal are a small side. If Sunderland try and hurt Arsenal over the top or with set pieces then they could struggle because the Gunners are effective in terms of aerial duels.

Conclusion: The only way Sunderland can really try and get a result is by frustrating their opponents with dogged and determined defending. Arsenal need to be patient because there is enough creativity in their side to make good chances over the course of the game.

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