Arsenal take on Swansea at the Emirates

Last updated: October 26, 2017 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 15:00pm
Venue: Emirates
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Team Form: DWWLW
Away Team Form: DLLWL
Last Meeting: Swansea 0 – 4 Arsenal
Competition: Premier League

These teams had mixed fortunes last weekend. While Arsenal comfortably did away with Everton – and ultimately their manager – Swansea lost at home against then managerless Leicester.

Arsenal played well against Everton last week, but the game was still within Everton’s reach until they received a red card. The positives for Arsène Wenger will be the performance of what is surely his strongest attacking three of Alexis Sánchez, Mesut Özil, and Alexandre Lacazette. All three were on the scoresheet and played well together. Those three are expected to start again together and are surely Wenger’s best hope of mounting any sort of title challenge. This should be fairly straight forward for Arsenal, as they have an almost full-strength side to choose from, except for the absence of Shkodran Mustafi.

Swansea were disappointing last weekend and they themselves will surely be disappointed with the result. The Swans sit with a host of other teams on eight points, just one point off the relegation zone. This will be a tricky trip to the Emirates where Arsenal have won all four of their games so far. Martin Olsson was substituted from their cup game against Manchester United on Tuesday and looks set to miss out. He will be a big loss to a Swansea defence that is sure to be tested to the limit here. Few will expect Swansea to emerge with anything from this match.

Team News

Sánchez, Özil, and Lacazette were impressive as Arsenal’s front three last week. The trio must surely start together again this week.

There are no fresh injury concerns for Arsenal. Mustafi, Welbeck, Ospina, Chambers, and Cazorla are all unavailable.

Swansea’s defence will likely be weakened through the absence of Martin Olsson, who injured his hamstring in the Caraboa Cup on Tuesday.

New signing Renato Sanchez is also touch and go whether he will make this one, with the midfielder suffering from a thigh injury.

Expected Line-Ups:

Arsenal (4-3-3): Cech; Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Özil, Sánchez, Lacazette
Subs: Wilshere, Giroud, Walcott, Holding, Iwobi, Coquelin, Macey
Injured: Mustafi, Welbeck, Ospina, Chambers, Cazorla
Not available:
Swansea (4-4-2): Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, van der Hoorn, Renatio Sanchez, Britton, Carroll, Narsingh, Abraham, J Ayew
Subs: Ki Sung-yeung, Rangel, Dyer, Nordfeldt, Routledge, Clucas, Mesa
Injured: Bony, Bartley
Doubtful: Olsson, Sanches
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Arsenal So Far This Season Swansea So Far This Season
5th League Position 15th
4 (1) Wins (away) 1 (1)
5 – 2 vs. Everton Biggest Win 2 – 0 vs. Huddersfield
1 (1) Draws (away) 0 (2)
0 – 4 vs Liverpool Biggest Defeat 0 – 4 vs Manchester United
Alexandre Lacazette (5) Top Goal Scorer Tammy Abraham (4)
Y9, R0 Discipline Y12, R0
3 Failures to Score 4
4 Clean Sheets 4
33% Both Teams to Score Games 22%
55% Over 2.5 Goals 33%
45% Under 2.5 Goals 66%
  • New-signing Alexandre Lacazette is Arsenal’s top-scorer and the Frenchman will be expected to get on the scoresheet again here.
  • Just two of Swansea’s nine games have featured both teams to score, as the Swans have struggled to find the back of the net, although both of those occasions have come in the last four games as the performances have improved.
  • Alexis Sánchez grabbed his first league goal of the season last week and is another who will be likely to get on the scoresheet.
  • Both these teams have among the best discipline records in the league and haven’t received a red card yet. Betting on a low discipline points score could be fruitful.

Head to Head

Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides
Date Game Result Round First Goal-scorer
14/01/2017 Swansea 0 – 4 Arsenal Premier League Giroud 37′
15/10/2016 Arsenal 3 – 2 Swansea Premier League Walcott 26′
02/03/2016 Arsenal 1 – 2 Swansea Premier League Campbell 26′
31/10/2015 Swansea 0 – 3 Arsenal Premier League Giroud 49′
11/05/2015 Arsenal 0 – 1 Swansea Premier League Gomis 85′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Arsenal have won all four of their matches at the Emirates this season and they seem sure to continue that form here. With the knowledge that Manchester United and Tottenham play each other and consequently at least one of the teams above them will drop points, the Gunners have extra incentive going into this one.

This is obvious to all and an Arsenal win is priced accordingly by the bookies. To try and squeeze some value out, we’ll be backing either Arsenal to win + over 2.5 goals, or for both teams not to score, priced at 4/7 and 3/4 respectively. You can get these prices and lots more bets at Paddy Power.