Arsene Wenger: You just have to admire Jermain Defoe
Saturday, Arsenal is due to face off against Sunderland on away at Stadium of Light. Ahead of the match, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praises Jermain Defoe, who returned to Premier League from Major League Soccer.
Saturday, Sunderland is due to play Arsenal at home at Stadium of Light. Arsenal is currently among the top teams in the Premier League table, while Sunderland is below the relegation line at the very bottom of the table.
Nevertheless ahead of the match, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaks very highly of English striker Jermain Defoe. Jermain Defoe transferred to Toronto FC, who plays in Major League Soccer, in early 2014, but returned in early 2015, when he signed with Sunderland. Arsene Wenger has great respect for this move especially.
-You just have to admire Defoe for what he has done. When a player of his age transfers to MLS, you think that it is the end of his Premier League career. But he has returned and has had a massive influence, and undoubtedly, it was down to him that Sunderland remained in the league after last season, Arsene Wenger said according to Arsenal’s website.
-There must be a passion behind it. I do not know Defoe well, but he is absolutely amazing, Wenger said.
While Sunderland has not fared well, this season, Arsene Wenger has a certain amount of respect for the Premier League team.
-Their main threat is Defoe, but they are also good with dead ball situations with Wahbi Khazri, Lamine Kone and John O’Shea, who are all dangerous in standard situations. It is a team that is currently in a poor position, but it is still early on into the season, Arsene Wenger said.
Arsenal is currently in second place of the Premier League table with 20 points in nine matches, just below Manchester City also with 20 points in nine matches, but with a better goal-score and just above Liverpool also with 20 points in nine matches, but with a lower goal-score.
Sunderland is currently at the very bottom of the table with just two points in nine matches.