Arsenal will look to continue their recent decent run of form on Saturday afternoon, as they welcome Swansea to the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have won four of their last six Premier League outings. Last time out in the Premier League, Arsene Wenger’s side hammered struggling Everton 5-2 at Goodison Park after the dismissal of Toffees midfielder Idrissa ‘Gana’ Gueye.
The win means that Arsenal are only behind fourth-place Chelsea on goal difference in the table. One major positive for the Gunners in recent seasons has been their home record. The team from north London are unbeaten at the Emirates in 11 Premier League games, having recorded ten victories, while also winning their last nine home games.
Arsene Wenger’s side have been prolific on home soil in those unbeaten 11 games, scoring at least two goals in ten of those home outings. The Gunners have beaten Swansea in the last two meetings in all competitions, scoring seven goals in the process.
Swansea head into this difficult clash in worrying form, as the Welsh side are 15th in the Premier League after picking up just eight points from their first nine league games of the season.
The Welsh side have won just one of their last six Premier League while losing four times during the poor run. In fact, Paul Clement’s side have lost three of their last four games in the top-flight.
The Welsh side do not have a bad away record in the league, as they have lost just one of their last six games on their travels.
The visitors have struggled to score goals away from home of late, as the Welsh side have failed to score in three of their last four league games. Swansea’s away games in the top-flight have been very low scoring, as there have been under 2.5 goals scored in their last nine games.
Arsenal look set to be without Santi Cazorla, Shkodran Mustafi, Danny Welbeck and Davis Ospina through injury, while Calum Chambers is a doubt, but was unlikely to have started this clash anyway. Arsene Wenger may stick with the team that started against Everton last Sunday.
The visitors have some big absentees, with Renato Sanches, Wilfried Bony, Kyle Bartley and Martin Olsson ruled out through injury. Angel Rangel is likely to come in to make a rare Premier League start at right-back.
Arsenal are favourites to win this clash at 1/ 4, while the draw is 6/1 and the visitors are a massive 14/1 to pull off a shock victory.
On present form, Arsenal should win this clash. However, the Gunners have had trouble beating the Swans at the Emirates Stadium in recent years. The home sides attacking talent may just be too much for the Welsh side.
Will Arsenal beat Swansea on Saturday afternoon?