Ki Sung-Yueng

Ki relishing potential debut

by Stuart Vose

New signing hoping to face Gunners.

Ki Sung-Yueng is more familiar with Arsenal than most – having faced the Gunners FOUR times with parent club Swansea last season.

The South Korean lined up against Arsenal twice in the Barclays Premier League - including a 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium – and twice again in the FA Cup with Budweiser.

Ki swapped South Wales for Wearside on a season-long loan just before the August transfer window closed and could make his debut against the Gunners at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

And he’s hoping to have the opportunity to start once more against Arsene Wenger’s side, who have enjoyed a good start to the season.

“It’s not easy to play against the big teams,” the midfielder said. “I played against Arsenal four times last season, including the cups, so I know them well.

“They are a good side, one of the best in the country, but we are at home and looking to win. It will be a very interesting game.”

Ki, who was a regular for Swansea last season, is excited to be able to kick off his Sunderland career at the Stadium of Light, where the club averaged more than 40,000 supporters per home game last season.

He’s relishing the chance to play in front of the red and white army and says the home support could be a significant plus for his new side this weekend.

“When I came to Celtic I realized how passionate the fans were,” he said. “Here it’s the same.

“There’s always pressure on the new boys, but I have to overcome that and show why I’m here.

“In home games, we have to get that advantage. There is a big difference between playing away and at home, especially when the fans support us well.”