Arsenal’s stuttering form continued last time out against Manchester United, but they will expect to get back to winning ways when they host a lowly Swansea City at the Emirates on Wednesday.
The Gunners had moved to within two points of Leicester City at the top of the league after beating them two games ago, but that gap increased to five again last weekend as they were beaten 3-2 at Old Trafford, and six on Tuesday when the Foxes drew with West Brom.
Arsene Wenger’s men have won just two of their last seven league matches – a run which has seen them drop to third, two points behind rivals Tottenham Hotspur, their opponents this Saturday.
Winless in four matches, Swansea travel to North London three points above the drop – regardless, their goal difference means they will probably be above the dotted line at the end of the night.
It will be the Swans’ second game in the capital in three days – they left White Hart Lane with nothing on Sunday, losing 2-1 late on against Spurs having led for most of the affair.
Despite winning their first two games under head coach Francesco Guidolin, they are the only two victories the Italian has mustered, and they failed to pick up maximum points in any of their February fixtures.
Their last away triumph came against Everton on January 24 – the same day the Gunners lost their last home game, when they were defeated by Chelsea.
The hosts remain without Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a knee ligament injury at Old Trafford and will be out until April. Meanwhile, Danny Welbeck could be rested.
Meanwhile, Guidolin will have a full squad to call upon for the trip to the capital, but could hand QPR loanee Leroy Fer a full debut in midfield.
League Positions: Arsenal – 3rd (51 pts); Swansea – 16th (27 pts)
Previous Meeting: Swansea 0-3 Arsenal (October 31, 2015)
Form: Arsenal – DLDWWL; Swansea – WWDDLL
Key Men: Arsenal – Mesut Ozil; Swansea – Alberto Paloschi
Shoot Says: Arsenal 2-0 Swansea