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Summary

  1. Sunderland secure top-flight safety
  2. Final relegation spot between Hull and Newcastle
  3. Arsenal not yet mathematically secured third
  4. Gunners had 28 shots

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That's all from us tonight folks - see you on Sunday for the big finale.

  2. FULL-TIME

    Juventus 2-1 Lazio

    Juventus win the Coppa Italia to go with their league title. Next up, the Champions League...

  3. Post update

    Sunderland are safe

    Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on BBC Sport: "It is an important point. We are frustrated because we couldn't score. Sunderland are jubilant and they played like a team that wanted to be safe.

    "We nearly lost the game because we were so focused on winning. We were not sharp enough, not quick enough. We are physically less fresh. We played about 58 games and you can see that."

  4. 'A Houdini act'

    Sunderland are safe

    Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat on BBC Sport: "I am really proud of the group. The group has come so far, they have given everything. Organisation wise it was brilliant. I had a tear in my eye, I have to be honest.

    Houdini

    "Second half we had three or four 100% chances. Until the end it was a nervous breakdown. The most important thing is the players start believing, the good thing is I do things in the past and they know that and know I don't talk nonsense.

    When asked if he had been invited to stay at Sunderland next season he said; "Yes, I think so. But there is no answer yet.

    "Sam Allardyce said something about a Houdini act but this was the Houdini act."

  5. Post update

    Sunderland are safe

    Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says he is very proud of his players and says 'they have come such a long way.'

    He also says that he has been asked to stay on at Sunderland but he has no answer. Next week!

  6. Post update

    Juventus 2-1 Lazio

    Ten minutes of extra-time left in Rome and Andrea Pirlo has just hit a free-kick on target. Juventus closing in on another trophy.

  7. Manager reaction

    Sunderland are safe

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to Sky Sports: "We couldn't score and Sunderland defended well which is understandable because they knew they could be safe tonight. We tried and tried.

    Arsene Wenger

    "We gave a lot on Sunday to come back and you could see that the legs were not completely there tonight. At least we didn't concede and we got an important point.

    "We have some time to prepare and recover for the FA Cup final and I think we will do that.

    "Jack Wilshere gave a lot, he did alright. He had some good movement. But we are all frustrated because we didn't score."

  8. North of the border

    Rangers 2-0 Hibs

    Kenny Miller scores for Rangers

    A big win for Rangers in the play-offs tonight as they took a first-leg lead over Hibernian.

    Read the reaction from that game here.

  9. Post update

    Sunderland are safe

    Only Arsenal (5) & Burnley (6) have conceded fewer goals in the Premier League than Sunderland (7) since Dick Advocaat's appointment.

  10. Post update

    Sunderland are safe

    Arsene Wenger is smiling as he faces the cameras. 'You could see that our legs were not there tonight' he says.

  11. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Michael Juwon: Arsenal simply lacks the creativity and final touch to break down resolute defence. They always complain of team bus-parking.

    Mark Taylor: I am sick of so-called Arsenal fans who slag Arsene Wenger and team off if they don't win every game after five minutes. Should be ashamed.

    Viv: The longer Arsenal continues to field average/inconsistent strikers, the longer their wait for the PL title.

  12. Post update

    Sunderland are safe

    Sunderland have alternated between defeats and 0-0 draws on their eight visits to the Emirates Stadium.

  13. Manager reaction

    Sunderland are safe

    Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat on Sky Sports: "Arsenal had the possession but you know if you keep trying you get your chances. In the second half we had chances and we had to score.

    Dick Advocaat
    Image caption: The emotions of a man ready to walk away?

    "Arsenal were the better side but the organisation was unbelievably good. The emotion was so high. We only lost one in the last six and that is why they deserve to stay in.

    "Our defence was great. An unbelievable feeling we did it by ourselves. The players gave everything to stay up. It is a beautiful stadium, facilities are great, but last couple of years not always lucky with things we have done. The players started believing.

    "I will give an answer next week on my future."

  14. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Sho: Pass pass pass, try one-two, fail, rinse repeat cycle for 93mins. Boring, boring Arsenal. Well done Sunderland.

    Vaughan McKee: a phrase I never thought I would mutter: 'defensive performance from Jermain Defoe.' Top work!

  15. Post update

    Sunderland are safe

    A reminder of the crucial final day games at the foot of the table then.

    Hull v Man Utd

    Newcastle v West Ham

    Hull must win, anything else and they are down. Newcastle can be caught if Hull win and they do not.

  16. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Harry Chalvet: Advocaat's tears are of joy because he has finally realised he's Mourinho in disguise after those tactics tonight.

    George Gray: Arsenal fans all moaning about teams defending against them, learn to break teams down and credit good defending.

  17. GOAL

    Juventus 2-1 Lazio - Alessandro Matri (97 mins)

    Italian Coppa Italia

    Juventus takes the lead

    Pavel Nedved is buzzing up in the stands as Juventus forge ahead in extra-time. Alessandro Matri picks up the pieces after a long ball forwards and bundles the ball home.

