By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger says he had little doubt that Sebastian Larsson would carve out a strong career for himself in the Premier League.

Larsson travels to Emirates Stadium on Sunday to line up for Sunderland against his old club. The 26-year-old has enjoyed a solid start to his time on Wearside and has established himself as a regular in Steve Bruce’s side.

The Swedish international left Arsenal in 2006 to join Birmingham on loan and then made the move permanent before heading north in the summer.

“He has done extremely well,” Wenger said. “He has been educated here and we are always very happy when we can contribute to the career of a player.

“When he was a young boy there were many big players in front of him. He went first to Birmingham to the Championship level and then slowly moved up.

“I was always confident he could make it because he had a fantastic attitude, a great engine and good technique. I am not surprised he is doing well.”

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