Sunderland boss snipes at Arsenal with EFL Cup statement

Sunderland manager Lee Johnson has asked for Tottenham or Arsenal in the last eight of the EFL Cup when the draw is made this weekend, believing his side can eliminate them.

The Black Cats sealed their place in the next round with a penalty shoot-out win over QPR on Tuesday night to seal their place as the only remaining team in the competition that doesn’t currently play Premier League football.

Their manager has now claimed that he would like an away trip to one of the two north London clubs, before going onto take on ‘the really big guns’ later on.

You have to love his enthusiasm in thinking his side would stand a chance of victory away at the Emirates, and his jibe at dismissing us as one of the ‘big guns’ is a little aggravating. Should we go face-to-face with their side, I would play his comments to the dressing room as motivation for the players, who will certainly not be entertained by such a pot-shot from our lower league rivals.

I had already hoped that we would be paired with the northern side in Saturday’s draw, which will be shown live on Soccer AM at 10:30, but now have some more reasoning to want the lower-league side as our next EFL Cup opponents.


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  1. Nothing wrong with his remarks, while a bit cheeky or tongue in cheek, he is basically telling it as it is.

    1. A bit cheeky perhaps, but nothing untrue in his statement. 8th place finish last 2 years, out of European football for first time in over 2 decades, and currently sitting midtable in the league.

      Sorry, but reality says nothing “Big Gun” about any of the above.

  2. It is a arrogant statement by a arrogant manager. Hope we draw them away and we thrash them to teach this man a lesson.

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