Yet, May could also mark the greatest humiliation of his Arsenal career if they fail to qualify for the Champions League and with the fans turning their backs on him in increasing numbers.
In total Arsenal had 36 attempts at goal - their highest number in a Premier League game since 2003 - but they found the net only twice, first when Sanchez prodded home Mesut Ozil's pass on 72 minutes and then a short while later when the South American converted a cutback from Olivier Giroud.
"You want every team to fight like Sunderland did tonight, and after you have to accept the result".
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For the hosts, manager Arsene Wenger is sweating over the fitness of star forward Alexis Sanchez, who came off against The Potters with a thigh problem, having netted 26 goals in all competitions this season.
The Gunners continued their march for a top four spot, and while it may seem nearly impossible for the Gunners to achieve this feat, like they always have in successive seasons, not qualifying for Europe's elite competition next season might seem like a blessing in disguise - at least it'd help reshape the club's objectives.
"He had an exceptional night", Wenger said - via the Sunderland Echo. "It's a Tuesday night maybe, people think Sunderland is an easy game, so there were less people".
At some point in the game against Sunderland, I wasn't sure if we were actually playing The Black Cats or maybe Wenger told the boys to practise their attacking drills in a less crowded Emirates stadium. "If you have only a one percent chance you still have to give everything. If we win we know the most we will be behind is one point, so let's see what happens".