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Sunderland ready for Chelsea party after securing Premier League survival

Against many odds, manager Dick Advocaat, left, has managed to keep Sunderland in the Premier League for another season.
Sunderland sealed survival with a 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Wednesday night.

The memory will probably never go away. Chelsea had just swept into a four-goal lead at home to Sunderland and goalkeeper Marton Fulop had to pick the ball out of his net three more times before the match ended, mercifully, at 7-2.

"Appreciate," was the only word uttered by a teenage Chelsea fan as she walked close to the suffering Sunderland contingent back to her seat from the concourse.

At Stamford Bridge in Sunday's finale for this season's Premier League, the away section will be full as it...

Advocaat makes Sunderland survival a reality again

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat couldn't help but shed some tears as his side drew with Arsenal and clinched survival in the Premier League.

Dick Advocaat has joined the United Nations of managers to pull off great escapes for Sunderland in recent seasons after masterminding a tremendous defensive display at Arsenal to claim the point his side needed to stay up.

Never let anyone say goalless draws have to be dull. This was a game of passion, desire and goalmouth action, and while Arsene Wenger's team inevitably dominated, there were good chances at both ends.

The 67-year-old Dutch manager earned his survival bonus, reportedly £500,000,...

ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

The Relegation Scrap: Newcastle United and Hull are left to fight it out

The ESPN FC panel dicuss the English Premier League relegation battle, where Shaka Hislop believes Newcastle United don't look like beating any team right now.

It's now a two-horse race to avoid the final relegation place in the Premier League as we approach the final weekend.

Burnley and Queens Park Rangers have already been relegated, while results on Saturday ensured that both Aston Villa and Leicester City will be playing top-flight football next season.

Then the boos rang out at the Emirates on Wednesday, but it wasn't from the away end as Sunderland produced heroics against one of the Premier League's big boys in the run-in for a second successive...

 By Michael Cox

Sunderland secure their Premier League place with 0-0 draw at Arsenal

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat couldn't help but shed some tears as his side drew with Arsenal and clinched survival in the Premier League.

LONDON -- Three quick thoughts from Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Sunderland in the Premier League at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.

1. Sunderland secure their Premier League status

By this stage of the season, most Premier League matches are irrelevant because so many teams have nothing to play for. Yet this was a rare game where both had something at stake: Arsenal wanted to secure the final (guaranteed) Champions League place by finishing third, while Sunderland were fighting relegation.

In...

 By Michael Cox

De Gea, Terry, Cazorla, Bolasie & Aguero in moments of the season

The ESPN FC crew look back on the 2014-15 season, picking their best and worst transfers of the campaign.

There is little debate about the Premier League's outstanding players this season, with various awards being snapped up by the same group of players.

But how about the best individual performances by these players? Here are the best individual performances of the campaign by players in five separate positions.

Best goalkeeping display: David De Gea -- Manchester United 3-0 Liverpool, Dec. 14

David De Gea is the obvious winner of this award -- the only debate is which game he deserves it for.

A shortlist...

Sunderland make case for defence with Costel Pantilimon at Arsenal

Sunderland beat Everton 2-0 before holding Leicester to a draw and Dick Advocaat says his side have belief in their relegation fight.

When Costel Pantilimon arrived at Sunderland last summer, he was known for being the tallest player in the Premier League rather than for anything he had accomplished since arriving from his native Romania.

But at Arsenal on Wednesday night, he will feel even taller than his 6-foot-8 if he caps a fine season by keeping the clean sheet that would complete a great escape from relegation for Sunderland.

With only seven Premier League starts in three seasons at Manchester City, Pantilimon seemed destined...