Watmore needs more games to regain full fitness - Allardyce

Norwich City and manager Alex Neil face a watching brief this weekend

Sam Allardyce lost just three of the first 11 Premier League meetings with Arsene Wenger (W3 D5 L3), but has lost 11 of the last 13 (W1 D1 L11). We came out of West Ham and Crystal Palace thinking we had produced the quality and didn't get the points.

"I think Sunderland can do it because they have done it before and they are used to hard situations".

"We have Arsenal to face on Sunday and they played well to beat West Brom on Thursday - it was at their ground, though, and they can find it a bit more hard away from home", Allardyce said.

The flashpoint occurred early in Sunderland's 3-0 victory, when their defender DeAndre Yedlin was shoved into the advertising hoardings beside the dugout, sparking angry scenes of pushing and shoving between both sides' players and coaching staff.

Arsenal: Even though Arsenal is out of contention to win the Premiership, they need to clinch a spot in the Champions League for next season, since both Manchester clubs are fighting for a Champions League spot.

The hosts have nevertheless been hard to overcome with just one defeat in their last six matches, yet four draws in that sequence and just that solitary win at Carrow Road has seen them unable to climb out of trouble.

The midfielder hasn't featured for Arsenal this season after getting injured in August, but could be in line for an appearance at the Stadium of Light as he attempts to boost his hopes of playing for England at Euro 2016.

Arsenal's recent record on Wearside is excellent, winning on their last four visits in the Premier League.

Sunderland have won just four of their last 17 Premier League matches at the Stadium of Light (W4 D6 L7). Both games saw Joel Campbell, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud net the Gunners' goals.

Jermain Defoe grabbed his 16th goal of the season - his tenth in 14 away fixtures - seven minutes after half-time when he slid in at the back post to convert Borini's cross following some excellent work by Jan Kirchhoff. Sunderland, meanwhile, have picked up under Big Sam, winning at Norwich last week.

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