'Players must show Sunderland fans they care' - Darron Gibson

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Sunderland's players must stand up and be counted in the club's final two games of their Premier League campaign, according to Darron Gibson.

Even though this evening's clash at Arsenal and Sunday's final day trip to Chelsea mean nothing in terms of the Black Cats top flight campaign, midfielder Gibson says the squad must show they have the stomach for the fight, with a Championship season in the offing.

Former Everton man Gibson says the last two games are the perfect time for the dressing-room to show Black Cats fans that they want to play for the club.

"It’s important to show the fans that we still want to be here and we still want to play for the club," he said.

"We also have to build for next season and it needs to start now so we can hit the ground running."

The weekend loss to Swansea was one of the side's low points of the campaign.

Darron Gibson meets a young fan at a recent signing event

Darron Gibson meets a young fan at a recent signing event

Instead of producing a performance on the final home game of the season, the Sunderland players put in one of their worst.

Criticism was not reserved for the terraces with pundits and manager David Moyes not holding back with their vitriol.

Reflecting on the loss, Gibson says it has been the story of the season.

But that does not mean it must define the penultimate clash this evening at the Emirates, or this weekend at Stamford Bridge.

"It was a disappointing day and there’s probably not much more I can say about it than that," he said.

"It’s been the story of the season – not being good enough – and we now have two tough games coming up, so we have to pick ourselves up and go again on Tuesday night.

"They’re important games for us and as a group of players I think we have to show a bit more determination and togetherness as a squad.

"Everyone needs to give more effort and that starts on Tuesday night."