When Darren Bent’s first-half strike proved decisive in last November’s memorable 1-0 win over Arsenal, even the most pessimistic of Sunderland supporters cannot have imagined what was to come.
This weekend, desperate for points, the Black Cats will ironically face the Gunners again having not won any of their 13 league games since. Whereas when the last time the clubs faced each other Sunderland had realistic aspirations towards European qualification, they are now just three points above the drop-zone, and games are running out for Steve Bruce’s men to get the necessary points for Premier League survival. A myriad of factors can be highlighted when asking what exactly has gone wrong on Wearside. Steve Bruce’s decision at the beginning of the season to have a small squad of players now seems na