Sunderland's Gordon: Arsenal boss Wenger gave me big boost

Sunderland boss Craig Gordon admits interest from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger while he was with Hearts set him on his way last season.

Gordon said: "Arsene Wenger's words gave me a massive boost. He saw the Scotland-France game and had some kind things to say about me.

"For somebody like him to say that about you gives you a lift. He has done pretty much everything in the game.

"You take it as a pat on the back but you also have to keep your feet on the ground. You try to continue doing what attracted those comments in the first place.

"At a club like Arsenal I would have had to consider whether or not I would have got regular first-team football.

"With my international career it is important to be playing regularly. Arsenal is a huge club. I don't know what my thinking would have been at that stage of my career.

"But I've come to Sunderland, who paid an awful lot of money for me, and all I want is to play as well as I can for them."

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