No Arsenal fears for Sunderland’s Mignolet despite Everton loss

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RECALLED Simon Mignolet insists Sunderland have no trepidation at taking a four-game losing streak to beaten Carling Cup finalists Arsenal.

Belgian stopper Mignolet made his first Premier League appearance since December at Everton on Saturday after first choice keeper Craig Gordon was only deemed fit enough for a spot on the bench.

But there was little the 22-year-old could do to keep out Jermaine Beckford’s first half double as Sunderland produced by far the most lacklustre of their four successive defeats.

They face an uphill battle to avoid a fifth loss at Arsenal next Saturday, but Mignolet is confident Sunderland can claim something from the Emirates after taking points at Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham this season.

Mignolet said: “It’s up to us now to get a response and a result at Arsenal.

“Everybody should be up for the task going to a place like the Emirates.

“We can get something from there if we’re at our best.

“I don’t think there’s any concern in the dressing room.

“We have taken points away from home against the big teams this season and we have to do that again now.

“It’s up to us to forget about the last few weeks because if those games get in your head, it only makes it harder to win the next game.”

Mignolet admits he took little satisfaction from his recall to the side as Sunderland extended their winless run at Goodison Park to 11 games.

He said: “I was happy to play again. The game under my belt is good. But if you lose 2-0 you can’t be happy.

“We conceded two in the first half and it was always going to be difficult after that.

“It’s not my job to talk about the goals we conceded. But if you’re losing 2-0 after 40 minutes, it’s a difficult game.

“I tried my best for what I did have to do but my performance wasn’t really important. Some weeks it’s difficult and you just have to move on to the next game.”

The £2million summer signing added: “I read in the newspaper that we haven’t got a good record at Everton. But that doesn’t matter for us because the only thing we can do is try to perform every week.

“We were too easy to beat on Saturday. It didn’t matter if we had a bad record there or not.”