Sunderland will enjoy final day trip to Chelsea now - Julio Arca

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Former Sunderland favourite Julio Arca says the Black Cats will enjoy their nerve-free season’s finale at champions Chelsea tomorrow.

Wednesday night’s draw at Arsenal mathematically assured Sunderland of Premier League football for next season, leaving Hull and Newcastle to fight it out for the final relegation spot.

Sunderland fans can now go to Chelsea and just enjoy the game, leaving Newcastle and Hull to worry about relegation

Julio Arca

Arca played in a final day nail-biter for Sunderland back in 2002 and while the Wearsiders were successful on that occasion, the Argentine admits it’s not a pleasant experience.

“I don’t think anyone expected Sunderland to get anything at Arsenal, but I was delighted they did,” said Arca.

“It would have been hard on the nerves at Chelsea, if not!

“We had that on the last day in 2002, when we needed a draw to make sure we stayed up.

“We got the point and Ipswich never looked like winning against Liverpool, but there was still a lot of pressure surrounding the game.

“Sunderland fans can now go to Chelsea and just enjoy the game, leaving Newcastle and Hull to worry about relegation.”

Arca, along with former Black Cats Gary Bennett and Kieron Brady, have set up Back2Basics coaching for youngsters in Years 4-11 at Castle View Enterprise Academy next week.

The sessions will run from Tuesday to Friday, and cost £25 per day. Contact 07749 600498 or visit btbcoaching.co.uk