Writer: Danny Cosker
Date:Monday September 12 2011
Arsenal manager - Arsene Wenger, believes that Swansea City's 'audacious' style is good enough to remain a Premier League team.
But the Arsenal manager has stressed, that the Swans' need to start scoring if they are to avoid a relegation fight.
Arsenal picked up their first win of the campaign courtesy of a bizarre mistake by Swans' keeper Michel Vorm. Swansea City looked good for a point all afternoon, against a nervous looking Arsenal out-fit that found themselves hanging on in the closing minutes of the game.
'Swansea remind me of Blackpool last season,' Wenger said. 'They play an audacious way — they are not restricted at all — and they are good technically.
'They are a good side who are technically perfect for the Premier League, but they need to get the first win.
'The longer they go without winning, the more they will question their ability to stay in the division.
'They have to continue the way they are, but their next home game will certainly be important.'
The Swansea City fans generated almost all of the atmosphere in a lackluster Emirates Stadium and even burst into song singing: 'You've only come to watch Swansea.' Whilst this is essentially a taunt, comparisons between the styles of Arsenal and Swansea are fair, with Wenger paying tribute to Brendan Rodgers' team:
'I looked at the numbers before the game and in terms of possession compared to other teams, they are in the top five in the league,' Wenger added.
'They look sound at the back too — they don't concede many goals — but they haven't scored yet.
'They look dangerous, especially on the flanks, but they need to take advantage and convert the chances they create.'
In truth, Wenger is just relieved to get three points:
'We couldn't get the second goal and that meant we had to make sure we didn't make a mistake,' Wenger added.
'When games go on like that, you end up playing not to make the mistake and that is not ideal.
'But the players knew that this game was all about getting three points.
'Before the game we hoped for a more emphatic win — we would have liked to give that to the fans after what happened at Old Trafford—- but that doesn't happen on command.
'The main thing was that we got over the line and we did that.'
Date:Monday September 12 2011
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