Gilles Sunu

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Gilles Sunu
FC Lorient - May 24th 2013 training - Gilles Sunu.JPG
Sunu with Lorient in 2013
Personal information
Full name Gilles Christ Sunu[1]
Date of birth (1991-03-30) 30 March 1991 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Châteauroux, France
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
BB Erzurumspor
Number 91
Youth career
1997–2007 Châteauroux
2007–2009 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Arsenal 0 (0)
2009–2010Derby County (loan) 9 (1)
2010–2011Lorient (loan) 9 (0)
2011Lorient B (loan) 4 (0)
2011–2015 Lorient 67 (6)
2012–2014 Lorient B 10 (3)
2015 Evian 10 (3)
2015–2018 Angers 75 (3)
2018– BB Erzurumspor 30 (4)
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)
2018– Togo 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:00, 24 August 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2019

Gilles Christ Sunu (born 30 March 1991) is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for BB Erzurumspor. He has featured for clubs Arsenal, Derby County, Lorient, Evian Thonon Gaillard F.C., and Angers. Born in France, Sunu represents the Togo national football team internationally.

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.[3] At Arsenal whilst playing for the club's academy, Sunu won the FA Youth Cup of 2009 beating Liverpool by 6–2 on aggregate in both legs of the final. He was also victorious in winning the Premier Academy League of 2009 thus helping the club towards an historic youth double.[4][5]

Arsenal[edit]

2009–10 season[edit]

Gilles had an impressive first half of the season with Arsenal Reserves, making nine appearances and scoring four goals. [6] 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.[7] On 9 December 2009, Sunu made his UEFA Champions League debut in Arsenal's 1–0 away defeat to Olympiacos, coming on for Jack Wilshere on 76 minutes.[8]

Loan to Derby County[edit]

On 18 February 2010, Sunu signed for Derby County on loan until the end of the 2009–10 season.[9] He 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 goalkeeper Adam Federici from the edge of the area.[10] 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.[11]

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 the Arsenal Reserves against Blackpool at the end of September and went on to make eight appearances, scoring twice.[12]

Loan to Lorient[edit]

On 31 January 2011, Sunu opted to join Lorient on loan for the remainder of the 2010–11 campaign.[13] He made his debut for Les Merlus as a second-half substitute in the 2–0 victory over Caen.[14] Gilles created his first assist in the 3–2 away victory to Lens. After rounding Lens goalkeeper Vedran Runje, Sunu flicked the ball back from the byline for Kevin Gameiro to head in from five yards to make the score 2–2.[15] Gilles completed his loan at Lorient making nine appearances, all from the substitutes' bench.[16] Sky Sports reported that Lorient manager Christian Gourcuff was keen to re-sign Sunu as well as his Arsenal teammate Francis Coquelin on an additional year's loan, with Sunu hinting that he would welcome a return to the seaport town.[17]

Lorient[edit]

Sunu with Lorient in 2013

Gilles Sunu signed a four-year contract with Lorient on 31 August 2011, just three days after being an unused substitute in Arsenal's heavy 8–2 defeat to Manchester United.[18] Sunu made his full debut for Lorient in the 1–1 away draw against Sochaux, coming on as a 62nd-minute substitute for Arnold Mvuemba.[19] On 6 November 2011, Sunu scored his first goal for Lorient and made an assist in the 2–0 home win against 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.[20] Sunu scored his second goal of the season in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue of 2012 in the 1–0 away victory to Le Mans. Gilles beat Le Mans goalkeeper Giorgi Makaridze at the near post on the 70th minute after coming on as a 62nd-minute substitute for Innocent Emeghara.[21]

Evian[edit]

Sunu moved in January 2015 to the Parc des Sports so as to join up with that of Evian in a one and a half year deal.[22] He in all played 10 matches for Les Roses, scoring three goals altogether.[23]

Angers SCO[edit]

