Sam Allardyce makes a joke about signing a few Arsenal players

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

Sunderland take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League this weekend.

Sam Allardyce has said that he hopes his post-match chat with Arsene Wenger centres around Sunderland’s good display and the possibility of signing a few Arsenal players on loan, the Mirror reports.

The Black Cats travel to the Emirates Stadium this weekend looking to extend their good run of form, having won three of their last five Premier League matches to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.

“I’ve never thought anything other than, from a professional level, Wenger is a top manager," the Mirror quotes Allardyce as saying.

“If I have a drink with Arsene, I want to talk about the fact we played so well, and does he have any players he might lend me in January! As long as we have given a good account of ourselves.”

Sunderland will be keen to strengthen their squad in the January transfer window, with key areas of the team in need of an overhaul if they are to climb away from the relegation zone this season.

But their chances of signing any players from Arsenal are slim to say the least.

The Gunners are currently in the midst of an awful injury crisis, and it is feared Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla could be out for up to three months with a knee ligament tear, as reported by The Guardian.

There are currently 10 players nursing injuries at the Emirates Stadium, the second highest tally in the league after Bournemouth, who currently have 11 players out.

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