Michel Vorm: Swansea City could challenge the best
MICHEL Vorm believes the only difference between Swansea City and the Premier League’s top teams is their ruthlessness in front of goal.
Michael Laudrup’s men entertain Premier League leaders Arsenal tomorrow hoping to chalk up another landmark result against the club who are in their 16th straight Champions League season.
Swansea beat Arsenal at the Liberty two campaigns ago and performed admirably against Arsene Wenger’s men once more last term.
They won at the Emirates and narrowly lost an FA Cup third-round tie to the Gunners following a replay.
And Vorm believes Swansea can close the gap between themselves and the top flight elite on a full-time basis if they take more chances.
“I think the way we play, not a lot of other teams around us can match the possession game we have,” the Swansea keeper said.
“But it’s not only about possession, it’s also about creating and finishing the chances.
“In the last few games we have created quite a lot but not finished enough.
“That’s the difference between a top, top team and us right now.
“We can create quite a lot but I think we can score more. That’s something we have to work on.
“We won 2-0 at Crystal Palace last weekend, but I was almost disappointed because if you have the opportunity to score three, four or five goals you have to do it.”
Vorm sat out Wednesday’s Capital One Cup defeat to Birmingham, when Swansea were again wasteful. Wilfried Bony, Alejandro Pozuelo and Roland Lamah all saw big chances come and go before the Blues won the tie in the second half.
Vorm was on the bench at St Andrew’s, which came as a jolt to Swansea after back-to-back wins away at Valencia and Crystal Palace.
But the Dutch international is expected to be recalled to face the Gunners.
“Against Valencia and Palace we were good for 90 minutes and if we can start like that we can beat everybody at home,” Vorm added.
“We have had good results against Arsenal in the past. They are a side who play very good football which is something we try to do also.
“When you play against a team like Arsenal it’s always a fantastic match.”
Vorm also missed last season’s famous win at the Emirates when Michu twice struck late to stun home supporters and send his reputation soaring.
“It was one of the club’s best wins. I was in the stands and I was losing my mind. It was a crazy win,” said the former Utrecht man.
“The funny thing is that there have been so many good games we’ve played, so it’s hard to choose which game may be the best.
“Winning away in Valencia was so special, with the way we played.
“Now we have another chance to show what we can do again against a big team.”
Vorm has regularly been linked with a move to the Emirates over the last year as question marks continue to surround the reliability of Arsenal No.1 Wojciech Szczesny.
But the 29-year-old insists there has never been any contact.
“You read things but you know if there’s nobody talking to you or the club then it’s no issue at all,” he added.
“There was never anything real about Arsenal coming to talk about me.
“But obviously if you do well — and not only me, but players like Michu or Ashley (Williams) — you get talked about and it’s a compliment that you are doing well.”