Dick Advocaat on Sunderland's tactical plan for Arsenal game

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat is keen to make sure his side defend properly against Arsenal.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat is looking to take a defence first approach against Arsenal tomorrow night.

The Black Cats take on the Gunners needing just a point to confirm their status as a Premier League club for next season.

Arsene Wenger's men have little left to play for, with a top-four finish already wrapped up, but their quality means that Sunderland are likely to be punished for any mistakes that they make, and Advocaat is expecting a tough challenge.

As a result, he plans on keeping things tight at the back and wants his squad to take encouragement from their last trip out on the road, when they overcame Everton at Goodison Park.

Sunderland went to Merseyside and found themselves on the back-foot for most the game, but they won 2-0 on that day and Advocaat is hoping for a similar performance at the Emirates on Wednesday. 

If Sunderland can get a point against Arsenal it will be a major boost, as their Premier League future will be secured before the final day.

The Black Cats have a tough game against champions Chelsea at the weekend and they will not want to be relying on picking anything up from that fixture to save themselves from the drop. 

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