Arsenal transfers: Mignolet focused on helping Sunderland improve

Arsenal transfers: Sunderland's Simon Mignolet hopes to help the Black Cats improve next term amid interest from the Gunners

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Paolo Di Canio replaced Martin O'Neill at Sunderland in March Photo: Back Page Images

Simon Mignolet says he hopes Sunderland can do “a lot better” next season amid speculation linking the goalkeeper with a move to Arsenal.

The Belgium international has impressed for the Black Cats with his eye-catching performances in goal despite the club narrowly avoiding relegation to the Championship.

And the 24-year-old, who has two years remaining on his current deal, is already relishing the chance to help Paolo Di Canio’s men finish higher up the Premier League table next term.

“As a footballer, you want to do well and want to win games and finish higher in the table than 17th,” Mignolet told the Shields Gazette.

“On that point, it was a disappointing season.

“But then again, there’s a reason for that and hopefully next year we can do a lot better.

“Of course, when a new manager comes in, there’s new things around and since he’s come in, all the games we’ve played – apart from the Aston Villa game – there were positives. So that’s good for the future.

“During the season, you don’t really think about how things are going because you still have a lot to fight for, even if that’s avoiding relegation.

“But now the season is over, you can make a judgement on how well we’ve played and how bad we’ve played.

“Now is a time to look back over the season and for everyone to look in the mirror to see what they can do better for next season.”

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