Swansea City winger Modou Barrow looking for a repeat performance
29th October 2015
Arsenal's return to the Liberty Stadium will bring back fond memories for Modou Barrow, who made Premier League history against the Gunners last season.
The winger wrote his name into the history books of the English top flight after he became the first Gambian to feature in the Barclays Premier League.
Barrow, born in Gambia but grew up in Sweden from the age of ten, was handed his Swansea debut off the bench in the victory over the Gunners at a rain-drenched Liberty.
His introduction to the game was crucial for the Swans, with his pace and trickery causing the visitors' defence problems with Kieran Gibbs' foul leading to Gylfi Sigurdsson's stunning free-kick which levelled the scores.
Bafe Gomis' header sealed the comeback for Garry Monk's side, who went on to complete the double over Arsenal later that season with Barrow also playing a part in the French striker's winning goal at the Emirates.
And for Barrow, discussing last season's success at the Liberty brings an immediate smile.
"That is my favourite game since coming to Swansea," he said. "We were 1-0 down but we turned the game around to win 2-1. It was a great team performance.
"The gaffer told me to enjoy the game and help the team defensively, but more so to do my thing.
"In Gambia there are a lot of Arsenal fans who would have been watching, so it was nice to play against them.
"We beat them twice last season, but that counts for nothing now."
Arsenal visit SA1 joint-top of the league, with Arsene Wenger's side level with Manchester City following four consecutive league victories.
However, the Swans - who returned to winning ways last weekend with victory at Aston Villa - have a decent record when it comes to previous encounters with the London club.
From eight Premier League matches, the Swans have won four and drawn one with 13 points collected in the process.
And the 23-year-old believes Saturday's fixture will again prove to be an entertaining game.
"To play against Arsenal is the best game for us because both teams want to play," added Barrow.
"Many people in the world want to watch this game because we play similar football and both teams have quality players.
"For me, being on the pitch against Arsenal is not an easy game. You have to work really hard.
"They don't really have many weaknesses, but you have to go and find them during the game."
After coming off the bench last weekend at Villa Park to play a big part in the winning goal, Barrow hopes to again feature this Saturday.
And with a wealth of talent vying for the same position, he is just happy to be part of the manager's plans as he continues to develop.
He added: "I can play from the start when the opportunity arises, but right now I think being brought on when the opponents are tired is a useful option for the manager as I can hit space and help the team go forward.
"In the position I play we have Jefferson (Montero), Andre (Ayew), Wayne (Routledge), Marvin (Emnes) and myself. It's great for me because I'm the youngest in that position, so I am learning from them.
"With the manager and players we have here, I am always developing.
"Garry is a very good manager. Sometimes as a footballer you go through tough times and mentally it's hard. But he's always there for me and calls me telling me how much he believes in me.
"For that, I am thankful to have him as my manager."
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