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Curtis: Arsenal Game Sets Standard

Swans first team coach Alan Curtis

All eyes now on Norwich on Saturday

Alan Curtis insists Swansea’s sensational 2-1 victory at Arsenal has set the standard for which they need to maintain between now and the end of the season. 
The Swans, who made six changes for the fixture, came from behind at the Emirates to secure a vital three points after goals from Wayne Routledge and Ashley Williams overturned Joel Campbell’s opener. 
Routledge cancelled out Campbell’s 15th-minute with a cool finish past Petr Cech just after the half-hour mark, before skipper Williams bundled home Gylfi Sigurdsson’s superb free-kick into the box in the 72nd minute.
The victory takes the Swans on to 30 points in the Barclays Premier League, but Curtis has urged the Swans to use this victory as a springboard to secure Barclays Premier League survival. 

“The boys were excellent tonight,” said Curtis. “We set a standard tonight and we need to keep it going. 
“It was a chance for some of the players coming in this evening, and they grabbed their opportunity and have given the manager a problem. 
“Tonight was a reminder that we’re still a good footballing team. We passed the ball well in the second half and played good football. 
“Sometimes you play against teams and have a good record. Against Arsenal, it’s the type of football we seem to play well against. 
“We enjoy playing against them. It’s always a good game and we’ve enjoyed some good results. 
“But irrespective of tonight’s result, we have three big games coming up. We have three massive fixtures against Norwich, Bournemouth and Aston Villa, which will probably define our season. We must build on this.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger felt his side were “unlucky” to suffer defeat on a disappointing night for the Gunners. 
“It was a very unlucky defeat because we created many chances and were unlucky with our finishing,” said Wenger. “They had two shots on target and two goals. 
“The players are very down and disappointed, but we need to respond. We have to focus on our job and remember we have quality.” 
 

 

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