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Swansea City's Michu: Now the sky's the limit

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 03, 2012

By Stephen Ware

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MICHU insists the sky's the limit after inspiring Swansea City to a landmark win at Arsenal on Saturday.

The £2 million bargain buy scored twice late on in North London as Michael Laudrup's side secured a hugely impressive 2-0 win.

That took Michu's tally to 11 goals in all competitions since his summer switch from Rayo Vallecano.

The 26-year-old leads the Premier League top scorers' chart alongside household names Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie.

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Just as the game looked destined to finish goalless, Michu pounced in the 88th minute.

He exchanged passes with substitute Luke Moore before showing superb composure to loft the ball over Wojciech Szczesny and into the corner of the net.

Then, as Arsenal searched for an equaliser, the former Celta Vigo player struck again.

Nathan Dyer brilliantly closed down Carl Jenkinson and an unflappable Michu had the freedom of the Emirates to cement Swansea's win.

"It was like a dream," he said.

"The defence was good, in attack we had 12 attempts on target, so we were very good all through the team.

"The manager told us we were very good in the first half against West Brom, and that we could bring that performance here to Arsenal, and we did.

"For the goals, it was a great pass from Luke for the first and Nathan did a lot of good work for the second. I was very happy to take my chances and score.

"I'm very happy here with my team-mates, the gaffer and the club. I hope it continues like this."

Victory against Arsenal lifted Swansea to seventh in the Premier League ahead of Norwich's visit to the Liberty on Saturday.

And Michu believes Laudrup's men can continue climbing.

"This team can go up and up," he said.

"I'm very happy we are on 23 points, but we need to keep it going.

"We have to continue working hard. If we don't work hard we will lose for sure.

"We have more tough games coming up, and we have to keep the same attitude that we have shown recently."

Meanwhile, Swansea are hopeful Wayne Routledge will be back to fitness for Saturday's game with Norwich after he missed the win at Arsenal with an ankle problem.

Laudrup said: "His ankle was not good enough after two and a half days. He could barely walk so he should have had an injection (to play), but we agreed it was better to rest him."

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  • slagheap  |  December 04 2012, 9:39AM

    Philosoraptor What an intelligent accurate and balanced post,you have summed up exactly where our club is right now well put fella.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  December 04 2012, 8:33AM

    There is always the possibility that players and coaches will leave, no matter who they are and how long or how much they say the love the club. We have to accept that and we have to get this "judas" sort of mentality out of the club... for instance, Rodgers did not deserve the boos and does not deserve some of the comments being spoken of here. If people took his words to heart that he wouldn't leave then they seriously need to get their head checked out because that is beyond being gullible, and you would have thought they would have learnt from recent history before that. There is no loyalty anymore in the game and most fans already understand this, but there is still a small minority who seem incapable of grasping the bitter reality which unfortunately does bite us all hard. I am really happy to be part of this ride so if Laudrup and Michu leave in the summer there will be no hard feelings from me, I will always appreciate them for the memories they have given me. Just like Allen, Rodgers, Martinez, Gomez and even Gylfi. Together those guys made me so proud to be a Jack and got an entire region of South Wales buzzing... and that is not our region, that is the Cardiff dominated region which on the most part is in praise for the Swans. Our own region, we have been buzzing for a few years now because deep down... we always knew we would get there before the Capital Club, because we always knew we were the Premier Club! S.T.I.D.!!!!!

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  • Pottedrengen  |  December 04 2012, 8:22AM

    Because they ARE different. Anyway I didn't say they would stay forever, just that they weren't about to up and run in January...

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  • Hadoken757575  |  December 03 2012, 8:19PM

    Scott and Allen left swansea, and none of them were half as talented as michu. BR left at the first offer and is not as good as ML. What makes you think ML and Michu would be different if one of the "bigger" clubs came calling. Even players at SCFC say they cant blame allen and rodgers for going, which shows how they feel. What makes you think that one of the best scorers in the premier league would not be playing every week, they are hardly going to play someone with a worse record are they. I think we need to be realistic, that until we become a big club, we will always be seen as the club that can be poached from and we need to protect ourselves again that as we did with Joe Allen. Look at what we did with the money from BR and JA, so losing players does not worry me per se, as there are thousands of talented unknowns that we have a knack for spotting, I just want to make sure we are paid well if it does happen.

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  • Pottedrengen  |  December 03 2012, 7:38PM

    Michu's a clever guy, he knows he won't get to play every game, if he joined a big club, he would probably be stuck out of position, and the game would cater less to his needs. Same thing for Laudrup, really. There's very little pressure on him here, he can make mistakes and no one batters an eye. If the Swans stay top 10 everyone will be happy, but if they don't most will still be happy. He would never go to a club where he would risk being sacked after just a few games, and even if he were to leave, he always prefers to start with aa club before the season begins, so he's staying put.

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  • Hadoken757575  |  December 03 2012, 6:57PM

    Rangel on BBC talking about NOT selling Michu. http://tinyurl.com/cun9pus +Hadoken, the unofficial mouth of Swansea City.+

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  • Hadoken757575  |  December 03 2012, 6:39PM

    All I can say is if anyone of influence is reading keep doing what you are doing. Also funny how nearly every bit of media I have seen and read has talked straight away about how bad arsenal were, and not how good swansea were, which totally undermines what we manged to do. Arsenal were kept up last year by one man only, I dont even need to mention his name, so they had plenty of time to sort the squad out and didnt. Now they are paying the price and due to the size of the club, the media interest which revolves around them just undermines any club that beats them. Already rumors that some big names are going to try and steal michu. Sad if they do, as they will have a monopoly on the league, how can a small club ever get bigger if the second our players get some attention they go elsewhere.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  December 03 2012, 4:05PM

    I am pretty sure he is unbuyable in January. FIFA rules state a player cannot be contracted to three clubs in a single season*, and as he didn't join Swansea until AFTER the season officially began he has already been contracted to two clubs for the 2012/2013 season. *The exception is loans.

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  • Hadoken545666  |  December 03 2012, 2:44PM

    Hope he stays, I really like him, fiery, talented, and brining a lot of good attention to our club and city. Of course we should not forget the guys that are teeing him up for these goals. Once again, when michu is up front on his own good things happen and I think we should play him up front from now on. I know its not is favoured position, but you cant deny is successful there. I know we got him for 2.2 milion and I do not know how that reflects in his salary, but Michu is going to get a lot of offers from the sharks and I feel we are going to need to make him a better offer and make sure we get good money for him if he goes. Same goes for ML, he only has about 18 months left on his contract.

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  • mabl9  |  December 03 2012, 12:49PM

    Great performance again. Would have been happy with a point but 3! There are of course tough games to game - in fact there do not to be appear to be any easy games in this league, even against the teams in the relegation zone. But if the Swans if they keep their focus for 90 minutes, no worries. Great that 3 of them were in the match of day team of the day on Saturday - goes to show how much the team have advanced this season. Now for Delia's Norwich - lets have the icing on the cake!

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