Sunderland desperation could help Arsenal, says Ray Parlour

The two sides meet in a very important clash on Sunday afternoon.

Sunderland’s desperate need for points could play into Arsenal’s hands, Ray Parlour has told Betsafe.

The two sides meet on Sunday, with the Black Cats in dire need of another win to give them a chance of avoiding relegation this season.

Sunderland are currently 18th in the table and a point from safety, meaning a win could take them out of the bottom three and above Norwich City.

Arsenal, though, need the points just as much as they seek to end the season strongly and secure their place in the top four and the Champions League next season.

And Parlour says that Sam Allardyce’s desire for points could open up the game, which would play into his old side’s hands.

“Arsenal have left themselves with work to do if they want to secure Champions League football for another season,” he told

“The Stadium of Light is a happy hunting ground for Arsenal, who have won four on the trot in the Premier League and suffered just two away defeats against them since the turn of the century.

“Sunderland’s desperate need of points could force Sam Allardyce into being more adventurous than he would usually like, and that could well play into Arsenal’s and, more specifically, Alexis Sanchez’s hands.”

The problem for Sunderland is that at this stage of the season, a draw is arguably not good enough for them, meaning they have to go for the win in the game.

Their need for all three points in the game was increased by Newcastle United’s draw at Liverpool on Saturday, with that result taking them level on points with their rivals.

That puts the pressure firmly on Sunderland again, and that may just suit Arsenal as Parlour suggests.

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