Sunderland boss Mick Mulhern saluted the players who sealed the clubs best league victory in its history.
I am extremely proud of the team, he said. We had a game plan in place of how to beat Arsenal when we went to their place last week.
We had the same plan this week, but we needed to carry it out better. And we did. We were much better in possession and hit Arsenal hard on the break, using our pace up front.
We had to deny them time on the ball. We did a lot of work in the week on thinking quickly under pressure and making the right decisions. It was not always perfect, but it was better!
Mulhern admitted that the win had not sunk in completely.
Its hard at this point to say where this win ranks compared to others. We beat Chelsea in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at the Stadium of Light last year and that gave us the big day out. And weve had wins to clinch promotions which have been very special.
This win only gives us three points, but beating Arsenal is very special indeed. Its a result that has stunned the game. Ive had texts and calls from all sorts of people; from managers from other clubs, to friends I havent heard from in years! There has been a lot of congratulations, and they should go to the players. It was a fantastic team effort.
I told them to enjoy the night ... but to get their feet back on the ground for training on Tuesday. Weve got Chelsea next Sunday and thats the top two in the league playing each other. And we cant have a case of After the Lord Mayors Show ...
Courtesy of Neil Watson, Sports Editor, Sunderland Echo.