Sunderland boss Keane defends defensive tactics

Sunderland had to settle for a point in the 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal.

Sunderland had to settle for a point in the 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal.

The Gunners had to rely on an injury time equaliser from Cesc Fabregas after substitute Grant Leadbitter had given Sunderland an 86th minute lead.

Black Cats boss Roy Keane was quick to respond to Arsenal criticisms of his cautious tactics.

He said: "I can only focus on my own team, and I am sure Arsene will have to do the same.

"I am pretty sure if I had different players available, we might have been a bit more attack-minded.

"But I have to look at the squad of players I have available to me and for today, that was a good option for us. Next time we play them, it might be different.

"We played Arsenal a number of times last year, we played Chelsea, we played United - we played United here and went 4-4-2 and we lost 4-0, and it could have been seven.

"We have to get the balance right with our own team and maybe Arsene Wenger should focus on his own team.

"The bottom line for any of these top teams, they will tell you, part of the game is breaking down the opposition."

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