Arsenal travel to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland on Saturday afternoon in a fixture which has seen its fair share of memorable moments during the Premier League era.
There was a palpable sense of excitement when the two sides met in September 2013, as it marked the debut of Arsenal’s record signing Mesut Ozil. It did not take long for him to make an impact, as he supplied Olivier Giroud to open the scoring after 11 minutes.
Sunderland equalised against the run of play through a Craig Gardner penalty, but Aaron Ramsey restored the visitors’ lead. After they were harshly denied a second equaliser, the game was beyond the home side 14 minutes from time when Ramsey powered home a fine volley.
Best Individual Performance
Arsenal were unable to win the title in 2003 as they lost out to a resurgent Manchester United, but they ended the season with a 4-0 success on Wearside to condemn the hosts to a 15th straight defeat.
The star of the show was Fredrik Ljungberg, who netted a superb hat-trick before a crowd of 40,188. He completed his treble two minutes from time after the prolific Thierry Henry broke the deadlock after only seven minutes.
Most Dramatic Finish
Under Martin O’Neill, Sunderland produced a fine performance which saw them control the game for long spells in February 2012, but they still ended up on the losing side. James McClean put them in front on 70 minutes, but Aaron Ramsey soon guided a shot past Simon Mignolet to restore parity.
However, the champagne moment came right at the death as Thierry Henry, making the last appearance of his loan return to Arsenal, met a cross at the near post and volleyed home to spark wild celebrations from the away fans.
Most Bizarre Goal
Arsenal made an excellent start to the meeting in September 2010, and for so long they looked set for victory thanks to a highly unusual goal scored by Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard charged down a clearance from Simon Mignolet, and the ball flew into the net from around 40 yards.
However, it did not prove to be enough for all three points as Sunderland managed to find an equaliser in the dying moments. The ball fell invitingly at the feet of Darren Bent, who scored from close range.
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