Sunderland have conceded 12 goals in two games against Arsenal this season.
But striker Beth Mead insists that will count for nothing when the pair go head-to-head in Sunday’s FA Women’s Super League 1 clash (kick-off 1pm).
A hat-trick from Danielle van de Donk helped Arsenal to a 7-0 win in April’s SSE Women’s FA Cup semi-final.
And the Gunners triumphed 5-1 in June’s league meeting, Natalia proving their chief tormentor that day.
But Mead believes there is enough character in the Sunderland dressing room to ensure heads will be as high as ever when they kick-off at the Hetton Centre.
“It’s possible the games against them this season could have an effect,” said the 21-year-old.
“But I would like to think the girls at Sunderland are experienced enough to know we can’t let past defeats affect our performances.
“Arsenal are always a tough opponent, whether it’s home or away.
“They pop the ball about well, so this is where we need to be more disciplined than perhaps we have been in the past and wait for our opportunities in the game, because they will come.
“We have got to start winning games and then we will see what happens.
“But we know we want to stay as far away from relegation as possible.
“We want to finish as high as we can. We set high standards last year.”
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