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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Swansea boss Garry Monk: Arsenal should have run Blues closer

Garry Monk with Shelvey
Garry Monk with Shelvey

Garry Monk (below) takes his Swansea side to Arsenal tonight believing the Gunners could have run Chelsea closer to the Premier League title.

Chelsea clinched the title last weekend with three rounds of matches still to be played but Arsene Wenger's side have been the form team in 2015 - taking 37 points from the last 42 available while reaching the FA Cup final for the second successive year.

"They're finishing the season strong and have done since the turn of the year," said Swansea manager Monk.

"I expect they'll be a little bit disappointed they didn't start the season the way they're finishing it. Maybe they could have been a little bit closer to Chelsea.

"But they've had a fantastic season. There's a talented squad there with real depth as well, especially the attacking options they have.

"People will talk about certain aspects of their play and what they need to improve but the squad Arsene is building is going to be a force in the next couple of years.

"They seem young enough and good enough players to make that next step and looking from the outside they seem a squad who could develop into title contenders."

Arsenal need to win to keep the pressure on Manchester City in the race for second but Swansea head to north London in confident mood.

Back-to-back wins over Newcastle and Stoke have consolidated eighth place and secured a Premier League club record of 53 points, while Swansea have done well at the Emirates Stadium in the past.

Last season Monk's men managed a 2-2 draw at Arsenal in one of his first games in charge and two years ago a Michu double gave Swansea a 2-0 victory.

"You always expect them to be strong and their home record has been exceptional," Monk said.

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