Arsenal’s visitors on Wednesday night, Swansea City, are languishing in the Premier League and still have plenty to play for.
Back in August very few would’ve expected the Swans to be in the relegation battle, but with 11 games remaining they find themselves just three points clear of danger.
Now under the guidance of Francesco Guidolin, the Welsh side have looked better lately despite narrowly losing their last two matches against Southampton and Spurs.
“Swansea want to secure their position in the Premier League so you expect them to fight very hard, to be very committed, and be well organised defensively,” said Arsène Wenger on Tuesday morning. Last season the Swans won at the Emirates Stadium with a disciplined performance, but we cannot afford to drop points this time around.
The problem is, they can’t either. 16th in the league and desperate to stay up, we can expect a dogged performance from our opponents.
“They are a good side who find themselves in a position where they did not expect to be in at the start of the season because they lost confidence with a bad start and after that it’s difficult.”
That’ll make Wednesday’s game tough but we have to figure out how to break sides down if we’re going to clinch the title or, at this rate, even stay in the race. Saturday is huge, but it’ll mean a whole lot less if we don’t beat Swansea first.