Back to normal for Swansea after Arsenal win, says Joe Allen

Joe Allen
Allen has scored twice for Swansea in the Premier League this season

Midfielder Joe Allen says Swansea City's victory over Arsenal will soon be forgotten if they lose at Sunderland on Saturday.

Swansea secured one of the most notable results in their history with a 3-2 win over Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium.

But Allen says Swansea must move on from the Arsenal game and focus on their fixture at Sunderland.

"We all know that we can enjoy moments like this but [it's] back to normal and ready for our next game," said Allen.

"The main priority now is to use this [Arsenal] game to kick on. I know the gloss will come off this win if we can't go up there [Sunderland] and get a similar result."

Swansea are 10th in the Premier League following the win over Arsenal and Allen believes they are capable of finishing the season inside the top half of the table.

But the six-times capped Wales midfielder admits the Swans will still be keeping an eye on the teams below.

"We'll look upwards," Allen told BBC Sport Wales. "As players you've got to strive to move forward and continue climbing as much as you can.

"As players you have to be confident that we can finish in a similar position to [where we are] now.

"But our main focus can never be taken away from obviously looking at the bottom of the table and in our debut Premier League season that's all we'll be thinking about."

Allen and team-mate Leon Britton are among the top 10 most accurate passers in Europe's five top Leagues according to statistics.

Opta statsexternal-link show midfielder Britton has a 93.3% pass success rate, which betters Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi.

"I can't speak highly enough about Leon," said Allen. "He's a dream to play alongside and someone I've looked up to in my Swansea career."