‘Emirates Stadium is a happy hunting ground for Swansea!’ – Jacks assistant Alan Curtis on another victory over Arsenal
Swansea assistant coach Alan Curtis has told talkSPORT Arsenal is ‘a happy hunting ground’ for the Welsh side, but has urged the team not to let their hard fought victory at the Emirates Stadium go to waste.
It’s the Welsh outfit’s third victory in their last four visits to north London, having drawn the other encounter, and Curtis admits Arsenal’s style of play is well suited to the Jacks.
“It was an incredible win, but we’ve got good history at Arsenal in recent seasons,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“We have won three out of five visitors there, drawn one and lost the other, so it’s been a really happy hunting ground for us.
“It was a backs-to-the-wall job from us last night and we rode our luck at times, but second half we played extremely well and we’ll say we deserved to win.
“We’ve got such a good record against Arsenal. They’re the type of team we enjoy playing against; they want to play football and we want to play football. The problems we get are when teams launch it into the box and from set pieces, but when it comes at a football match like last night, we feel we can give anyone a game.”
The Swans have flirted with the drop for most of this season after a drop in form, but victory over Arsenal lifted the under-performing side six points clear of the relegation zone.
And Curtis has urged his players to repeat their performance against the Gunners in their coming games to further distance themselves from the bottom three.
“The next couple of weeks are probably going to define our season,” he added when asked about their basement battle.
“We’ve let ourselves down this year, there’s no doubt about it. When you look at how well we played in the second-half against Arsenal, the way we passed the ball and caused them problems, it’s just a reminder about how far our standards have slipped this season.
“I made that point to the players, that that is the standard we have to set for ourselves for the rest for the season.
“We’ve got Norwich at home on Saturday, then we travel down to Bournemouth the following week and we follow that up with a home game against Aston Villa.
“They’re three massive games for us and we can certainly determine our future. If we can get results in those games, it will go a long way to ensuring our survival.
“But every game is tough, every team is fighting for survival and there have been so many strange results this season, and we can’t undo all the hard work from last night by slipping up against Norwich.”