Monk looking for cup success
4th January 2013
Garry Monk is hoping that home advantage will be the difference as the Swans prepare to host Arsenal in the FA Cup on Sunday (1.30pm).
Michael Laudrup's side welcome the Gunners to SA1 as they begin what is an iconic week for the club.
Following Sunday's third round tie, the Swans travel to Chelsea for the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final before facing Everton at Goodison Park next Saturday.
And with three games in three different competitions to look forward to, Monk is hoping that they can start with a win this Sunday.
"It's a great tie for us," he said. "It's the first time that we have drawn a big club at home and we're all looking forward to it.
"We know how tough it's going to be, they have a quality squad and even though we beat them recently, Sunday will be completely different.
"We know how difficult the run of games coming up are, but we're in a healthy position in the league and we are going to use it as a challenge.
"But to have Sunday's game at the Liberty is a big plus for us because the fans enjoy these big games, and hopefully that can give us an edge on Sunday."
The Swans recorded a memorable 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates back in early December - a result that won Michael Laudrup's side a host of plaudits.
The Gunners have since gone on a five-game unbeaten run in the league, including a stunning 7-3 win over Newcastle a week ago.
But Monk insists that the squad are full of confidence going into the game, with memories of the 3-2 win over Arsenal a year ago still fresh in the mind.
"They are in a good run of form but we'll be going into it looking to get the job done in 90 minutes," he said.
"The win here a year ago was an amazing day. The big wins that we have had though, have all been thoroughly deserved - there haven't been any fluke results.
"But those wins give you confidence and we'll be taking that in Sunday's game."
Monk is just one of a number of players in the Swans squad that has been restricted to a handful of appearances this season.
The club captain has played seven times in all competitions, including the 2-1 win at Fulham last weekend.
But the 33-year-old is focusing on the job in hand and working hard to earn his place in the starting line-up.
"All the players in the squad believe they should be starting, which is the way it should be," he said.
"Players that have come into the side, including myself, all feel that we have done a good job and we'll continue to do that if we are given the opportunity.
"That's the way football is and everyone is chomping at the bit to get a piece of the action."