One of the low points of our season definitely came at the Liberty Stadium earlier on this campaign, after we surrendered yet another lead and lost to Swansea City.
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As we prepare to face Gary Monk’s side once again however, the journey we’ve taken over the past few months has left many convinced that Monday night will be a one-sided affair.
This could be purely derived from our sensational run of form, winning nine of our last 10 Premier League games and having only lost two games this calendar year in the league.
However, we’ve also become a different animal tactically, and considering how evident the problems were in our defeat to Swansea City earlier on this season, their threats may already have been nullified.
Here are three areas in which Swansea damaged us in November where we’ve become stronger over the past few months, hence why we’re favourites to continue our run.
3. Jefferson Montero’s pace
The Ecuadorian’s performance in November was frightening, and the way he tormented Calum Chambers was rather uncomfortable to watch. Arsene Wenger’s refusal to identify the situation forced many to vent their frustration towards the manager, and it could have been the day which convinced the boss that Chambers’s future wasn’t at full-back.
Since then however, we’ve witnessed the sensational rise of Hector Bellerin as our first choice right-back, and the Spaniard possesses one quality which should stand him in good stead when facing Montero – raw pace.
The fact he now holds the sprint record over 40metres at the club has been well documented, beating Theo Walcott and Thierry Henry (via The Telegraph).
Montero is rather predictable when dribbling with the ball, and his usual trick of attempting to push it past his opponent will not work against Bellerin.