Arsenal memories will inspire us, claims Swansea skipper

14:01 05 January 2013

Swansea City

Swansea City's Garry Monk acknowledges the crowd after the final whistle. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Swansea will be inspired by memories of last season’s famous Barclays Premier League win over Arsenal when the clubs meet again in the FA Cup third round, according to captain Garry Monk.

Last January’s 3-2 win over the Gunners was arguably the highlight of Swansea’s maiden Premier League campaign, and put the south Wales club firmly on the map as they outplayed the top-flight’s renowned pass masters.

Since then Swansea have also gone to the Emirates Stadium and come away with victory, thanks to Michu’s double in a 2-0 win in December, and Monk believes those successes mean Swansea will take a fearless approach come Sunday lunchtime.

“The win last season was amazing and was fully deserved,” said Monk.

“It was one of the landmark games of the first season and gave us a lot of confidence that we could perform in the Premier League, although this game is in the Cup we will take that into Sunday.

“It was a fantastic win at the Emirates as well, but that was also very deserved and that’s the point we are trying to make.

“We played well for 90 minutes and it was a professional performance, but we know the FA Cup is going to be something different.

“We want to get the job done in 90 minutes and I think it will be a different game from the one at the Emirates because they’ve been on a decent run of form since then.

“But it does make a difference when you play these sides week in, week out.

“When you are a lower league club there is a bit more of the unknown but everybody is an established Premier League player now so it is a little less daunting.

“It’s one to look forward to as a player and a big plus for us is that it’s at home in front of our own supporters.”

Related articles


Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 07:03
Islington BC captain Jeff Ofori (right) will be in action on the club's latest show at the Boston Dome

Islington BC plan to give debuts to several fighters when they stage their first home show of the new season this week.

Sunday, October 11, 2015
Marta Corredera of Arsenal Ladies

Arsenal Ladies 3 Birmingham City Ladies 1

Thursday, October 8, 2015
John Ryder (right) in action against Nick Blackwell in ttheir British middleweight title fight at the O2 Arena in May

John Ryder’s trainer is hoping a new nutritional regime can revitalise the Islington star’s career as he prepares for his comeback fight this weekend.

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Arsenal Ladies' Jordan Nobbs battles with Kathleen Radtke of Manchester City Women (right) during the Gunners' 1-0 win in the Continental Cup

Midfielder Jordan Nobbs is determined to finish her frustrating season on a high by helping the Gunners to regain the Continental Cup.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Jordan Grannum (red shorts) defeats William Warburton at the Camden Centre. Pic: Philip Sharkey/TGS Photo

Islington welterweight Jordan Grannum made a successful start to his professional career as he eased to a comfortable points win over William Warburton at York Hall.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Highgate Harriers' Andy Maud. Pic: Dieter Perry

Andy Maud stole the show in only his second appearance for Highgate Harriers on Saturday, recording the best time of all the club runners at the National Six Stage Road Relays.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Mile End (dark blue) lost 3-1 to Shakespeare in the Hackney & Leyton Sunday League.

Mile End remain top of the Hackney & Leyton League Premier Division despite losing 3-1 against a rejuvenated Shakespeare.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Judo player Luca Veras (left) with Sensei Basil Dawkins

Islington youngster Luca Veras claimed his third consecutive gold medal on Sunday since graduating to red belt level in the summer.

Most read sport


Angharad Baa Stool in Rare Breed.

Great British Life is offering a sheepskin footstool worth £199 to a lucky reader

Amazon: Everything you want to buy all in one place!

With £1,500 to spend online at Amazon, there’s really nothing you can’t buy.

You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

Digital Edition

Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder