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As members of the Black Cats squad travel to the Reebok Stadium to lay a shirt and show their support, the Dane speaks fondly about his former Arsenal youth team-mate

Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner has spoken of his great friendship with Fabrice Muamba as members of the Black Cats' squad travel to the Reebok Stadium to show their respects to the stricken Bolton midfielder.

Sunderland players visited the stadium this afternoon to lay a shirt at the site dedicated to the Bolton player who suffered cardiac arrest in Saturdays FA Cup tie with Tottenham.

The Dane went through Arsenal's youth system with Muamba and has echoed many of the sentiments shared about the midfielder's great qualities.

Bendtner told BBC Sport: “It’s a tragedy everyone around football knows what’s happened and everyone is really sad. We want to pay our respects.

“He’s a great guy, the sweetest guy you could ever meet and its just really sad that this could happen to him.

“We came here to lay our shirt and show our respect and the whole of Sunderland and the fans are obviously doing that.”

Muamba is continuing to show signs of improvement at London's Chest Hospital but remains in a critical condition.