Monk calls for big Swans performance
7th November 2014
Garry Monk has urged his players to put on a performance to make the Jack Army proud ahead of Sunday's sell-out clash against Arsenal (4pm).
The Swans welcome Arsene Wenger's side to SA1 as they look to build an impressive start to the season.
With a quarter of the campaign now gone, Monk's side sit sixth in the table - just two places and two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.
And with the Sky Sports cameras in place for Sunday's televised game, the Swans boss has called on his players to put on a show for the club's supporters.
"It will be a very difficult game for us," said Monk. "They (Arsenal) are a top side and have a fantastic and talented squad.
"But we have great confidence and we'll have the fans behind us. It's another sell-out crowd here on Sunday and hopefully we can get them right behind us and put on a performance.
"We have always had good games against Arsenal and hopefully Sunday is another one."
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last five matches in all competitions, but have suffered an indifferent first quarter of the campaign.
The Gunners are nine points adrift of league leaders Manchester City and threw away a three-goal lead to draw with Anderlecht in the Champions League in midweek.
However, it is the form of summer signing Alexis Sanchez that has got fans and pundits purring around the Emirates.
The Chilean international has scored 11 goals in 17 appearances and Monk is aware of the threat that both he and his team-mates can pose.
"(Alexis) Sanchez has lit up the Premier League so far," he said. "But they are an attack minded side and have threats from all areas.
"Arsenal have always been an exciting team to watch, but we are focussing on ourselves and how we can cause them problems.
"We're on track to where we want to be and we are progressing well as a team. We have played some great attacking football and scored some wonderful goals.
"There is still a long way to go but the players have adapted quickly and hopefully there is more to come."