Swansea's Francesco Guidolin to face ex-player Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal
Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin is looking forward to taking on his former star player, Alexis Sanchez, on Wednesday -- and is hoping to at least come away with the Chilean's shirt after the game.
Guidolin coached Sanchez at Italian club Udinese, where the Chile star made a name for himself before joining Barcelona, so he knows what to expect from the Arsenal attack -- even though Sanchez has been struggling for goals lately.
"It's a difficult match because Arsenal are a good team with very important players like Alexis Sanchez," Guidolin told Wales Online.
"I am very happy for him. I hope to have the possibility to have his shirt after the game, but I hope also to have the points to help us in the table."
Guidolin took over struggling Swansea in January, tasked with keeping the Welsh club in the Premier League after a disappointing first half to the season.
This won't be the Italian's first trip to the Emirates, though, having faced Arsenal before when he was coaching in Italy. "When I was at Udinese, we played against Arsenal in the playoffs in the Champions League [in 2011]," Guidolin said.
"We lost at the Emirates Stadium 1-0 and at Udinese we were 1-0 up at halftime, then they scored two goals. I remember two balanced, difficult matches for both teams. Not only for us, but for Arsenal too."
He is hoping to cause more problems for the hosts this time, with Swansea just three points above the relegation zone and 11 games left, in the season.
"Our table is not good. This is a problem," the Italian said.
"We are a little bit worried because this season is not easy, but my opinion is that we have the possibility to play well in the last part of the season. I am confident. Since I came here, I have seen my team play well in many games and so I think we can finish the season very well."
Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.