Today's media round-up
12th March 2013
Today's media round-up sees Michael Laudrup look at summer recruitment while Michel Vorm speaks about standing up to the physical force in the Premier League.
And with the Swans hosting Arsenal this Saturday, it has emerged England international Jack Wilshere has been ruled out of the trip to the Liberty.
South Wales Evening Post
Laudrup already working on summer transfer deals
MICHAEL Laudrup has admitted Swansea City are already working hard to ensure they land the right new faces this summer.
But the Swansea manager has reiterated that he is not interested in stockpiling players just because the club are preparing for Europe as well as the Premier League.
Laudrup wants to operate with only around 22 senior players next term, so there will not be a huge number of signings during the close-season. But that does not mean Swansea are not trying to find the right recruits now.
"Right through January I was asked about which players might be coming or going," Laudrup said.
"But just because February 1 came, that didn't mean we could be relieved and that we could stop working because it never stops.
"We are already working for next season. We worked right through the last month and that will continue.
"Being in the Europa League doesn't mean we'll work with a larger squad because I don't belive in having too big a squad.
"Of course there will be some new players arriving and strengthening certain positions.
"But I don't think it's the moment to talk about the names, who is coming who is leaving, because we have nine games to go."
Swans must stand up to the Premier League bullies - keeper Michel Vorm
Michel Vorm fears Swansea City are becoming a soft touch for Premier League bullies.
The Dutch goalkeeper was annoyed Michael Laudrup's side saw a one-goal advantage overturned in last Saturday's frustrating 2-1 defeat at West Brom.
Following a decent start at the Hawthorns which culminated in Luke Moore's 33rd minute opener, the Baggies changed their approach to take on Swansea physically for the following half-hour with formidable frontman Romelu Lukaku dominating.
And Vorm said: "Most of the other teams in the Premier League are physically stronger than us, and sometimes we have to show we are not only a team who plays good football.
"We also have to show the strength and power you need. The back four is not a problem, but the whole team need to do it and we must add a physical element.
"You could see that we were better - football-wise - than the opposition.
"West Brom didn't really have big chances, but they won a lot of the balls and played a more physical game to try and stop us.
"We have to do more as a team and fight for the ball. Not only the back four, the whole team has to fight. We have to be more solid and compact.
"It's an attitude and mentality. We have to make sure we put our foot down and especially win the 50/50 balls. You can't be afraid to do that because other teams do it as well.
"It's always us who are on the receiving end of elbows and kicks. But we can also do it.
"It's part of us maturing our game because teams can't stop us football-wise when we play well - even on a bad pitch. We didn't have to lose this game and that annoys me a bit."
Arsenal's key man ruled out
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been ruled out for three weeks with an inflamed ankle, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed.
The England star, who missed 17 months before making his comeback this season, will miss Arsenal's clashes against Bayern Munich and Swansea, and England's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.
Wenger said: "Jack Wilshere is out. He has an inflamed ankle, the other ankle to one he injured. I will be out for three weeks and will not be available for Munich, Swansea and not for England.
"Hopefully for the Premier League he will miss only one game. After that is an international break. We can slowly prepare him.
"I could see in the last couple of games he had started to dig deep. He has played 30 games. For us it is not welcome but maybe for him it is not bad that he has a little breather.
"It is more about prevention. The specialist decided he needed it. He has some bone bruising. The last time it deteriorated into a stress fracture. That's what we don't want to happen.
"We trust people who are specialists in this area. He was out for 17 months and we had to deal with it, we must be able to deal with it for two or three games."