Larsson - Cats confident

Swedish star relishing another 'terrific test' against Gunners

Seb Larsson: Looking forward to Saturday's FA Cup fifth round clash

Sunderland ace Seb Larsson says the Black Cats are confident they can progress from Saturday's FA Cup fifth round tie with Arsenal.

Martin O'Neill's side take on the Gunners for the second successive Saturday following the last-gasp 2-1 defeat in the Premier League.

Despite that reverse, Larrson says the Black Cats are confident they can win against his former club, who lost 4-0 to AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League in midweek.

He told the club's official website: "It's another great game this weekend. It's not often you play the same team at home two weeks running and this should be another terrific test for us.

"We're confident we can progress. It's going to be difficult against a team like Arsenal, but we'll take a lot of positives from last week and go into this weekend's game really believing we can win it."

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"This week it's Arsenal who've had the midweek game, so hopefully that might benefit us a bit.

"When you get to this stage of the cup you're only a few games away from going to Wembley and anything can happen now.

"That's especially true with us being at home and playing as we have been lately.

"We're confident we can progress. It's going to be difficult against a team like Arsenal, but we'll take a lot of positives from last week and go into this weekend's game really believing we can win it."

Henry goal

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry - on loan from MLS-outfit New York Red Bulls - netted an injury-time goal to win it for the Gunners last weekend.

Larsson added: "I suppose it was written in the stars that Henry was going to score late on in his last game in the Premier League.

"We were so disappointed because we put a big effort in, but you could see for the first time for a while that in the last 10 minutes we were really struggling."

He added: "We'll still be very high, even though we lost last weekend.

"We know what we've done and what we're capable of, and it's about keeping that run going until the end of the season.

"The games are coming thick and fast now and there's not that much of the season left so we need to finish it off as strongly as we can."