Sebastian Larsson has praised the club's supporters for their loyalty and he has no doubts they will stick with Sunderland through another difficult period.
The Black Cats lost their last fixture 8-0 to Southampton, but Larsson doesn't believe that the fan-base will turn their backs on the side after the embarrassment.
Instead, the Swede thinks that they will help to galvanise the squad and play a big factor in aiding the club to collect three points against Arsenal at the weekend.
“We have had very good backing ever since I have been here," he said to the Chronicle.
“We have been in difficult situations but they have still always been behind us. That’s something which has never worried me.
“I have never been worried that the fans aren’t coming back. They always fill the stadium and they back us.
“They are passionate fans. We want to show them what we are about and I am sure we will.
“I am sure they will do everything they can to push us through.
“Together hopefully we will be strong like we have been in the past.”
Sunderland's players have refunded the travelling supporters who watched the demolition at Southampton for their tickets, but they know that the best form of repayment will be by delivering three points on Saturday.
The side have struggled so far this season for victories, with a solitary win against Stoke City their only triumph of the campaign, and the pressure will be on to perform this weekend.
The Black Cats are determined to avoid a repeat of last season, where they narrowly escaped relegation, and it will be important for them to start a run of form soon.
To beat Arsenal will be a tough test, but the Gunners have only won twice during the season so far themselves and if they Sunderland capitalise on this poor form then they will go some way to recovering from their humiliation last weekend.