  18. Post update

    Sunderland are safe

    John O'Shea also pays tribute to former manager Gus Poyet and says that the club must get away from trouble again next season.

    Will they be down there again next season?

  19. 'It's fantastic!'

    Sunderland are safe

    OShea

    Sunderland captain John O'Shea, speaking on Sky Sports: "It's fantastic. I saw a Sky advert for survival Sunday and Sunderland featured on it and I thought 'oh my God we have to get away from that'. The manager has been brilliant."

    Forward/left-back Jermain Defoe: "When that final whistle went you can imagine the feeling. The relegation battle has been scary."

  20. Post update

    Sunderland are safe

    Sunderland are safe and Arsenal need a point against West Brom to triple-stamp third spot. They can't now finish second.

  21. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Sunderland are safe

    Mathew Penistone: The Ozil is rubbish bandwagon again. Blame the selection which means every player runs into his space rather than creates it!

  22. Post update

    Juventus 1-1 Lazio

    Coppa Italia final

    Juvenuts coach Allegri

    In Rome there are some tired-looking players as the Coppa final goes into extra time. Can Juve stay on target for a treble?

  23. Post update

    Sunderland are safe

    Arsenal had 28 shots on goal tonight and Costel Pantilimon in the Sunderland goal was forced to make eight saves.

    Get that man his clean sheet bonus.

  24. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Sunderland are safe

    Charlie Jenner: I am pleased for Sunderland staying up but a team of Arsenal's quality should be winning these sort of games

    Sule Sadiq: Sick and tired of teams playing 11 men behind the ball against us. It's disgusting. Boring Boring Sunderland.

    Joshua Edwards: Would it be unfair to ask Arsenal for that completely wasted 90 minutes of my life back?

  25. Post update

    Sunderland are safe

    What now for Dick Advocaat? The Sunderland manager is out of contract in the summer but surely they will keep him on?

    Dick Advocaat
  26. Post update

    Sunderland are safe

    I've rarely seen a worse top-flight performance than Sunderland's against Crystal Palace recently. They were an absolute shambles.

    But all credit to Dick Advocaat and his side, they came up trumps when it really mattered and have secured safety ahead of Sunday's clash with champions Chelsea.

    Sunderland celebrate at the full time whistle

    Manager Dick Advocaat is in tears as he celebrates with his players and staff, the away fans will remember that rearguard display for years and years to come.

  27. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Sunderland

    Dick Advocaat celebrates at full time

    Sunderland will be in the Premier League next season - a ninth straight campaign in the top flight.

  28. FULL-TIME

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    SUNDERLAND ARE SAFE!

    Sunderland fans celebrate another year in the Premier League
  29. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Dick Advocaat can hardly watch...

  30. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Classic moment in the away end as the referee blows for a foul and plenty of fans think it's full-time! Not yet lads, not yet...

  31. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Still Arsenal come, still John O'Shea and co head the ball away. Arsenal short of ideas but high on intent.

  32. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jeremiah Kariuki: The Black Cats really fighting with all claws for this one point, that will ensure they survive relegation fears!

  33. INJURY TIME

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Santi Cazorla has completed more passes in the opposition half in this game than any other player has managed this season in the Premier League.

    That doesn't get you any points though. THREE MINUTES added on.

  34. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Lee Cattermole clears his lines for the umpteenth time, just a few more crosses to withstand...

  35. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    A Sunderland fan

    "These are excruciating moments for Sunderland's fans as they count down the seconds. So close to Premier League survival and their team fighting for everything in their own penalty area."

  36. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Aaron Ramsey's cross/shot drifts past the far corner...

  37. GREAT SAVE!

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Another big hand from Costel Pantilimon! Top stop this one from the Sunderland keeper, wrists of steel, to force out Theo Walcott's powerful shot and put it clear of the oncoming Aaron Ramsey...

  38. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland break for the first time in a long time but they waste it, Jermain Defoe's pass is poor and Steven Fletcher is offside. Back to defending...

  39. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    FIVE minutes of normal time left for Sunderland to see out.

    Steven Fletcher
  40. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland really hanging on now! Olivier Giroud's low shot is parried out and Theo Walcott can't force the loose ball over the line...

    Theo Walcott
  41. CLOSE!

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Tomas Rosicky straight into the action as he plays a one-two with Theo Walcott and then flashes a shot across goal. He can laugh about it...

  42. SUBSTITUTION

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Arsenal throw on Tomas Rosicky for the last 10 minutes, he replaces Mesut Ozil. It looks increasingly like finishing 0-0 though.

  43. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland have used all of their subs and have a nervous few moments when Seb Larson needs treatment but he's able to continue. That will add on some injury time though.

  44. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Santi Cazorla has played 129 passes in the Arsenal midfield, Sunderland's most prolific distributor has been Lee Cattermole with 35.

    Lee Cattermole
  45. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Fifteen to go. A big 15 minutes for Sunderland, possibly for Hull fans too. As it stands Sunderland are safe.

  46. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    That is extraordinarily close! Aaron Ramsey's cross is missed by Seb Coates, it strikes Billy Jones right behind him on the shoulder and loops up against the inside of the crossbar and bounces away. So close!

