Sunderland players Lee Catermole and Nicklas Bendtner, who is on loan from Arsenal, have been arrested after going on a car-wrecking spree according to the Daily Mail.

The aforementioned source intimates the Sunderland midfielder and Arsenal striker are under a police investigation following claims the duo damaged a series of cars on the night of December 6<sup>th. The players' actions reportedly happened just hours after Martin O'Neill's first press conference in charge of the Black Cats.

The alleged incident is due to have taken place on Stockwell Street which is not far from Newcastle United's St James' Park Stadium - Sunderland's local Premier League rivals. Bendtner, who is on a season long loan from Arsenal and his Sunderland teammate Cattermole were reportedly arrested on Thursday and questioned on suspicion of causing criminal damage prior to being bailed later on that night.

The aforementioned Sunderland stars are believed to have damaged at least three cars in the incident which occurred a few days after the Black Cats loss to Wolves. The Mail intimate CCTV footage is understood to be under inspection from Police in order to identify the extent of the damage

A spokesman from Northumbria Police said: "Police can confirm that on Thursday, December 15, two men aged 23 were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

"If follows an investigation in to damage caused to cars on Stowell Street in Newcastle city centre, which happened at about 10pm on Tuesday, December 6."

The Sunderland pair were both absent from the club's recent victory over Blackburn Rovers which was Martin O'Neill's first game in charge. The on loan Arsenal star was injured while Cattermole suspended but their actions are likely to infuriate their new boss and the duo could be set for an extended hiatus from first team action should the allegations be true.

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole
Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt (L) is challenged by Sunderland's Lee Cattermole during their English Premier League soccer match in Sunderland, northern England March 20, 2011. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis