JACK Colback says Sunderland have to make the most of their ‘underdogs’ tag going into tomorrow’s game at Arsenal.
The Gunners have had their worst start to a season in almost 50 years but they will still be expected to emerge as winners when struggling Sunderland pay them a visit (1.30pm kick-off).
Colback though, says Sunderland can turn that to their advantage as they go in search of their first away win of the season.
He said: “We’ve got two away games coming up now at Arsenal and at Bolton and they’re two very different challenges.
“Bolton have made a bad start this season and people will think we’ve got a chance there but I think not many people will expect us to get much from Arsenal, even with their recent form.
“So we’ve got to hope that that that lack of expectation works for us because there’ll be no pressure on us going into the match.
“Because of that, we’ll hopefully be able to relax and play our best game and we’ll certainly need to if we’re to get anything from a team that is still one of the best around on their day.”
Colback has been a regular starter for Sunderland in the early stages of the season but has been in and out in the last few games.
Now though he hopes through he’ll get a chance to start again this Sunday – especially with on-loan Nicklas Bendtner absent because he can’t play against his parent club.
Colback said: “I came on as a substitute against West Bromwich Albion in our last game and I thought I played well enough.
“I gave it all I had and I’m looking to do that in every game to try and improve my chances of playing.
“I was delighted when the manager chose to start with me at the beginning of the season because I know he’s brought a lot of good players in and there was a lot of competition.
“But my challenge now is to keep on competing with them for a first team place in order to show my worth.
“Arsenal is a game where you can expect to be under the cosh for most of the match and that will suit players like myself whose game is a lot about tackling and closing down and covering ground.”