  47. CLOSE!

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Theo Walcott

    Theo Walcott's introduction is a lively one, bursting into a pocket of space, chipping Costel Pantilimon from the tightest of angles but there's no power on the shot and Sebastian Coates is cool enough to clear his lines.

  48. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    I'd like to argue with you Stavros but to be honest I can't recall the last time I saw Mesut Ozil have a memorable game.

    Into the final 20 minutes. Sunderland can plan their trips to Old Trafford and Anfield instead of Ashton Gate and Milton Keynes if it stays like this.

    Bristol City's Ashton Gate Stadium
  49. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Geoff Ramm: Since when did good defending get confused with parking the bus?

    Gregory Mandapat: If this result holds, surely Man Utd won't beat Hull by 8 goals, even with the Tigers fighting for survival. Surely..

    Stavros Makrozachopo: With all due respect i think Mesut Ozil is playing because of his reputation and nothing more. He's absolutely shocking.

  50. CLOSE!

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    What a chance! Patrick van Aanholt has a shot from 25 yards out, he scuffs it rather and it turns into a pass for Steven Fletcher, ghosted the wrong side of Per Mertesacker, six yards out, over!

    He was on the stretch but that was a massive chance.

  51. SUBSTITUTION

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Alexis Sanchez heads wide when off balance, I make that Arsenal's 20th attempt. Jack Wilshere has got through an hour of his first start since November and on comes Theo Walcott.

  52. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Theo Walcott is summoned. Can he be the ice-breaker? Under half an hour to go now.

  53. Post update

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Emirates Stadium

    Steven Fletcher sees his shot saved by David Ospina

    "Sunderland have had three very presentable chances here, two for Steven Fletcher and one from Patrick van Aanholt, and have not been able to beat Arsenal keeper David Ospina. How vital could that be?

    "The game is suddenly very stretched. Sunderland are dangerous at one end - but look a lot more vulnerable at the other. Nervous times."

  54. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Dick Advocaat shouts from the touchline

    It's a much better game to watch now, if not too open for Dick Advocaat's liking. Will Sunderland rue that miss from Steven Fletcher? A huge chance.

    Arsenal look like scoring now, they are cranking up the pressure...

  55. CLOSE!

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Great chance at both ends!

    First, Jack Wilshere's pass is brilliant to open up the game and Alexis Sanchez sees his strike brilliantly blocked by Sebastian Coates. Goal-saving.

    Jermain Defoe hooks the clearance downfield from left-back and Steven Fletcher is away! Clean through, he tries to chip David Ospina who is able to push it away. Poor finish.

    Fletcher tries to chip Ospina
  56. GREAT SAVE!

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Another good save from Costel Pantilimon, stretching out to catch a flying header from Kieran Gibbs. Arsenal's 15th effort of the night - is the game finally opening up?

  57. Text us on 81111

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Jordan Cooper: I'm watching the Italian cup final which is less defensive, now that's saying something.

    Shane Daly: Won't be before long that EVERY away team parks the bus, 19 away games, it may equal 20 points on the road

    Damian Fogarty: Arsenal look weary so far early in this second half. Sunderland had two good chances... if they had better quality finishing.

  58. GREAT SAVE!

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Costel Pantilimon

    Well done Costel Pantilimon! Big save from the big man, reacting superbly to keep out Olivier Giroud's flicked shot. Hector Bellerin's low cross was met on the volley by the Frenchman but Pantilimon's big hand clawed it away.

  59. Text us on 81111

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Jeremy: Arsenal look lost. Run out of ideas in the final furlong on yet another season.

    Andy in Norwich: As a fan I don't feel we need new players or a managerial change, but perhaps an improved attitude from supporters would make Arsenal a fantastic club and the envy of other teams.

  60. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Olivier Giroud's barren run continues as he can't force a header on target. Arsenal's last home goal was on 4 April...

  61. Vote results

    Vote

    Only 4.9% of you think Sunderland will be relegated. Hull, unsurprisingly, are your favourites for the drop.

  62. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    The Emirates stunned from near silence to all-but-total silence after those two Sunderland chances. Can Arsenal raise their game? It's proving very tough for them to break down this stubborn defending. Olivier Giroud does clip the top of the crossbar with a cross but it was never going in.

  63. GREAT SAVE!

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    And again! Sunderland, from nowhere, create two great chances as they now spring Patrick van Aanholt free behind Hector Bellerin. He can't get enough power in his shot though and David Ospina saves with his feet.

  64. GREAT SAVE!

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Steven Fletcher tries a shot

    Swansea set the template for a smash-and-grab win at Arsenal last time out, and now Sunderland have the best chance of the night! Adam Johnson picks out Steven Fletcher, but his shot is well clawed out by David Ospina!

  65. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Peter Parker: Come on Arsenal let's clinch second place! Make this season at least worthwhile.

    Deldude: As a Chelsea fan. I want Sunderland beaten by Arsenal...and we take our pound of flesh on Sunday and send them to Championship.

