Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon hoping to secure safety against Arsenal

Costel Pantilimon is hoping the side can spare the nerves of a final day trip to Chelsea and secure their Premier League status when they play Arsenal in mid-week.

Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon is hoping his side can secure their Premier League safety when they travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal. 

The Black Cats need just the one point from their final two games to secure their status in the top flight. They're currently in 16th place, three points above the relegation zone, but Hull City in 18th place have a superior goal difference and could climb above Sunderland if they beat Manchester United on the final day, and Dick Advocaat's side lose to both Arsenal and Chelsea.

Pantilimon is quoted in the Sunderland Echo, saying: “We
 still need one point to be sure we are safe, so I hope everything will be finished on Wednesday.

“It would be good to take at least a point at Arsenal.

“That’s the best way, I don’t want to wait until the last day at Chelsea.

“Sometimes, you have to wait until the last minute, but we’ve shown in the last few games that we have the team spirit to come away with something from Arsenal."

Sunderland have taken eight points from their last four games to put them in a position where they can keep their heads above water yet again in the Premier League.

With Arsenal struggling to break Swansea City down during their last outing at the Emirates Stadium - where they ended up losing 1-0 - the game plan of putting men behind the ball may be the way Dick Advocaat will approach this game, while looking to counter-attack. 

Arsenal, however, do have something to play for, as a win will ensure they secure their place in the group stages of next season's Champions League. It could be a fascinating contest with Sunderland seemingly coming into form at the right time. 

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