Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on his side to show they are up for the title challenge when they welcome Swansea to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
The Gunners’ Premier League title hopes took a significant knock over the weekend thanks to a demoralising 3-2 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
With both Tottenham and pace-setters Leicester winning, Arsenal fell three points behind their north London rivals in second and five adrift of the table-topping Foxes.
Despite the setback, with 11 games of the season to play, Wenger is well aware the race for the title is not yet over, but urged his charges to bounce back strongly against Swansea to show they are up for the fight.
“We have to show that we are at the level of this fight,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “Things can change quickly. We need to bounce back quickly on Wednesday night.”
Olivier Giroud could push for a place in the starting lineup after missing out against United, but there is no fresh news on the injury front with Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thomas Rosicky all still unavailable for selection.
The Swans suffered a demoralising 2-1 defeat to Spurs on Sunday after taking an early lead and hanging on to their advantage for until 20 minutes from the end of the match when goals from Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose flipped the result on its head and it will be interesting to see how they respond in midweek.
There are no injury concerns for the Swans playing staff, but manager Francesco Guidolin is struggling with illness and was not able to address the media after the loss to Tottenham at the weekend.