    Jeremiah Kariuki: Arsenal have over 70% ball possession, but very exposed at the back whenever Sunderland make a break! Another Swansea?

  66. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Arsenal have a running gag at our expense every week that there are 60,000 people at the Emirates. They've realised that they can't get away with it tonight so have revised the figure to 59, 897.

    Just the 103 empty seats tonight, yeah?

    The Emirates Stadium
  67. KICK-OFF

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Game on. Steven Fletcher is now up front on his own, so, so, so alone. His team-mates can only reach him by carrier pigeon.

  68. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Goonerama: I think we need a larger, slower vehicle to accurately describe what Sunderland are parking here. Crane? Ferry? Death Star?

  69. SUBSTITUTION

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Double sub for Sunderland as Jack Rodwell and Steven Fletcher come on for Connor Wickham and Danny Graham.

  70. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Yanis Gbl: Arsenal to lose here against Sunderland and then lose again on Sunday - and Man Utd to beat Hull. Any chance?

    David: The benefit of parking the bus in front of goal is you save energy not having to walk to the dressing room at half time.

  71. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland have Jack Rodwell and Steven Fletcher warming up at the break.

    Fletcher is going to play on the left of the back eight, with Rodwell sitting in front of it.

  72. Text us on 81111

    Andy Carroll

    Which footballer would you like to see on a bank note?

    Dale in Peterborough: Put Andy Carroll on a £20 note that the shopkeeper will always hand back to you with a sad shake of the head.

    Matt in London: Put Southampton's Sadio Mane on a few rogue notes in cash machines, but you only get two minutes and 56 seconds to spend it!

    Antony in Banchory: Put any Dundee United player on a bank note. They won't have seen one before and would be a rare treat!

  73. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    A reminder that if it stays like this then Sunderland will be safe, and Hull and Newcastle will fight for survival on the final day of the season on Sunday.

    Arsenal will have all-but secured third place, though Manchester United would have to hammer Hull. Which would of course relegate them.

    Got that? See me on Sunday.

  74. HALF-TIME

    Juventus 1-1 Lazio

    In Rome it's 1-1 at the break. Juventus chasing a treble.

    Carlos Tevez
  75. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Emirates Stadium

    "Very little of note to report from a dull first 45 minutes at Emirates Stadium - and Sunderland will be absolutely delighted with that. Halfway to the point they need to stay up."

  76. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Sule Sadiq: Think arsenal should stay on the pitch at half time and practice their shooting because so far it's been wayward.

    Allan Abbas: Too many midfielders feeding one mediocre striker. Giroud depends much on form to score goals.

    Damien Robson: Sunderland - just park the bus boys! No one will care if it means a point our way!

  77. HALF-TIME

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Wilshere and Larsson
  78. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Everybody involved with Arsenal, fans, players and no doubt staff, are growing frustrated now. Sunderland have set Arsenal a 10-man defensive puzzle and the Gunners can't solve it.

  79. Text us on 81111

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Alun in Manchester: Sunderland playing like Chelsea. Boring!

    James: As another nervous Newcastle fan I'm almost hoping for a Sunderland win! If Arsenal win Man Utd have nothing to play for. If Arsenal lose Man Utd can still reach third if they beat Hull on the last day and that might be the only way Newcastle survive this season.

  80. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Alexis Sanchez

    Down to walking pace as Alexis Sanchez has the ball in the box and is faced up by five defenders. He has so much time but still can't pick out a team-mate.

  81. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Peter Jackson: All this domination by Arsenal without scoring means that the likely result is Arsenal 0 - 1 Sunderland.

    Alex Maguire: Arsenal in May has been like Arsenal from Aug-Dec - indecisive, no penetration and lack of quality in the final third.

    Edmund Emiowei: Arsenal will never win the Premier League with Olivier Giroud as main striker. Fact.

  82. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland have FOUR MEN up in attack, good grief, and it ends with their first attempt on goal, Adam Johnson lashing one over the crossbar. Great pass from Jermain Defoe to start that counter.

  83. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Stats

    Looking at Danny Graham's touch map, the Sunderland front man is going to have a very long night...

  84. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Conor Wickham tackles

    So far, so very good for Sunderland. Their containing gameplan may not be interesting to watch but if they get the point they need to stay up then who cares?

  85. Text us on 81111

    Christian in Rickmansworth: Strange for there to be thousands of empty seats at the Emirates - the Arsenal website says this fixture is sold out!

  86. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    This is not so much a contest as an examination for Arsenal. Can they score against a 10-man defence?

  87. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Emirates Stadium

    Jermaine Defoe receives advice from Dick Advocaat

    "Sunderland have set themselves up for a very long night here - but Arsenal are just starting to threaten. A clear indication of Sunderland's approach is that Jermain Defoe has spent more time chasing back towards his own goal than he has getting anywhere near Arsenal's."

  88. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Ashley Out: Sunderland to lose next two by combined five goal margin, Newcastle to draw with West Ham and Hull to beat Manchester United - Sunderland go down on goals scored.

    Nick Lynch: Re: Sterling. Arsenal have their full quota of overpaid underachieving English internationals.

