Sunderland boss: Arsenal defeat will have taken a toll

Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet.
Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet.
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GUS POYET believes Arsenal’s Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich will have taken a toll on the Gunners for this weekend’s meeting with Sunderland.

Arsene Wenger’s side played almost an hour with 10 men against Munich last night before eventually succumbing to a 2-0 defeat at the Emirates in the Champions League last 16 second leg.

And Poyet says that could give Sunderland an advantage in the latter stage of Saturday’s Premier League meeting in north London, as the Black Cats look to extend their unbeaten away run to seven games.

When asked whether the Munich game would have an effect, Poyet replied: “For sure.

“You can say professional footballers can recover, but you recover quicker when you win.

“For the next couple of days, they will be trying to erase everything that happened.

“But if the game is a high tempo and we can try to control it, it could give us an advantage at the end.”

Poyet expects to gain an insight from the game, ahead of the Capital One Cup final eight days later.

But the head coach is targeting points, as well as lessons, with Sunderland lying third bottom in the table.

“We are going to play to win,” he added.

“We are going to play the same way we have been doing, but it’s a great opportunity to see what we can do in the big stadium against one of the best teams.

“I don’t think you can prepare better for a final than going to Arsenal.

“It will give us a great opportunity to see whether we can play in a certain way against Manchester City.”