Saturday 22 June 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Sunderland secured the services of out-of-contract Sweden international Sebastian Larsson ahead of the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League campaign.
The 26-year-old had mixed fortunes with previous club Birmingham City in the previous season, winning the 2011 League Cup but also suffering relegation from the top flight. However, he remained in the Premier League as Steve Bruce's Sunderland bolstered their squad.
Sweden international Larsson had been with the Blues for three seasons in the Premier League, scoring 14 goals in 103 appearances, having started his professional career with Arsenal.
The midfielder made an instant impact at Sunderland with a superbly taken goal in the opening match of the season against Liverpool at Anfield.
Larsson scored seven League goals in the 2011/12 season, including a brace in a thrilling 3-3 draw with eventual title winners Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. The Black Cats finished 13th that season.
Larsson featured in all 38 of Sunderland's matches last season as they avoided relegation once more. He scored one League goal, which was a spectacular long range strike against West Ham United at the Stadium of Light.
Larsson has become something of a free-kick specialist during his time in the Premier League too, scoring nine goals from free-kicks since his first top flight campaign with Birmingham City in 2006/07.
Larsson is set to feature for the Black Cats on 24 July when they face Tottenham Hotspur at the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.
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