    James Brandon: If Arsenal get one soon this could be about five.

  89. CLOSE!

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Close! Arsenal getting closer. Jack Wilshere with a lovely 'Xavi' style chip pass over the top, up and down ultra-quick, Olivier Giroud has read the script and gets there first but can only flash a volley across the face of goal.

    Sunderland are rewriting the rules of parking the bus tonight. If Arsenal get one, I have no idea how the Black Cats will readjust. Their whole team could be contained within the average Premier League player's kitchen.

    Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat
  90. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Steve Bruce, John Carver and Dick Advocaat

    Michael Blighe: Looking at your vote it seems 32% of people have a lot of faith in Hull! As a Newcastle fan, I must admit I'm a tad on edge.

    Who do you think will lose their Premier League place out of Newcastle, Sunderland and Hull? You can vote on this page.

  91. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Alexis Sanchez with great feet again, leaving John O'Shea absolutely flummoxed before Mesut Ozil fires over the top. Sunderland have nine men in a 25-yard gap in front of their goal.

    Arsene Wenger could take his entire back four off.

  92. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Arsenal

    No surprises to see the average position of Arsenal (left) and Sunderland (right) players so far...

  93. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Alexis Sanchez plays in Jack Wilshere with a smart pass with the outside of his boot but the England man is caught on his heels before Kieran Gibbs blasts over the top.

    Sunderland owner Ellis Short is in the stands, reading our live text on his phone. I presume. Evening Ellis!

  94. Text us on 81111

    Kyle (a nervous Newcastle fan): Sat in the local pub hoping for an Arsenal win with my grandad who's a Sunderland supporter. I'm predicting a 2-1 Arsenal win with an Alexis Sanchez double.

  95. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Hmmm, Theo Walcott has scored 72 goals for Arsenal in nine years. Not quite a 20-a-season man.

    Theo Walcott

    Will he be off? He's not exactly first on the sheet is he?

  96. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Shanmugaraga CK: Arsene Wenger should never trade Theo Walcott for Raheem Sterling. Theo has no baggage, he can score 20 goals and provides width. Arsenal have three No 10s already.

  97. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Stats

    Arsenal well on top so far...

  98. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Sunderland's poverty of ambition is highlighted when Patrick van Aanholt breaks up an Arsenal attack, gets his head down and sprints 50 yards into open space. When he picks his head up seconds later, there is not a blue shirt within the Arsenal half!

    Arsenal then counter attack and it ends with Santi Cazorla firing in a low shot at Costel Pantilimon.

  99. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    That would have been a lovely, lovely goal! Arsenal counter at pace, Sunderland are in disarray. Mesut Ozil out on the right, cuts on to his left foot and arcs it over to Alexis Sanchez on the left. He volleys it back to Jack Wilshere, arriving on it, but he can't control the shot and flashes it over the bar.

  100. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown

    BBC Radio 5 live at Emirates Stadium

    "Sunderland are asking a lot of Jermain Defoe, while Adam Johnson is causing a few problems cutting in on his left foot from the right wing but is struggling defensively.

    Jack Wilshere and Jermaine Defoe

    "Arsenal are playing with great rhythm, and Jack Wilshere looks a lot stronger and more dynamic since coming back from injury. He's out to lay a claim for a place in the FA Cup final team."

  101. YELLOW CARD

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    By the Emirates' own low standards of crowd noise it's a quiet night in the stands. You can almost hear the players barking out orders.

    Aaron Ramsey generates some hubbub of dissent though when he is booked for clattering Seb Larsson.

  102. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Emirates Stadium

    "Subdued start in front of a subdued crowd here at The Emirates. Sunderland will be hoping it stays like this and they can pick up the point they need to guarantee Premier League survival. One area of concern for Black Cats' boss Dick Advocaat will be the time and space being afforded to Arsenal's Hector Bellerin on the right flank."

  103. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Jermain Defoe has got to go through the middle for Sunderland and he seems to have been switched now. Instantly he almost gets in onto a flick-on but David Ospina is out quickly to gather. Very alert from the Arsenal keeper.

  104. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Arsenal v Sunderland

    Fraser McIntosh: Hector Bellerin recently broke Arsenal's sprint record held by Thierry Henry and Theo Walcott. Easy to see why. Jet heels.

    Rasanga: Alexis Sanchez has lost possession five times in a row now. His passing in the final third needs to improve drastically.

    Stephen Flanagan: On Theo Walcott, I think he'll sign a new deal. He won't get into the starting 11 at Man City, Chelsea or Man Utd and he'll want Champions League football.

  105. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Jack Wilshere breaks into the box, Costel Pantilimon spreads himself well and makes a block. Good keeping! Both players are hurt but they will both be able to carry on I think.

    Former Arsenal man Vito Mannone is out warming up and gets a favourable reception from the home fans.

  106. GOAL

    Juventus 1-1 Lazio - Giorgio Chiellini (11 mins)

    Italian Coppa Italia

    Giorgio Chiellini

    That didn't last long then. Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini brilliantly flicks in a volley from close range to level.

