The former Leeds United hero made a controversial switch to Manchester United in 2003.
Sunderland have scored three goals in their last three matches.
The full-blown November blues have not quite set in, but Arsenal's performance levels have dropped recently.
Phillips has endeared himself to Leeds supporters this season, but has made a controversial choice.
Arsenal drew 1-1 with Manchester United on Saturday afternoon.
Leeds came away from Anfield with a 3-1 win after three goals in the final 11 minutes.
With Leeds United doing well in the second-tier where are the players relegated with Leeds in 2004.
Former Aston Villa winger Adama Traore starred for Middlesbrough against Arsenal.
Victor Wanyama joined Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton in the summer transfer window, while Vincent Janssen moved from AZ.
On this day: Zurab Khizanishvilli, Geremi, Danny Guthrie; it's fair to say Newcastle are rather more prepared for the second tier this time around under Rafa Benitez.