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McClaren upbeat despite Arsenal defeat

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren remains upbeat despite his side's 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal.

An own goal from Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini was enough to secure victory for the away side. Newcastle were forced to play most of the game with ten men after striker Aleksander Mitrovic was sent off early on.

Watch Steve McClaren's full post-match press conference.


Team news: Newcastle United v Arsenal

Newcastle United: Krul, Haidara, Coloccini, Mbemba, Janmaat, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Thauvin, Mitrovic. Subs: Darlow, Taylor, Tiote, Perez, Obertan, De Jong, Cisse.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlin, Ramsey, Sanchez, Walcott. Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Chambers, Arteta, Campbell, Giroud.


Sunderland confirm Toivonen loan deal

Sunderland midfielder Ola Toivonen Credit: Sunderland AFC

Sunderland have signed Swedish midfielder Ola Toivonen on a season-long loan from French side Rennes.

The 29-year-old began his career in his hometown with Degerfos IF, before spells with IFK Gothenburg and Malmo. He then joined Dutch giants PSV followed, where he won the KNVB Cup and the Dutch Super Cup.

Speaking about the move, Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, said:

I worked with Ola at PSV so I know him well. He is a national team player with a lot of experience, an attacking midfielder who can score goals and is good in the air. He will bring something different to the team.

– Dick Advocaat, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

Toivonen could make his Black Cats debut this weekend as Sunderland travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League.

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