  107. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Adam Johnson

    Adam Johnson with a wonderful touch and turn but it comes to nothing. Sunderland will hope that Johnson or Jermain Defoe on the other flank can cause problems on the break.

  108. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Sitting back and asking Arsenal to have a go seems a risky strategy from Sunderland to me. Asking Jermain Defoe to play as a wing-back is equally fraught with danger. Hector Bellerin skins him again and puts over a decent ball but there's nobody there to meet it. Ou est Giroud?

  109. GOAL

    Juventus 0-1 Lazio - Stefan Radu (4 mins)

    Italian Coppa Italia

    What a shock.

    Stefan Radu scores for Lazio

    Lazio captain Stefan Radu heads home in the opening minutes to stun Serie A champions Juventus in the Copa Italia final. The Old Lady are after a record 10th Copa Italia.

  110. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Seb Larsson - who started off at Arsenal - wastes the free-kick with a poor ball in.

  111. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Coates has to defend from Aaron Ramsey

    Peter Collins: When Sunderland sit deep, where is the width going to come from to hurt them? (Now fully expecting a rout to prove me wrong.)

  112. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Billy Jones of Sunderland is fouled

    It's been all Arsenal but Sunderland win a free-kick in a good area thanks to a good run from Billy Jones.

  113. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Eamonn McGurk: Good to see Jack Wilshere back but surely this looks like it will be Theo Walcott's final season at the Emirates!

    Stephan Flanagan: As a Gunner, I wouldn't welcome the arrival of Raheem Sterling. He's overrated! I want players who are loyal and proven - he's neither.

  114. KICK-OFF

    Juventus 0-0 Lazio

    Italian Serie A

    Lazio fans at the Coppa Italia final

    Game on in Rome.

  115. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Jermain Defoe is playing as an auxiliary left-back in the opening stages - but he is nowhere near quick enough to keep up with Hector Bellerin. He fires in a low cross which is crying out for a touch, and Seb Coates almost puts it in his own net! Dominant start from Arsenal.

  116. Post update

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Danny Graham is clipped in over the top and Arsenal's defence is caught out, but keeper David Ospina races out to clear his lines. Plenty of empty seats tonight.

  117. KICK-OFF

    Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland

    Jack Wilshere

    We are under way! Jack Wilshere - Roy Hodgson's preferred option at the base of a diamond - is starting on the right.

  118. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Which footballer would you like to see on a bank note?

    KaM: Create a £30 note and then put Kevin Phillips on it. Where's the next English player to score 30 goals in the Premier League coming from?

  119. Post update

    Juventus v Lazio (19:45 BST)

    Game time in Italy too. Will Juve continue to chase the treble? Or will Lazio pull off an upset?

    No Beppe Signori or Diego Fuser in their side tonight unfortunately...

  120. Post update

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown

    BBC Radio 5 live at Emirates Stadium

    "Life is tough if Arsenal are winning, for those substitutes. It's very difficult to get back into a winning team and that has been the case for Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere.

    "Wilshere has been looking especially sharp when he has come on since recovering from injury but for me Francis Coquelin has to play in the Cup final. He is the first name on the team sheet."

  121. Post update

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Arsenal have conceded just one goal in the opening 15 minutes of a match this season, fewer than any other team in the Premier League.

  122. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Which footballer would you like to see on a bank note?

    Mike Bradley: Stick Phil Jones on a £1 note. They seem to disappear when you need it most!

  123. Post update

    Phil McNulty at Emirates

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    "Not long to go until kick-off at The Emirates as Arsenal face Sunderland. Quite a few leaving it late - still thousands of empty seats around the stadium."

  124. Post update

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    If Daryl Murphy ends up being on a bank note Alex, I'll give you the money myself.

    The players are in the tunnel, John O'Shea rallies his Sunderland troops ahead of the massive figure of Costel Pantilimon. Sunderland need a point - will they get it?

  125. Text us on 81111

    Which footballer would you like to see on a bank note?

    Olly, Newcastle: If you put Fernando Torres on there, it would only end up being worth a tenner.

    Dan from Cheltenham: Surely it has to be Sir Geoff Hurst! He won us the World Cup in '66! Maybe Sir Bobby Charlton if not.

    Alex, Ampleforth, North Yorkshire: Got to be Daryl Murphy from Ipswich on the front, 27 goals this season for Ipswich and devilishly handsome.

  126. Post update

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Another fiver in the back pocket of Dario G as the Emirates pipe out his football ditty. Ten minutes from kick-off, barely a fan inside the ground. It's the end of the season alright...

  127. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

    Which footballer would you like to see on a bank note?

    Nathan C J Hood: Surely it has to be Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink! He was the source of Dutch inflation for 20 years.

    Scotty: Surely you'd have Arsene Wenger on your banknote. You know your money would be safe!

    Talha: I would like to see an Eric Cantona flying kick on one side and Paolo Di Canio push on the other side. Very artistic.

    Get in touch with your suggestions at #bbcfootball, pop on to the BBC Sport Facebook page or BBC Sport's Google+ area. You can also text us on 81111 in the UK only - don't forget to say who you are and where you are texting from.

