Arsenal v Swansea City

1 Mar

Bafetimbi Gomis scored the winner for Swansea in this fixture last season.


Bafetimbi Gomis scored the winner for Swansea in this fixture last season.

TEAM NEWS

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out for up to eight weeks with the knee injury he suffered against Barcelona last week.

Danny Welbeck is likely to be rested, having only just come back from a 10-month injury lay-off.

Swansea City are at full strength for their trip to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

On-loan midfielder Leroy Fer could be handed his first start since joining from QPR in January.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

John Motson: “Arsenal’s poor performance against Manchester United has been roundly criticised by all and sundry, but everybody has got a bit carried away.

“While the focus has now turned to their trip to Tottenham on Saturday, this game with Swansea could be even more pivotal.

“If they don’t win, their title chances would be all but over.

“It’s not a game they can take lightly, either. Swansea have a good record at the Emirates, with two wins and a draw on their last three visits, and they gave Tottenham a good run for their money on Sunday.

“With three games to come against fellow relegation rivals, the Swans would love to go into those fixtures on the back of a morale-boosting result.”

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: “We want to transform the negatives into positives around us and create even more solidarity. Let’s not go overboard, we do not play to be relegated.

“We are playing to fight for the title. That’s why we have to put criticism in the right place.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

Swansea put up a good fight against Tottenham and Lukasz Fabianski made some great saves to keep them in it, but they still lost and it is hard to see them getting anything at Emirates Stadium.

To have any hope of winning the title, Arsenal quite simply have to win.

Prediction: 2-0

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Arsenal have failed to score in four of their last six home matches in all competitions.<!–

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Swansea are unbeaten on their last three league trips to the Emirates, with two wins and one draw.
  • The nine Premier League matches between these sides have seen four wins apiece and one draw.

Arsenal

  • Arsenal have lost their last two competitive matches – they haven’t lost three in a row in all competitions since April 2010.
  • Arsene Wenger’s side have won eight and lost just one of their last 12 league matches at home.
  • Mesut Ozil has 18 assists this season in the Premier League – only two behind Thierry Henry’s competition record, set in 2002-03.

Swansea

  • Swansea have gone four league games without a victory (D2, L2).
  • The Swan’s current points tally of 27 is their worst in a Premier League season after 27 games.
  • They have dropped a joint-league high 14 points from winning positions this season – along with Bournemouth.
  • Only bottom side Aston Villa (21) have scored fewer Premier League goals than Swansea (25) this season.

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