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Titus Bramble Thanks ‘Too Honest’ Andrey Arshavin

Stadium of Light defender admits his team were lucky to keep a clean sheet at the Emirates.

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Sunderland defender Titus Bramble admits his team were lucky to gain a point at the Emirates last weekend and believes Andrey Arshavin’s honesty let him off the hook.

Bramble was part of the rear-guard that kept Arsenal’s attackers at bay despite the Gunner’s dominating possession and chances.

Match officials, the woodwork and resolute Sunderland defending conspired together to nullify Arsenal’s goalscorers, who badly missed Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott and Cesc Fabregas through injury.

Arsenal should have been awarded a penalty after Bramble appeared to clip and then push the Russian international.

But Arshavin stayed on his feet and shot wide leaving the Sunderland centre-back a relieved a man.

“Maybe he was a little bit too honest,” Bramble told the press after the game. “But I would say it was good defending. I did enough to put him off.

“We could have won it and had some chances, but so did Arsenal. We were a bit lucky.

“I am not going to lie to you, we did a lot of work defensively because last week (against Everton) we were all over the place.

“We have had a bad run of late so it was good to get a point. We have done really well and we have to continue that.”

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