  128. Arsenal set for Champions League group stage?

    Premier League

    A season of progress for the Gunners? They can still finish second.

  129. Manager view

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Sky Sports: "Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are very close to their best now. Theo will play an important part and on Sunday.

    "To stay in the Premier League Sunderland need a point, so it is not difficult to guess how they are going to play. Mathematically we want three points and we want to win at home. We have turned it around since January."

  130. Post update

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Now now Lottie - Raheem Sterling told BBC Sport last month that he is not a "money-grabbing 20-year old" after confirming he has turned down a new £100,000-a-week Liverpool deal.

    So there.

    Could you see Sterling at the Arsenal? Or have they got too many similar players already?

  131. Text us on 81111

    Which footballer would you like to see on a bank note?

    Joe Golby: Sean Dyche should be on a £20 note as that was the transfer budget he was given at Burnley.

    Danny Jones: I think the worst player to have on a bank note would be Falcao... you would lose and waste so much money.

    Lottie in Bristol: Raheem Sterling. His name is Sterling and he loves money.

  132. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    The Wednesday Night Club begins on BBC Radio 5 live at 19:30 BST, with football discussion and updates from Arsenal v Sunderland. Guests include Chris Sutton and Danny Mills.

  133. Spirit in the sky...

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    How's that for timing? No sooner had one of you mentioned George Best than BBC News tweet a story that the hunt is on for a young footballer to play Manchester United legend Best in a new film about his life.

    Anyone fancy that?

  134. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Which footballer would you like to see on a bank note?

    Mike Hingley: Player on a bank note......Paul McGrath, wish we could have him in the team again for next week in the FA Cup final.

    Ian: Got to be the one and only Matt Le Tissier on a bank note. Pure artist on the pitch.

    Get in touch with your suggestions at #bbcfootball, pop on to the BBC Sport Facebook page or BBC Sport's Google+ area. You can also text us on 81111 in the UK only - don't forget to say who you are and where you are texting from.

  135. Manager view

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat on Sky Sports: "Adam Johnson is a player for Sunderland, he has trained very well. If he is not mentally right, he does not play.

    "We will try to make it as difficult as possible for Arsenal, when we get opportunities to attack we will do. They are the better side and they will press us back.

    "We don't know what Arsenal will do. We will make life very difficult for them but they have so much skills."

  136. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    George Best

    Posh Scarecrow: What about George Best? (though that's already been done).

    They put George Best on a fiver?! Surely at least a £20...

  137. Post update

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    I'll tell him you said that Gordon...

    It may look sunny tonight but Alexis Sanchez is warming up in what can only be described as a coat. Must be chillier (Chile-er?) than it looks.

    Alexis_Sanchez

    Sanchez is my signing of the season by the way, based purely on the fact that he brings his dogs to training. Got a lot of time for that.

  138. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Neil Ruddock

    Gordon: Neil 'Razor' Ruddock as he is always good for putting on twenty pounds.

    We are asking which footballer would you like to see on a bank note and why? Get in touch with your suggestions at #bbcfootball, pop on to the BBC Sport Facebook page or BBC Sport's Google+ area. You can also text us on 81111 in the UK only - don't forget to say who you are and where you are texting from.

  139. Post update

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Arsenal

    Thierry Henry scored up in Sunderland during his loan spell back at Arsenal from the MLS. Will we see Steven Gerrard back on loan at Liverpool?

  140. Post update

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Emirates Stadium

    "Sunderland need a point to stay in the Premier League, which would be a fine achievement for manager Dick Advocaat after the carnage of the latter days of the Gus Poyet era, but they have no easy route to getting it.

    "After tonight's game here at Arsenal they travel to Chelsea, but the experienced former Netherlands coach has galvanised this Sunderland squad - can The Black Cats follow in the footsteps of Swansea City and win at The Emirates?"

  141. Can you beat Lawro?

    Prediction game

    Have your say on tonight's match between Arsenal and Sunderland by predicting here and you will receive a video message from BBC Sport pundits reflecting on your performance at the end of the game.

  142. Text us on 81111

    Frostie. Market Drayton on text: Gordon Banks of course. And he was a good saver.

    We are asking which footballer would you like to see on a bank note and why? Get in touch with your suggestions at #bbcfootball, pop on to the BBC Sport Facebook page or BBC Sport's Google+ area. You can also text us on 81111 in the UK only - don't forget to say who you are and where you are texting from.

  143. Post update

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Seasons

    I can't see Newcastle adding to their brace of Champions League campaigns any time soon, can you?

  144. Post update

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Those flats (see image at top of screen) are a real eyesore aren't they? Have a word with the planning committee.

  145. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Who's in your wallet?

    The Bank of England have decided that the next version of the £20 note in the UK should carry the portrait of 'a visual artist.'

    Well that got us all thinking here at BBC Sport - there are plenty of artists who have graced the pitch over the years. So which footballer would you like to see on a bank note? Who deserves a home in the wallets of the great unwashed, and why?

    Currency
    Image caption: Which player would you like to see on a bank note - and why?