Sunu went on to leave Evian in the summer of that year so as to link up with fellow Ligue 1 team Angers SCO.[23]

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. He 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.[24]

Sunu was named in France under-20's final 21-man squad that competed at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He started all seven of France's world cup games, scoring two goals in total as France finished fourth in Colombia.[25]

In September 2018 he switched his international allegiance to Togo, the country of his father Manu.[26] He made his debut for the Togo national football team in a 1-1 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification tie with The Gambia on 12 October 2018.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Sunu is the son of former Togolese international Manu Sunu.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 4 July 2018[28]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2009–10 Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
Derby County (loan) 2009–10 Championship 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Lorient 2010–11 Ligue 1 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 18 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 20 1
2014–15 17 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 18 1
Total 76 6 6 0 4 2 0 0 86 8
Evian 2014–15 Ligue 1 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 3
Angers 2015–16 Ligue 1 32 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 35 2
2016–17 23 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 27 0
2017–18 20 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 23 1
Total 75 3 6 0 4 0 0 0 85 3
Career total 170 13 12 0 9 2 1 0 192 15

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Togo's goal tally first.[29]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 September 2019 Stade de Kégué, Lomé, Togo  Comoros 2–0 2–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Arsenal[4][5]

France U19

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Gilles Sunu: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Arsenal sign teenager Sunu". Telegraph.co.uk..
  4. ^ a b "2009 FA YOUTH CUP". Arsenal.com.
  5. ^ a b "Jack Wilshere leads Arsenal's generation next into Carling Cup". The Guardian.com.
  6. ^ "Player Review: Gilles Sunu". Arsenal.com..
  7. ^ "Arsenal 2–0 West Brom". BBC.co.uk.
  8. ^ "Match: Olympiakos v Arsenal – UEFA Champions League". Soccernet.ESPN.go.com.
  9. ^ "Gilles Sunu joins Derby County on loan". arsenal.com.
  10. ^ "Reading 4–1 Derby". BBC.co.uk.
  11. ^ "Sunu returns to Arsenal". DCFC.co.uk..
  12. ^ "Sunu: "I've missed playing football"". Arsenal.com..
  13. ^ "Sunu joins Lorient on loan". Arsenal.com..
  14. ^ "Match: Caen v Lorient – Ligue 1". Soccernet.Espn.go.com..
  15. ^ "Report: Lens v Lorient – French Ligue 1". Soccernet.Espn.go.com..
  16. ^ "Ligue1.com – French Football League – Player profile Gilles SUNU". Ligue1.com. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  17. ^ "Lorient keen to keep Gunners". Patrick Haond. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  18. ^ "Arsenal's Sunu signs for Lorient". football.co.uk. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  19. ^ "Ligue1.com – French Football League – Ligue 1 – Season 2011/2012 – Week 5 – FC Sochaux-Montbéliard / FC Lorient". Ligue 1. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  20. ^ "Statistics: Lorient v AC Ajaccio". Soccernet.ESPN.go.com. ESPN. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  21. ^ "Match Stats: Le Mans FC – FC Lorient". Ligue 1.com. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  22. ^ "Transfer Deadline Day LIVE: 2nd February 2015 #GFFNDDay". Get Football News France.com.
  23. ^ a b "Gilles Sunu signe à Angers". L Equipe.fr (in French).
  24. ^ "Hosts France celebrate Caen success – UEFA.com". UEFA.com. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  25. ^ "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 13 June 2011.
  26. ^ "Ex-France under-21 player Gilles Sunu cleared for Togo switch". Bbc.co.uk. 26 September 2018.
  27. ^ "Élim CAN 2019 / Togo 1-1 Gambie : Un nul qui éloigne les éperviers du Cameroun". 12 October 2018.
  28. ^ "G. Sunu". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  29. ^ "Gilles Sunu". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  30. ^ "UEFA Under-19 Championships Final: France 2-1 Spain - Arsenal's Gilles Sunu on target". Goal.com.

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