Ola Toivonen started in a defensive midfield role for Sunderland against Arsenal.
Sunderland picked up a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park yesterday.
Sunderland suffered another injury blow in the loss to Everton when Lee Cattermole limped off.
Sunderland take on Everton at the weekend.
Sunderland will face Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Black Cats are shaping up well ahead of Sam Allardyce's first game in charge.
Sunderland signed Sebastian Coates, Adam Matthews, Jeremain Lens, Younes Kaboul, Fabio Borini, Yann M’Vila, Ola Toivonen and DeAndre Yedlin in the summer transfer window.
The Black Cats take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Black Cats sit bottom of the Premier League table after six games.
The Black Cats struggled to contain a rampant Manchester City side on Tuesday, but loanee Yedlin impressed on debut.
Roberto Mancini has backed Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has admitted that he was keen to sign Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah this summer, as he ended up signing for their Championship rivals Leeds United.
Everton boss Marco Silva has fallen under increasing pressure at Goodison Park of late.
The BBC men have hailed the Ibrox midfielder for his last ditch clearance for Rangers on Sunday.
Barcelona legend Xavi wants to coach in the Premier League as the pressure rises on Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino.
Manchester United paid £80m to sign Harry Maguire with Premier League rivals Manchester City instead putting their faith in youth.
Lee Bowyer will take on his former club Leeds United on Saturday.
The Liverpool defender missed out on being named the Best Men's Player at Monday night's award ceremony.
Scottish Premiership champions Celtic signed young defender Leo Hjelde from Norwegian giants Rosenborg over the summer.
Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has been sent out on loan over the past two seasons.
There was more encouragement for Sunderland fans at Aston Villa after a tough few weeks.
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