Ki targets another Emirates shock

27th October 2017
First team

Ki Sung-Yueng hopes Swansea City can deliver again at Arsenal this weekend as they bid to find a response after back-to-back home defeats.

Paul Clement’s men felt they had turned a corner after seeing off Huddersfield at the Liberty Stadium a fortnight ago.

But they were beaten on their own patch in the Premier League by Leicester last Saturday, then saw their Carabao Cup hopes ended by Manchester United.

The Swans now go on the road again – to a ground where they have had considerable success in the past.

In six Premier League visits to the Emirates, the Swans have won three times, drawn once and been beaten on only two occasions.

That is a remarkable record given the relative stature of the two clubs – and Ki has fingers crossed that the Swans can chalk up another famous result tomorrow.

Having made his first start of the season in midweek, the midfielder is hopeful of retaining his place in North London.

And he said: “My injury is behind me and I just want to focus on winning games now.

“We need to do that because we have to react to the results we have had, starting against Arsenal this weekend.

“Everyone knows it is going to be a tough game – they are one of the top clubs and they have a great squad.

“But we have to go there and give everything to try to get a result.”

The Swans were beaten 3-2 at Arsenal last season – their first league loss at the Emirates since 2011.

They first won there in December 2012, when Michu’s late double secured one of the club’s most memorable Premier League triumphs.

Wilfried Bony was on target in a 2-2 draw at Arsenal the following season, before Bafetimbi Gomis scored a late winner for the Swans in May 2015.

There was another away success in March 2016, when Wayne Routledge and Ashley Williams found the target in a 2-1 triumph.

“We have good memories playing Arsenal away,” Ki added.

“They will be full of confidence and there's a lot of quality in their team, but who knows what can happen if we perform.

“We have to do our best and be ready for the game. If we do that, we will have a chance.”