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Arca: Poyet Can Be Sunderland Legend - If They Let Him!

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Former winger believes in Gus.

Richard Sellers

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Julio Arca believes that Gus Poyet is destined to become a Sunderland 'legend' - if he gets the time to remould the club.

The Argentinian, who still lives in Sunderland despite retiring from football two years ago, is as sick as the rest of us of the club's perpetual struggles in the league and insists his fellow South American is the man to end that and finally establish the Black Cats in the top half of the Premier League.

Arca said:

I've been here fourteen years now and it has always been the same. People think of Sunderland as a ‘rollercoaster'- it can be up and down and it's something that we have become used to.

It's not nice but despite struggling last season we managed to stay up and showed that we can play good football, especially in the last six games.

I think it's about consistency, spending money on the right players and giving time and funds to the right manager.

I believe Gus Poyet is a great manager but he needs time to change things in both the first team and the academy in order to get it right.

If they give him time I believe he'll become a legend at the club and I'm sure he'll stabilise us as a top side in the Premier League.

Hope you're right, Julio!

Arca was speaking at Whitburn Cricket Club where he was quizzed extensively on his Sunderland career, his strong and lasting connection to the club, why Nicolas Medina flopped, how he came very close to an emotional return to Sunderland as a player, and much much more.

Be sure to log on to Roker Report tomorrow when Gavin Henderson brings you the full interview.