Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gordon Unfazed by Trip to Gunners

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gordon Unfazed by Trip to Gunners

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

CRAIG Gordon has urged Sunderland's players to use his international exploits as their inspiration this weekend after insisting that if Scotland can prevail in Paris, the Black Cats can overcome Arsenal.

The Wearsiders will face the most daunting task in the domestic game against the Premier League leaders in Sunday's top-flight fixture at the Emirates Stadium, but having starred in a match that stunned football last month, Gordon is keen to repeat the feat this weekend.

The inform 24-year-old kept a clean sheet as Scotland beat France at the Parc des Princes on September 12 in a Euro 2008 qualifier that Alex McLeish's men were expected to lose in comprehensive fashion.

It is an experience that Sunderland's pounds 9m keeper will attempt to use to his advantage in North London as he strives to convince his Black Cats colleagues that defeat against Arsene Wenger's side is not the foregone conclusion that some sceptics feel.

"There are parallels to be drawn between Scotland going to France (and winning) and Sunderland heading to Arsenal this weekend," said Gordon, who will attempt to become the first goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet against the Gunners this season.

"Scotland have shown that if you go to these places with a game-plan, good team spirit and organisation, reputations don't count for everything.

No team has a right to win a football match. No matter who you've got in your team, it doesn't give you the right to win the game.

"We'll go there and be organised. We did it at Manchester United (on September 1) and we almost got a point (a 72ndminute goal from Louis Saha secured an unconvincing 1-0 home win). It can happen and I'm sure we will be trying to do something similar to what we did at Old Trafford. I hope we can get something from the game this time."

Although Scotland's 1-0 win in Paris re presented a considerable upset, it would perhaps be a bigger shock were Sunderland to become the first visiting team to prevail at the Emirates Stadium since April. …

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