Gilles Sunu

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Gilles Sunu
FC Lorient - May 24th 2013 training - Gilles Sunu.JPG
Personal information
Full name Gilles Sunu
Date of birth (1991-03-30) 30 March 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Châteauroux, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Lorient
Number 18
Youth career
1997–2007 Châteauroux
2007–2009 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Arsenal 0 (0)
2009–2010 Derby County (loan) 9 (1)
2010–2011 Lorient (loan) 9 (0)
2011– Lorient 52 (5)
National team
2007–2008 France U17 7 (1)
2008–2009 France U18 8 (2)
2009–2010 France U19 16 (2)
2010–2011 France U20 14 (4)
2011 France U21 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2011

Gilles Sunu (born 30 March 1991) is a French professional footballer who plays in France for Lorient as a striker. Sunu is a French youth international and currently plays on the under-21 team.

Career[edit]

Sunu was born in Châteauroux, Indre. He began his career at the LB Châteauroux academy, but moved to Arsenal in July 2007 on a four-year contract for a fee between £700,000 and £1 million.[1]

Arsenal[edit]

2009–10 season[edit]

Gilles had an impressive first half of the season with Arsenal Reserves, making 9 appearances and scoring four goals.[2] He made his first team debut for the club when he started a League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion on 22 September 2009, playing 58 minutes before being substituted for Carlos Vela.[3] On 9 December 2009 Sunu made his Champions League debut in Arsenal's 1–0 away defeat to Olympiakos, coming on for Jack Wilshere on 76 minutes.[4]

Loan to Derby County[edit]

On 18 February 2010, Sunu signed for Derby County on loan until the end of the 2009/10 season[5] Gilles made his debut for The Rams as a first half substitute in a 1–0 defeat to Swansea City, coming on for the injured Kris Commons before being later substituted on the 85-minute. Sunu scored his first goal in a 4–1 defeat away to Reading on 10 March 2010. After Stephen Pearson and Rob Hulse worked a smart one-two on the left side of the area and when Pearson was halted by a challenge, Sunu poked the loose ball past Adam Federici from the edge of the area.[6] In total, Sunu made nine appearances for Derby before returning to Arsenal slightly earlier than intended after picking up an injury in Derby's penultimate game of the season away to Bristol City.[7]

2010–11 season[edit]

After scoring in the final of the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship in July, Gilles suffered a cartilage injury in his right knee that would keep him out of action for two months. Sunu made his comeback for Arsenal Reserves against Blackpool at the end of September and went onto make 8 appearances and score twice.[8]

Loan to Lorient[edit]

On 31 January 2011, Gilles Sunu opted to join FC Lorient on loan for the remainder of the 2010–11 campaign.[9] He made his debut for Les Merlus as a second half substitute in the 2–0 victory over SM Caen.[10] Gilles got his first assist in the 3–2 away victory to RC Lens. After rounding Lens goalkeeper Vedran Runje, Sunu flicked the ball back from the byline for Kevin Gameiro to head in from 5 yards to make the score 2–2.[11] Gilles completed his loan at Lorient, making 9 appearances all from the substitutes bench.[12] Sky Sports reported that Lorient manager Christian Gourcuff was keen to re-sign Sunu as well as his Arsenal team mate Francis Coquelin on an additional years loan, with Sunu hinting that he would welcome a return to the seaport town.[13]

Lorient[edit]

Gilles Sunu signed a 4-year contract with Lorient on 31 August 2011 just three days after being an unused sub in Arsenal's 8–2 defeat to Manchester United.[14] Sunu made his full debut for Lorient in the 1–1 away draw against FC Sochaux, coming on as a 62nd minute substitute for Arnold Mvuemba.[15] On 6 November 2011, Sunu scored his first goal for Lorient and made an assist in the 2–0 home win against AC Ajaccio. Sunu went past his man and cut the ball back for Yann Jouffre to score from outside the box. Before Jouffre turned provider and played Sunu in on goal with only the keeper to beat.[16] Sunu scored his second goal of the season in the quarter finals of the Coupe De La Ligue in the 1–0 away victory to Le Mans FC. Gilles beat Le Mans 'keeper Giorgi Makaridze at the near post on the 70th minute after coming on as a 62nd minute sub for Innocent Emeghara.[17]

International career[edit]

Sunu is a French youth international having earned caps for the under-17s, under-18s, under-19s, under-20s and under-21s. Sunu served as captain throughout the 2008–09 season for the under-19s. During the final of the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, Sunu equalised against Spain to put France on course for a 2–1 victory.[18] Sunu was named in France under-20's final 21-man squad that competed at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Sunu started all seven of France's world cup games, scoring 2 goals in total, as France finished fourth in Colombia.[19]

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of former Togolese international Manu Sunu.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 23 January 2012[21]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2009–10 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
Derby County (loan) 2009–10 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
FC Lorient 2010–11 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2011–12 15 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 18 2
2012–13 17 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 21 4
2013–14 12 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 14 1
Career total 56 5 5 0 4 3 1 0 66 8

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Arsenal

International[edit]

France

References[edit]

  1. ^ Transfers: Arsenal sign teenager Sunu, telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  2. ^ 2009/10 Player Review: Gilles Sunu, Arsenal.com. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  3. ^ Arsenal 2–0 West Brom, bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  4. ^ Match: Olympiakos v Arsenal – UEFA Champions League – ESPN Soccernet, soccernet.espn.go.com. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  5. ^ Gilles Sunu joins Derby County on loan, arsenal.com. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  6. ^ Reading 4–1 Derby, bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  7. ^ Sunu returns to Arsenal, dcfc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  8. ^ Sunu: ‘I’ve missed playing football’ | News Archive | News | Arsenal.com, arsenal.com. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  9. ^ Sunu joins Lorient on loan, arsenal.com. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  10. ^ Match: Caen v Lorient – French Ligue 1 – ESPN Soccernet, soccernet.espn.go.com. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  11. ^ Report: Lens v Lorient – French Ligue 1 – ESPN Soccernet, soccernet.espn.go.com. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Ligue1.com – French Football League – Player profile Gilles SUNU". Ligue1.com. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  13. ^ "Lorient keen to keep Gunners". Patrick Haond. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  14. ^ "Arsenal's Sunu signs for Lorient". football.co.uk. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  15. ^ "Ligue1.com – French Football League – Ligue 1 – Season 2011/2012 – Week 5 – FC Sochaux-Montbéliard / FC Lorient". Ligue 1. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  16. ^ "Statistics: Lorient v AC Ajaccio". http://soccernet.espn.go.com. ESPN. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-10. 
  17. ^ "Match Stats: Le Mans FC – FC Lorient". http://www.ligue1.com. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  18. ^ "Hosts France celebrate Caen success – UEFA.com". UEFA.com. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  19. ^ "FFF : Equipe de France, football, Bleus, Laurent Blanc, émotion bleue, vidéo, fiche, boutique". FFF. 13 June 2011. Archived from the original on 3 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  20. ^ Transfers: Arsenal sign teenager Sunu, telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  21. ^ "Statistics". Soccernet. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 

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