Sunderland boss David Moyes is confident he still has the support of owner Ellis Short amid a desperately difficult start to his reign on Wearside.
Moyes heads into today's clash with high-flying Arsenal still awaiting his first Premier League victory as manager and with some fans having already delivered a damning verdict on his tenure just nine games into the campaign. Asked if he sensed Short is remaining patient over the situation, the manager replied: "I've never thought anything different. The length of the contract he gave me, his words tell you that."
Only the most loyal of supporters will arrive at the Stadium of Light today expecting Sunderland to avoid a defeat which would see them equal Manchester City's record low points haul of just two after 10 Premier League games.
He said: "We probably go into the game carrying a little bit less pressure because everybody doesn't expect us to get anything from it, so we can go into it and try to see if we can cause a big upset."