Sunderland players to make amends for Southampton shambles against Arsenal

PLEDGE ... Seb Larsson.
PLEDGE ... Seb Larsson.

SEB LARSSON believes those players responsible for Sunderland’s Southampton shambles are desperate to make amends this weekend.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has indicated that he is likely to make changes for tomorrow’s visit of Arsenal, claiming around “75 per cent” of the team which suffered an 8-0 drubbing at St Mary’s last weekend will remain in place.

The likes of Adam Johnson and Jack Rodwell, who have both been on the bench for the last two games, could come into contention, albeit Poyet has few options to pick from in his injury-hit squad.

But midfielder Larsson is eager to stay in the side and right the wrongs from the south coast, and believes those who started last weekend will be equally determined to redeem themselves.

“Of course, I can only really speak for myself but I am desperate for the chance to play against Arsenal and put in a better performance,” said Larsson.

“But I’m sure everyone feels the same. I’m sure that’s the case.

“Whether that is the manager’s plan – or whether he wants to make changes – I couldn’t say.

“That’s his call.

“We were embarrassed. That’s the only word for it.

“What else can you feel? Let’s be honest.

“You have to hold your hands up and say it should never have happened.

“It did, we can’t change it, but we can move forward and try to make up for it.

“We’ve dealt with it the way we think is right and now we have to look ahead.

“There will be a reaction against Arsenal, you can be sure of that.”

Larsson came through the youth ranks under Arsene Wenger, before joining Birmingham in 2007 after a successful loan spell with the Midlands club.

And while the Swedish international still holds a soft-spot for the Gunners, he admits a reunion with Arsenal has become more of a routine occurrence in the seven years since leaving the club.

The 29-year-old added: “It’s been a while. I’ve played against them several times.

“I always want to see Arsenal do well, apart from whenever they play us.

“But it’s not that special anymore.

“I’m sure it’ll be two teams desperate to put on a performance and get three points.

“I don’t think you’ll get a team more desperate than us anyway.”