Pressure on Arsenal says Laudrup

Swansea manager Michael LaudrupSwansea manager Michael Laudrup believes that all of the pressure will be on Arsenal during their weekend clash.

The Gunners head into the tie having been knocked out of the Champions League during midweek, and in need of a place in the Premier League’s top four to return to the competition next season.

However, the north Londoners face a fight to achieve this, with some inconsistent form leaving the in fifth, five points adrift of Chelsea.

Laudrup feels that Swansea’s opponents cannot afford to slip up on Saturday, with defeat, potentially, enough to end their hopes of a spot in Europe’s top club competition:

“Chelsea are at home this weekend, so if they win and Arsenal don’t win here, they would be eight points behind and with only nine games to go that may be too big a gap,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.

“So it is a very important game for them to keep alive the possibility of going into the Champions League next season.”

But, the Dane did defend Arsene Wenger, insisting that his achievements in the past should ease the pain of eight seasons without silverware:

“He (Wenger) has been there 17 years now,

“If the fans want trophies then eight years is of course a long time but what he has achieved there is great.”

In contrast to Wenger, Laudrup has enjoyed a fine campaign, getting his Swansea team into the top half of the table and winning the Capital One Cup.

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