Our match prediction:
Despite showing a great deal of potential in the crucial stage of the season, Sunderland struggled to end a winless run, but they showed a great deal of character to record a 3-0 win over relegation rivals Norwich on the road, thus seriously improving their survival hopes. The Black Cats may still be in the bottom three, but they have a game in hand on the Canaries and they stand a good chance of surviving the season. Sunderland head into the Arsenal game high on confidence, and they will be looking to make life difficult for their more illustrious opponents. The Gunners have finally stabilised their Premier League form, recording three wins and two draws in last five to reclaim the third position in the standings. However, the self-doubt that eventually ended their title bid is still present, and we are not prepared to predict an away win here. With Sunderland playing good football at the moment, we expect the two sides to cancel each other out.
Highligted Player (Cech):
Petr Cech is a veteran goalkeeper who plays for Premier League side Arsenal. The experienced goalkeeper used to play for Arsenal’s fierce rivals Chelsea in the past and many people were shocked when he signed a four-year contract with the Emirates Stadium outfit on 29 June, 2015. Petr Cech was always struggling with injuries, but one definitely marked his career. During the clash between Reading and Chelsea the Czech goalkeeper collided with Stephen Hunt and, as a result, he suffered a skull fracture. This is the reason he has been forced to wear a protective headgear ever since. Petr Cech won four Premier League trophies with Chelsea, while lifting four FA Cup titles. However, in 2012 Cech won the Champions League trophy with the Blues and that is considered the highlight of his career. Petr is married to Martina Dolejsova (now Cechova) and they have a son Darmian and a daughter Adela.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title. Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since. Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.