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
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.”