Arca: Don’t compare me to Maradona

Arca said: “Don’t compare me to Maradona, you can’t, but he was my hero and it was good to play in the free role behind the strikers.

“It is something I like because I am getting more involved in the game. I only played once or twice in six years at Sunderland in that role, but it is something that suits me.

“It is a position you have to work harder and I will do the best I can. George Boateng does a lot of hard work behind me and I am supposed to be the one who plays and knocks the ball around.

“A creative midfielder is the type of player the manager has been looking for and I want to do well in there, do things right and stay in the team. The more me and George play together the more we will understand each other.”