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Swansea City

Division One
February 27, 1982

OK, we certainly don't want a repeat of this scoreline on Saturday.

But there aren't many games to choose from when you look back through the Arsenal v Swansea archive - and even fewer images.

That's because the teams have only met four times in the league and just twice in north London since the Wales club won promotion to the top flight in 1981.

Swansea were tipped for relegation but emerged as the First Division's surprise package - and Arsenal were one of their victims. Terry Neill's side had the likes of Graham Rix, Alan Sunderland and Paul Davis in their ranks but could not find a way past the Swans at Highbury in February.

Ultimately, the Gunners found enough to finish ahead of John Toshack's team - they were fifth and sixth respectively - but Arsenal did finish just behind Spurs on goal difference.

Our image shows John Hollins and Chris Whyte challenging Swansea's Ian Walsh for possession. In the background you can just make out goalkeeper George Wood, who stepped in when Pat Jennings was injured and did well enough to keep his place.

Arsenal: Wood; Hollins, O'Leary, Whyte, Sansom; Talbot, Davis, Vaessen, Rix, Sunderland, Nicholas. Sub: Meade (for Vaessen)

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7 Sep 2011