Mark Gower has had to settle for a place on the Swansea bench so far this season, but hopes that can change when Brendan Rodgers' side visit old rivals Arsenal this weekend.

The 32-year-old midfielder was a product of the Tottenham youth academy, but left White Hart Lane without ever making an appearance for Spurs in the top-flight.

After spells with Motherwell, Barnet and Southend, prior to his move to the Liberty Stadium, Gower now has his sights set firmly on a Barclays Premier League debut with the club he achieved promotion from the Npower Championship with last term.

"Every weekend in the Premier League is massive, Arsenal's no different and I just want to play," Gower told the South Wales Evening Post. "That would be a great match to get a chance.

"I played a couple of times in the League Cup for Spurs, but I've never actually played in the Premier League before."

Determined to force his way back into the first-team despite added competition for places at Swansea, Gower knows that the Welsh outfit will face a difficult test when they travel to the Emirates Stadium.


 

"Arsenal are a great side," he continued. "They've come in for a bit of criticism, but the manager's done a great job there.

"There have been worse times to go there - they may not be at their strongest at the moment - but they're a top side in the Premier League."

Reflecting on his current situation as a player on the fringes of the first-team, Gower admitted he is frustrated not to be involved, but says it will spur him on to put himself in contention when the next game comes around.

"In the Premier League we need a big squad so there are going to be some disappointed players," he concluded. "I'm a bit disappointed to find myself down the pecking order, but I'll keep working hard.

"It's up to me to change the manager's mind, to keep working hard and hopefully I'll get there."

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