Football - Poyet fuming with performance

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet was less than impressed with his side's capitulation at Arsenal which was far from ideal preparation for their upcoming Wembley date against Manchester City.

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Olivier Giroud marked his return to the Arsenal side with a brace as the Black Cats were beaten 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium in the Barclays Premier League.

The France forward scored twice in the first half as the Gunners put the midweek Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich behind them. Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky converted a well-worked third before defender Laurent Koscielny headed home from a corner just before the hour.

Sunderland, who meet City in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley next weekend, grabbed a consolation through a 25-yard drive from substitute Emanuele Giaccherini - but Poyet's men remain deep in relegation trouble.

He said: "I am not accepting this defeat. We were poor in many ways and were second best in everything, Santiago (Vergini) was not the only one.

"Now no-one has put themselves on the teamsheet for next week, they all had a great chance to show me but everything I had in mind went in 90 minutes. Now I have to start from zero

"Arsenal proved again that they can beat anyone but sometimes players pick the team for you but now I have a few options for Wembley.

"There are plenty of similarities between the way Arsenal and Manchester City play for me to ponder on."

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