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Sunderland capable of upsetting Arsenal says Lorik Cana
Published : 17 Nov 2009 13:33:06Rss feed
The Albanian is optimistic that Sunderland can prosper against an Arsenal side that have moved into second place in the table behind Chelsea following crushing victories over Tottenham and Wolverhampton Wanderers. His bullishness ahead of Saturday's game at the Stadium of Light has been fuelled by eighth-placed Sunderland's efforts against so-called 'big-four' sides this term that following a 3-1 defeat by Chelsea on Wearside has yielded a 2-2 draw at Manchester United and a 1-0 win over Liverpool. Related ArticlesBruce seething at Spurs' rub of the greenRedknapp backs Steve Bruce as future England managerBruce: Darren Bent will prove England credentialsJones fined by Sunderland'Sometimes when we play against the big teams we already bring up our level of concentration, performance and fighting spirit,' Cana, 26, said. 'Now we need to keep that all the time and not lose it like we have in two or three games. But on Saturday I am sure we will be ready and we can do well. 'Arsenal are a very good team, no doubt, and they will be up there with Manchester United and Chelsea. They have been playing very well - especially in the last few weeks - and are a threat whether at home or away. 'They build from the middle, approaching the goal with quick passes and lots of movement and runs. 'We will have to have a good organisation and communicate well, but we have the players and the system to find a solution to this team.' Cana, who was once prevented from taking up Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger' s invitation to take part in trials at the North London club due to visa issues, will be back in action following a suspension that kept him out of a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham. 'It was very hard for me to watch my own team-mates from the sidelines,' said the former Marseilles and Paris St Germain midfielder said. 'I could not do anything; especially for myself it is very frustrating. But I did not have a choice and it was important for me to be there with them and support them even though I could not play. 'The minimum result should have been a draw because we played well for the first 70 minutes, when we were the best team on the pitch.' Arsenal will be looking to extend a 13-game unbeaten sequence that has followed their defeat at Manchester City in mid-September but Steve Bruce's Sunderland side have not won in four outings since beating Liverpool a month ago.