Two of the Premier League’s most stylish teams go head to head in South Wales this weekend, with Swansea looking to continue a good recent record against in-form Arsenal.
The Swans ended a run of five games without a win as they put the final nail in Tim Sherwood’s coffin with a 2-1 win at Villa Park last weekend; a victory which enabled them to look up the table again rather than nervously over their shoulders.
Garry Monk led his side to a league double over the Gunners last season, and another victory over Arsene Wenger’s side this weekend should see the Swans climb into the top half.
The Welsh side do need to correct a poor run at the Liberty Stadium, however; since defeating Manchester United 2-1 at the end of August they have failed to win any of their three matches at home.
Arsenal were dumped out of the Capital One Cup in midweek as they were comfortably beaten 3-0 at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, but have won their last four league games so will be out to prove that the game at Hillsborough was a blip rather than a true cause for concern.
If the Gunners score on Saturday it will mark the 2000th goal to be scored under Arsene Wenger in all competitions, a remarkable achievement for the club’s long-serving manager.
Whilst a win at the Liberty Stadium is unlikely to see Arsenal go top – unless Manchester City slip up against Norwich – the Gunners will be determined to keep the pressure on and prove that they can go to difficult away games and win, something they have often failed to do in previous seasons.
Wayne Routledge’s return from injury means Swansea have a fully-fit squad to choose from this weekend, a luxury for Monk.
For the visitors, their cup misery was compounded by injuries to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott which will see both sit out this weekend, whilst Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck remain on the sidelines.
League Position: Swansea – 12th (13 pts); Arsenal – 2nd (22 pts)
Last Meeting: Arsenal 0-1 Swansea – May 11th, 2015
Key Men: Swansea – Andre Ayew; Arsenal – Alexis Sanchez
Form: Swansea – LDLDLW; Arsenal – WLWWWW
Shoot Says: Swansea 0-2 Arsenal