Arsene Wenger has a blunt warning for Arsenal ahead of Swansea test
Arsene Wenger looks ahead to Arsenal's Premier League clash with Swansea City this weekend
Arsene Wenger has talked up the importance of Arsenal recording a positive result when the Gunners host Swansea City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The north London club head into the game in good form after having made it five wins on the spin in the Premier League before the international break.
Arsenal were 1-0 winners at Burnley last time out and are currently in third place in the Premier League table, two points behind leaders Manchester City after seven games.
Swansea head into the game preparing for their first match since Bob Bradley’s appointment as the club’s new manager.
And Wenger has warned his Arsenal side that they cannot afford to underestimate their opponents this weekend.
Speaking at his pre-match news conference ahead of the game on Thursday morning, Wenger said: “I’m very cautious. Last year we had a very negative experience with Swansea who killed our opportunity to win the Premier League.
“We have a good opportunity to show that we have learned from that and that we are capable of dealing with these kinds of opponents.
“That’s what is at stake for us. We have to refocus because the players have been away and we’ve basically had nobody here. We have to show that we can deal with the kinds of fixtures where we are the favourites.
“We were not always capable of doing that last season and we want to show that we have moved forward.”
Arsenal – who finished second in the top flight last term – have not win the Premier League title since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 season.