    Will it be Dennis Bergkamp? Did Gianfranco Zola dazzle enough to deserve a spot opposite the Queen? Bobby Moore? George Best? Kelly Smith? Emile Heskey?

    Let's show the Bank of England what a real artist looks like. Get in touch with your suggestions at #bbcfootball, pop on to the BBC Sport Facebook page or BBC Sport's Google+ area.

    You can also text us on 81111 in the UK only - don't forget to say who you are and where you are texting from.

  146. Team News

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Midfielder Jack Wilshere starts for Arsenal for the first time since 22 November after ankle problems. The 23-year-old is one of two changes manager Arsene Wenger makes after the 1-1 draw with Manchester United last Sunday. Also in is Kieran Gibbs while Nacho Monreal and Francis Coquelin make way.

    Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat brings back winger Adam Johnson for his side's penultimate game of the season. The former Manchester City player was arrested in March and has since been charged with three counts of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. Making way for Johnson is Liam Bridcutt.

    Arsenal XI: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Ramsey, Cazorla, Wilshere, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud

    Sunderland XI: Pantilimon, Jones, van Aanholt, O'Shea, Coates, Cattermole, Larsson, Johnson, Graham, Defoe, Wickham.

  147. Post update

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Phil McNulty at Emirates

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    "Arsenal can wrap up third place by avoiding defeat to Sunderland here at The Emirates tonight and manager Arsene Wenger reflects on Sunday's draw at Manchester United as another sign of the growing strength and maturity of his team.

    "He writes in his programme notes: 'Especially defensively, I feel we are much more stable and you do not feel any more that we that we play with fear in the big games'."

  148. Post update

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Lovely evening at the Emirates, a sun-kissed haven as the Arsenal goalkeepers go through their warm-ups. How hard a job is being a goalkeeper coach do we reckon?

    I can't imagine David Ospina needs any basics ironing out so is it just a case of chipping in crosses for him to catch and then peppering him with volleys? Count me in.

  149. Who is going down?

    Vote

    Dick Advocaat, Steve bruce and John Carver

    So, Burnley and QPR and already facing up to life back in the Championship next season, but who will be the third and final team to suffer Premier League relegation?

    You can vote on this page until 20:45 BST and the results will be published soon after it is closed. Terms and conditions here.

  150. Snooze or lose...

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Aaron Ramsey

    This season has fizzled out, rather than exploded, so it's not the best time to tell you that three of the last six meetings at the Emirates between these sides have ended in goalless draws...

  151. BreakingBREAKING TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Sunderland

    Adam Johnson starts for Sunderland in the only change from the side which drew 0-0 with Leicester.

  152. BreakingBREAKING TEAM NEWS

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Arsenal

    Arsenal hand a start to midfielder Jack Wilshere as they make two changes from the side which drew at Old Trafford.

  153. Post update

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Juninho

    Arsenal have been in the last 17 Champions Leagues in a row and a win tonight secures a place in the group stage for next year too.

    A brilliant achievement - as good as winning a trophy?

  154. 'They will counter attack'

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "I expect them [Sunderland] to be well organised defensively, sound at the back, and to try to use all the counter-attacks they can.

    Arsene Wenger

    "We have to put a high rhythm into this game and play with a high level of energy to win.

    "Sunderland, for a few years now, have struggled until five, six games before the end... [but] always they just find the final resources to get out of relegation."

  155. Post update

    Juventus v Lazio (19:45 BST)

    Italian Coppa Italia

    Also tonight, Juventus are bidding to complete a domestic double when they take on Lazio in the Coppa Italia final.

    The Old Lady have already sealed the Serie A title and could even make it a treble in the Champions League final against Barcelona in June.

    We will keep you updated throughout the night here.

  156. Post update

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    However, the omens are not good for Dick Advocaat and his Sunderland side.

    Sunderland have alternated between defeats and 0-0 draws on their seven visits to the Emirates Stadium, with a last league win at the home of the Gunners coming way back in 1983, when a 17-year-old Tony Adams was making his debut for the hosts.

    Tony Adams
    Image caption: How Arsenal - or any other side - could do with unearthing a young Tony Adams, seen here against West Brom in 1984

    Will Arsene Wenger hand a few kids a game tonight?

  157. Post update

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Last season Sunderland secured safety on the penultimate game of the season with a 2-0 win over West Brom.

    Sunderland were seven points adrift of safety with a month to go of the season, but produced a miraculous run of 13 points from a possible 15 - including wins at Chelsea and Manchester United - to pull off a stunning escape.

    This year's exploits haven't been quite as miraculous - but Sunderland started May in the relegation zone and will be hoping to avoid a nervous last day of the season with a point this evening.

  158. Win and you're safe

    Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

    Vito Mannone

    They've never won at the Emirates.

    They've had the fewest shots on target in the whole Premier League.

    Danny Graham

    They've won three away games all season.

    Their top scorer has five league goals.

    But cheer up Sunderland fans. A point tonight at Arsenal and the Black Cats will be safe!

    Can they avoid the drop yet again?