Arsenal vs Sunderland: Famous 1-0 home win on cards

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Arsenal once made a habit of winning their home games 1-0 under the guidance of George Graham and the supporters can bring out the old songs at the Emirates for the visit of Sunderland.

Goals have been relatively sparse in the most recent fixtures between the pair, with the net only being found eight times in the last seven showdowns.

Sunderland have found goals especially hard to come by on their latest trips to the Emirates, failing to find the target in all of their last three visits.

Therefore, a 1-0 Arsenal victory could be the value bet of the encounter at Premier League odds of 7/1.

Sunderland’s prospects of ending their goal drought at the Emirates will not be helped by the fact that Nicklas Bendtner is unable to take part because of the terms of his loan agreement from Arsenal.

Arsenal’s odds are 2/5 to beat Sunderland and they will need to start a winning run soon of they still harbour hopes of competing for a top-four spot this season.

Robin van Persie is one player that does tend to enjoy Sunderland’s away days with Arsenal as he has scored three goals against the Black Cats in his three home appearances against them.

He is arguably Arsenal’s best hope of a goal and can be backed at 3/1 to open the scoring.

Another likely source of a goal is Gervinho and he appeals at 6/1 in the same market.

Arsenal’s defensive injury troubles give Sunderland some hope of victory and they are 7/1 to triumph.

They have also been far more productive in front of goal of late with eight goals in their last four matches.

Sunderland would almost certainly be happy with a repeat of the point they took from the Emirates last season and it is 7/2 that the game ends a draw.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.