Arnie promises strong Sydney for final-round ‘celebration’


Graham Arnold has vowed Sydney FC will be at full strength next weekend as they aim to finish a record-breaking regular season on a high.

Sydney gave up a stoppage time equaliser in a 1-1 draw away to Wellington Phoenix on Saturday, meaning the premiers require three points against Newcastle Jets to break the Hyundai A-League record for most points in a season.

Phoenix strike late to salvage point against Sydney FC

“We’ve got one game left in the normal season and we’ll put our best team out,” Arnold said.

“We get the opportunity to celebrate the Premiers Plate which for me is as good as the Grand Final trophy.

“It shows we’re the best team in the country over 27 rounds.

“We’ll go out against Newcastle with our full team.”

After opening the scoring through Bobo’s second half penalty, Sydney missed a chance to notch their 20th win when Michael McGlinchey nodded in a leveller in the second minute of added time.

Phoenix skipper Andrew Durante challenges for the ball with Sydney FC striker Alex Brosque.

“To concede in the last minute is disappointing but it also gives me a good opportunity to shake the boys up a little bit,” he said.

“First half I wasn’t happy with the way we turned over possession. We gave the ball away too cheap and when you do that against a team like Phoenix you’re asking for trouble.

“I thought second half we took control and it was more like what we’ve been producing this season.”