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Sunderland Manager David Moyes Says He Won’t Panic

David Moyes’ Sunderland have made the worst ever start to a Premier League season but the former Manchester United boss shrugged off talk about his future after a 4-1 defeat to Arsenal.

“It wasn’t a difficult afternoon until the last 15 or 20 minutes,” said Moyes, who is still seeking his first league win since succeeding Sam Allardyce in July. “I didn’t think we collapsed. I thought we lost to quality goals and Giroud coming off the bench.

“We’d got it back to 1-1 and I wanted to win but Arsenal can hurt you; they’re really good at cutting through you. They’ve got great quality and they’re competing for the title. I’m really disappointed. I wouldn’t say the score flattered them but we’d done enough not to be beaten by that amount of goals; we’d grown into the game and got back into it. I don’t think we deserved to lose by four goals.”

Although Sunderland’s next two games at Bournemouth and at home against Hull City could yet prove pivotal there is no appetite on the part of Ellis Short, the owner, and Martin Bain, the chief executive, for sacking their seventh manager in five years.

“I’m experienced. I have been not quite in this position before, but I am experienced, lots of games in the Premier League. I’ll keep doing what I do.”

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