‘We need Victor’ - Moyes on Anichebe’s importance for Sunderland’s final fights

Although the Black Cats are relegated, their boss is not going down with hands folded and he insists on help from the injured Nigerian power

Sunderland’s David Moyes has stated the importance of his ‘only real targetman’, Victor Anichebe ahead of their last two encounters before they head for their English second-tier adventure.

The Black Cats’ 10-year stint in the English Premier League was ended by Bournemouth in a 1-0 loss last month.

But with games against Arsenal and champions elect, Chelsea left to play, the Scot has insisted on having Anichebe with Jason Denayer - both of whom went off injured in weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Swansea - for a final fight in the topflight.

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First, the Stadium of Light outfit do battle with Arsene Wenger’s men on Tuesday before bidding farewell to the premier league against Antonio Conte’s all-conquering side on May 21.

“I hope not. I’m needing both of them for the games,” Moyes said during Arsenal’s pre-match press conference.

"We’re away to teams where we might need to play Jason as a centre-back because I need his speed at the back.

“We need Victor as the only real target man we have to play into.

“They’re both really important so I hope they’re not (out for the season) but I’ll find out how they are.”