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Live updates: Arsenal v Swansea City FA Cup replay

By This is SouthWales  |  Posted: January 16, 2013

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Swansea City visit the Emirates for an FA Cup third round replay tonight (7.30).

Join us from 7pm for all the latest pre-match team news, as well as live match updates from South Wales Evening Post sports reporter Dafydd Pritchard.

A feelgood factor is sweeping around the Liberty as Michael Laudrup continues to build on a successful return to the top flight last season.

They have the excitement of a Capital One Cup semi-final against Chelsea to follow next week, and the very real prospect of a showpiece appearance at Wembley given their two-goal advantage.

“Swansea are not a club where you expect trophies,” said Laudrup.

“You expect the team to do as well as possible and try to stay in the Premier League for another year.

“Then in the cups we are expected to do as well as we can.

“There are games where you can say ‘this is so important to us’ because you need to win or you need this or that.

“But when you play a game, it’s always important because everyone wants to win.

“I know that it will be the same today.

“I agree that the league is the most important thing, but that doesn’t mean that you play 11 in the league and then another 11 in the cups.”

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  • Hedoken97842  |  January 16 2013, 2:28PM

    I dont think we should be defined as a team hoping to stay up anymore, its clear there is a permanent place for us in this league and probably the top 10. As long as we keep making good progress and appointing good, well proven managers and sticking to our philosophy, I think it would take something catastrophic for us to go from a team which is capable of at least 50 points to below the minimum requirement of 40 points. The squad is getting better and better, and by nature, you dont replace players with worse players, so its really only a bad manager or bad politics that could undo what we have done. And I dont think Huw Jenkins would allow that to happen. I got no issues with Laudrup and hope he stays for as long as he can, but managers come and go, so as long as we appoint well prove managers with contacts and the respect of potential targets we should be fine as a club. We have been on a constant rise for a decade, in fact, we are often seen as the model club in this league. Amazing really.

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