Garry Monk believes that when his Swansea side travel to the Emirates on Monday for their clash with Arsenal, they will be coming up against our strongest team since the glory days of the Invincibles.
We are the form team in the Premier League, and ended up being the side that came closest to stopping Chelsea clinching the title, thanks to a fantastic eight-match winning run. And whilst top spot was an unrealistic ambition for most of the run, it will give us some valuable momentum heading in next season.
And according to the Daily Mirror, Monk believes any criticism of our side this campaign is unjust, and that we only narrowly missed out on reaching the top flight’s summit this time around.
“The reality is at the top end of the league the fine margins between the top teams are very small,” Monk began.
“Maybe they have come undone with different aspects of the game at times, but since the start of 2015 they have been so strong and it will give them huge confidence going into next season.”
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Reflecting upon our season, the 36-year-old thinks our finish to the year should make us the team to catch in 12 months’ time.
“They have always had a great squad, but they look like they can really do something now. I am sure Arsene will add quality to what he has already during the summer,” he continued.
“I am sure their aim is to compete better than ever and they have the players to do it.
“They will be a big threat next season. You can see what Arsene wants,” he added.
The game against Swansea is the kind of match where we have threatened to let a little complacency creep in, in the past. Our only defeats in the league this year have come against Southampton and Tottenham, the two sides directly ahead of the Swans. And as the two teams stumble across the line into next season’s Europa League, Monday’s clash allows Monk’s men to pull themselves right into contention for a place in the top seven. They will need no extra motivation for the game.