STEPHANE Sessegnon admits the absence of Nicklas Bendtner this weekend is a major blow to Sunderland’s hopes of deepening Arsenal’s misery.
On-loan Gunners hitman Bendtner is ineligible to play against his parent club at the Emirates on Sunday, depriving Sunderland of their most effective performer over the last two games.
Bendtner has been an instant hit at the Stadium of Light since his deadline day move, grabbing his first goal of the season in the 2-2 draw with West Brom and proving an effective foil for strike partner Sessegnon (pictured).
But, under the terms of the loan deal, the 23-year-old cannot feature against Arsene Wenger’s side, who lie just a point ahead of the 16th-placed Black Cats in the Premier League table.
And Benin international Sessegnon knows how much the absence of Bendtner will hamper Sunderland’s chances, just as he was beginning to form an effective understanding with the Danish hitman.
Sessegnon told Sportmail: “It’s a shame he can’t play at Arsenal and it’ll be a big loss to us.
“He’s an intelligent player, with great technique who’s really good on the ball. He’s very mobile, too, for a big man.”
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