Monk expecting a reaction
24th March 2014
Swans head coach Garry Monk expects a strong reaction from Arsenal when his team travel to the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Arsene Wenger's side suffered a 6-0 defeat against Chelsea on Saturday in what was his 1000th game in charge of the club.
That setback was a huge blow to the Gunners' title challenge as they sit seven points off the Premier League summit.
However, Arsenal can cut that gap to four points with a win on Tuesday against a Swans side who are also looking to get back to winning ways.
Monk's side lost 3-2 against Everton at the weekend and the head coach is under no illusions as to the task facing his side at the Emirates.
"We expect a reaction from them (Arsenal)," he said. "That's the message to the players. But we'll try and put on the right performance to get a result.
"I was very surprised by what happened against Chelsea, but obviously circumstances played a part in that. We have to be aware of that and try to counter it.
"We know it is going to be a very tough game and we're in for a hard night."
The Swans currently sit just four points clear of the relegation zone but would give their survival hopes a huge boost with a result at the Emirates.
Monk's side then face a pivotal clash against Norwich at the Liberty next Saturday as the Premier League season nears its end.
And he insists the Swans need to tighten up in all areas of the pitch before the results follow.
"We are just making silly mistakes at the moment," he said. "And we need to make teams work that little bit harder to score against us, and it's about managing that.
"But the players' attitude has been spot on. They want to get out of the situation we're in, but we have to cut out the mistakes.
"We have an honest bunch here and I'm confident in them. But we have to pick up points very quickly - we're under no illusions about that."