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Gordon predicts Gunners backlash

Craig Gordon
Gordon was stunned by events at the Emirates Stadium last weekend

Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon fears Saturday's opponents Arsenal will be out for revenge after the Gunners' 2-1 defeat by Hull City last weekend.

Gordon, 25, admitted the Sunderland players were stunned by the result at the Emirates, and expects a immediate response from Arsene Wenger's side.

"You don't expect results like that," the Scot told BBC Radio Newcastle.

"You would probably expect a bit of a backlash from that but we're at home and we'll be ready for that."

Stoke City's draw with Liverpool and Arsenal's defeats by Hull and Fulham have helped to give the Premier League table an unusual look after six games.

West Ham United and Hull currently occupy top-half places while Everton and Manchester United linger in mid-table, but Gordon believes it is only a matter of time before the table offers a more realistic picture.

"You expect the teams that are always up the top to find their way there fairly soon and I'm sure that will happen again," he said.

"But there's been a fair of jostling below that and some of the teams coming up from the Championship have done fairly well.

"You always get that bit of uncertainty but I'm sure things will start to settle down pretty soon and we'll see where everyone will come in the reckoning after that."

Arsenal were 4-0 winners against FC Porto in their Champions League fixture on Tuesday night, while Sunderland go into the game on the back of last Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Aston Villa.

see also
Keane deal on agenda, says Quinn
30 Sep 08 |  Sunderland
Arsenal response pleases Wenger
30 Sep 08 |  Europe
Arsenal 1-2 Hull
27 Sep 08 |  Premier League
Aston Villa 2-1 Sunderland
27 Sep 08 |  Premier League
Arsenal 4-0 FC Porto
30 Sep 08 |  Europe

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