Vito Mannone says Sunderland have done nothing yet; hopes to make Arsenal game count

Sunderland Stadium of Light

Sunderland were impressive in their win over Norwich City but they need to keep the momentum going.

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has said the side have done nothing yet after their crucial 3-0 win over Norwich City at the weekend.

The victory pulled Sunderland to within a point of their relegation rivals having played a game less than the Canaries, but the Italian goalkeeper has quickly turned his attention to the weekend's game against Arsenal at the Stadium of Light.

The ex-Gunner is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “We’ve done nothing really. We need to make this game in hand count, either with a point or three, and really dig in.

“I’m sure we’ll get a nice push from the crowd, because this is another chance to put three points on the table.

“We know it will be very difficult because Arsenal are so technical and talented. But we’ve done it against other big teams so if we stick together, hopefully we can do it again.”

This weekend sees Sunderland playing when Norwich do not, meaning there is an opportunity to climb above the Canaries with either a draw or a win, and potentially out of the bottom three with the sides having played the same amount of games thereafter.

One massive positive for Mannone will be that Sunderland have managed to keep two clean sheets in their last three games, which has been a worry for the side for some time, but he is right to point out that Sunderland need to build on what was a big win at Norwich as there is still much work for them to do if they are to retain their Premier League status.

Sunderland will face an Arsenal side at the weekend that has an element of dejection about them as they have fallen away from the title chasers again and have not been in great form having drawn their last two games. The Gunners also face West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Thursday and Sam Allardyce's side will try to use the fresh legs they will have in comparison to their advantage.

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