'Our spirit is key at Arsenal'

26th October 2017
First team

Angel Rangel believes spirit will be key as Swansea City bid to cause a shock at Arsenal this weekend.

Paul Clement’s men face a difficult fixture at the end of what has already been a tough week after home defeats against Leicester City and Manchester United.

And Swans stalwart Rangel reckons the only way to come through this sticky spell is to dig deep and stay united.

“The team spirit is always something that has been important and strong at Swansea City,” the long-serving defender said.

“We know that when things are difficult we will stick together and get through it. We will show character and a strong spirit and unity on the pitch at the Emirates.

“We have a good record there and although we have had a tough run of results, we will go there determined to get something for our fans.”

Clement’s side can take heart from the club’s previous exploits at Arsenal.

In six Premier League visits to the home of the North London giants, the Swans have managed three wins and a draw.

Another reason to be cheerful is that so far this season, the Swans have been much better away from home than they have been on their own patch.

Rangel played 90 minutes as a side showing eight changes were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

And it could be that he gets more game-time this weekend after Martin Olsson limped out of the United defeat.

“We wanted Tuesday to be a special evening and to make progress to the quarter-final of the competition,” Rangel added.

“That didn’t happen, but for me it was great to get 90 minutes as I haven’t done that too much this season.

“I can only get that sharpness and match fitness with games. I know I’m not getting any younger, but I’ll always give my best for this club.

“I’ve always said if the chance comes then I’ll take it as well as I can. Playing in the cup has helped my sharpness and if I’m needed for Saturday then I’ll give my best as always.”