Things aren’t looking that great for the Black Cats at the moment, especially after suffering a crushing 4-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Stadium of Light.

The loss left Sunderland with two points from 10 Premier League games – equalling the lowest ever total at that stage.

Sunderland's tally of 2 points is the joint-worst start to a season in Premier League history and worst in 20 years (Man City in 1995/96).

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 29, 2016

Draws with Southampton and West Brom and eight defeats have seen David Moyes’s side match the unwanted record set by Manchester City in 1995 (which, we may point out, was a very different era for City) and fans are painfully aware what this might spell for Sunderland’s future:

there's no way on earth sunderland can survive this season

— Lionel Rashford (@Alfee_Gee) October 29, 2016

Going to be itchy trigger finger at Sunderland. Moyes will do well to survive.

— Mike Anstead (@mike_anstead) October 29, 2016

Can anyone see Sunderland escaping relegation? I can't

— Öle Gunner (@OleGunner) October 29, 2016

Alexis Sanchez’s second goal of the match also left Sunderland’s goal difference at minus 13 – one worse than City that season, to edge them for the worst record.

The only thing Sunderland is good at is increasing other people's goal difference 🚶🏼🚶🏼

— ✗IG:_kanyin_✗ (@_kanyin_) October 29, 2016

Sunderland gifting arsenal a healthy goal difference…#prayformoyes

— Marc Renton (@lfc5eurocups) October 29, 2016

The stats certainly look bleak for Moyes:

14 – David Moyes has lost 14 PL games against Arsene Wenger – the only manager he’s lost to as often is Sir Alex Ferguson. Overawed.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 29, 2016

The most recent precedent for a start to rival Sunderland’s comes from Crystal Palace just three seasons ago, when they won one and lost nine of their first 10 games under Ian Holloway.

But the managed to stay clear of relegation by finishing 11th so maybe there’s still hope:

Sunderland are still gonna somehow survive this

— Adi (@AdiUnited_) October 29, 2016

Sunderland will still survive the relegation battle comes May though..

— YanDje Ontoye™ (@ungoofie) October 29, 2016

Sunderland will still survive the relegation battle somehow

— Hiral (@HiralParmar13) October 29, 2016

We’ll have to wait and see.