Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone says that his former side Arsenal don’t like to travel up to the Stadium of Light with the two teams set to meet this weekend, the club’s official website reports.
Despite still occupying a place in the bottom three, Sunderland have been gradually improving under Sam Allardyce, and two defeats in their last nine league games demonstrate that.
This weekend the Wearside club take on an Arsenal side looking to consolidate a place in the top four, and goalkeeper Mannone has said that the North London club won’t enjoy the trip to the Stadium of Light.
“We need to make it difficult for them because we are fighting for points. When I was an Arsenal player I knew they didn’t like to travel all the way up here,” the Italian told Sunderland’s official website.
“It is a horrible place and a horrible feeling when the Stadium of Light is very loud, so we can put that pressure on them and force them into making mistakes.”
Arsenal’s recent record on Wearside is excellent, winning on their last four visits in the Premier League.
However, the Gunners have notoriously struggled when facing a Sam Allardyce side away from home and the Black Cats boss knows his side can frustrate the Gunners this weekend.
Both teams are desperate for points which should make for a decent spectacle, though if offered now a draw would probably be accepted by the two rival managers considering what is at stake.