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Swansea boss gracious in Arsenal defeat

Michael Laudrup, Swansea City manager. Picture: John Walton/EMPICS Michael Laudrup, Swansea City manager. Picture: John Walton/EMPICS

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
10:15 PM

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup saluted his side’s defensive efforts but admitted Arsenal were deserving winners.

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The Gunners needed a late goal from Jack Wilshere to set up a fourth round tie with Brighton and Hove Albion.

“The first half was very even, they had a bit more of the ball but we were at the same level,” he said.

“In the second half they were the better team, they deserved the win and good luck in the competition. They created chances and pushed us back, we defended great but we couldn’t get out of there.

“It was nice to see Michel Vorm back at his best and we blocked a couple of big chances. They had one or two where you say ‘How did they miss that?’, and then they scored with a few minutes left. Last time it was us, this time it was them.”

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Nickname: The Gunners.

Ground: Emirates Stadium (capacity 60,361).

Founded: 1886.

Honours: First Division (until 1992) and Premier League: 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1938, 1948, 1953, 1971, 1989, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2004.

FA Cup: 1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1989, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005.

League Cup: 1987, 1993.

Fairs Cup: 1970.

Cup Winners’ Cup: 1994.

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