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Arsenal, This Is How Sunderland’s Phil Bardsley Is Preparing For Spurs On Sunday [PHOTOS]


With just days to go before a match on Sunday, Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley went out on the town this week to disastrous consequences — only days before their final match of the season against Tottenham Hotspur where Arsenal will be hoping that Bardsley and his colleagues will put up a good fight.

Bardsley was photographed with teammate Matt Kilgallon Wednesday night gambling in a local casino where he later appeared to pass out on the floor as his friends layered £50 notes around the Sunderland defender.

Sunderland are already lacking depth for Sunday’s match, so it’s critical that Bardsley and his colleagues are match fit. Craig Gardner and Stephane Sessegnon are suspended due to red cards, while Danny Rose, Steven Fletcher, Lee Cattermole and Wes Brown are injured.


To make matters worse for manager Paolo Di Canio, in addition to Bardsley and Kilgallon partying hard at a local casino, the Sunderland boss could be down to just 14 first-team regulars for the match at White Hart Lane on Sunday, and he may need to bring four youngsters with him just to make up the numbers.


What’s your opinion about Phil Bardsley’s actions? Do players deserve a night out? What do you think about the excess of money on display? And if you’re an Arsenal supporter, what’s your opinion about Sunderland not seeming to care much about their match on Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur, which could have a big impact if Arsenal slips up against Newcastle?

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  1. Michael Healy

    May 19, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Feel compelled to comment, as I saw this Tues night. Most of the team were out as they’d been to watch the arsenal v Wigan game. I spoke to a couple of the players and they were understandably on a high from the result, but none appeared to be drinking! Can’t say I personally spoke to Bardsley, but I saw the win and it was all in good fun. Surely being ‘big time’ would be not celebrating winning money?! Anyway, just think its poor that two players are being singled out, when clearly most were there!

  2. Bishopville Red

    May 17, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Can we confirm a date? It’s never a good idea for anyone to get that level of paralytic, let alone someone who needs his body as finely tuned as possible in order to perform, but a Monday night is different than a Wednesday or Thursday night when you have a game on Saturday.

    Bardsley gets fined for completely inappropriate conduct.

    Kilgallon gets the exact same for being stupid enough to be the camera instead of getting him out of sight.



    • The Gaffer

      May 17, 2013 at 10:57 am

      The article mentions Wednesday night.

      The Gaffer

    • Darren Barren

      May 17, 2013 at 11:59 am

      I think a date of “any time during the football season” is sufficiently incriminating. Even if he had got drunk to the point of unconsciousness on a Monday, that still means he wouldn’t be fit for training on Tuesday, and possibly not for training on Wednesday either (certainly not to give it his best). So that’s one, maybe two days of training lost out of a maximum of five.

    • Darren Barren

      May 17, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Kilgallon gets the exact same for being stupid enough to be the camera instead of getting him out of sight.

      It does make you wonder what goes through any of their heads. If they’re professional sportsmen, they shouldn’t get in this state, they shouldn’t allow their colleagues to get in this state, and they shouldn’t be taking photos of each other in this state.

      I’ve been reading a bit about the Alex Ferguson this week, and the attitude he instilled behind the scenes. Do you think he (or his stewards like Keane and Neville) would tolerate any of that?

  3. Bobby

    May 17, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Pahahahaa xD ‘Darren Fletcher’, Danny Rose Isn’t injured either, he’s just illegible to play… Seriously I couldn’t take this seriously after reading those mistakes, get your facts right before you publish this

  4. Jason

    May 17, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I can see Spurs really hammer Sunderland and score more than 6 goals. Spurs put 9 past Wigan not too long ago and I can see a similar performance by Spurs.

    Unfortunately for Spurs they will need Arsenal to lose or Chelsea to lose by a big margin for them to get Champions league football next season.

    Di Canio has already told the Sunderland players that they will be in training next week and will be required to come back 3 weeks earlier than scheduled for the pre-season. Now we know why he is doing this. The players lack discipline.

  5. Jonny D

    May 17, 2013 at 9:46 am

    What a tw*t. He’s had a stinker of a season and appeared humble in a recent interview and now shows his true colours. As a former fans player of the year it’s tough to say this but I hope we get rid of him because he’s clearly comfortable with performing to a mediocre level.

  6. Mufc77

    May 17, 2013 at 9:41 am

    As a manager or a fan of the team you can’t be happy seeing this in the papers.

    The fact that another player at the club allowed it to be photographed and end up in public like it was some kind of joke should tell you everything about the mentality within the squad.

  7. stu

    May 17, 2013 at 9:26 am


    • FreddyFreak

      May 17, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      I find it funny that your “Survival Sunday” competition is fall down drunk and you respond with “COYS”.

  8. stu

    May 17, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I suppose arsenal fans ignore the comments of alan pardew stating that he doesnt care if newcastle lose 4-0 to arsenal on sunday?? Phil bardsley is a pivotal, world class player. Mmmm…

  9. Mufc77

    May 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Sure players deserve a night out and this shows is why he’s playing for Sunderland and not a top team.

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