Sunderland Association Football Club Current Players
- Join Date:01/07/2011
The fact that Seb’s home town is known for manufacturing keys is somewhat ironic as the winger is blessed with the quality to unlock any defence.
The Swede is famed as a crack free-kick taker – in fact, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been quoted as saying he’s the best in the Premier League.
Set pieces of all varieties are a speciality, while the winger can also ping a brilliant cross right into the danger zone.
But that wand of a right foot is combined with a brilliant engine and work ethic, making Seb one of the biggest grafters on any team.
Seb hails from Eskilstuna in eastern Sweden and made the move to England at an early age when he signed for Arsenal as a youngster.
He saw Highbury become the Emirates Stadium and made 12 appearances for the Gunners, mainly in the cups.
A successful loan spell with Birmingham turned into a permanent move in 2007 and the midfielder was a popular figure with fans in the Midlands.
He scored an impressive 19 goals during time at St Andrews, often weighing in at vital times.
However, he couldn’t save Blues from relegation in 2011 and, with his contract up, joined Sunderland on a free transfer after playing 171 games for City.
The Black Cats got themselves a steal as Seb proved to be a key player in red and white in his first season at the SoL.
His incredible free-kick against Blackburn in December 2011 got Martin O’Neill’s time in charge off to a dream start, and he finished the season with eight goals.
Two of those came in the 3-3 draw against eventual champions Manchester City.
Seb spent the summer on international duty at Euro 2012 with Sweden, playing in all three group games and scoring a fine goal in the 2-0 win over France.
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In memory of Tracy Arthur Atherton