Arsenal’s title ambitions pass through the Liberty Stadium

Last updated: October 26, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Liberty Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WLDLL
Away form: WWWWL
Last season: 2-1
Competition: The Premier League

Arsenal won their last Premiership game against Everton by 2-1 and climbed to the top of the standings. That was the 7th victory for Arsene Wenger’s lads and fourth consecutive in the Premier League. The Londoners are on a good run of three consecutive away Premiership wins. In addition, the Gunners proved they are in top form, winning 2-0 against the German champion Bayern Munich last week.

In-form French international Olivier Giroud just can’t stop scoring. The striker found the back of the net in the team’s last three competitive games. Giroud has scored 7 goals in all competitions for Arsenal so far and he hopes he will increase this number after the visit to the Liberty Stadium.

On the other hand, Swansea put on display really good performance against Aston Villa at the Villa Park last weekend when the Swans came from behind and eventually won the match by 2-1. That was their third victory of the season and first away win in The Premier League. Now, Garry Monk hopes Swansea will get something from the upcoming match against Arsenal.

Team News

Wayne Routledge received a calf muscle strain two weeks ago and is surely going to miss the game. He is the only sidelined player for The Swans.

Arsenal’s German defender, Per Mertesacker, is ill again. He missed the last match against Everton and is expected to return to training after a couple of weeks.

Colombian goalkeeper, David Ospina, is suffering from a shoulder injury and is also sidelined for Arsenal. However, he is not Wenger’s first choice.

Five more players are going to miss the visit to the Liberty Stadium for the Gunners: Arteta (ankle injury), Rosicky (knee injury), Ramsey (hamstring), Wilshere (fibula fracture) and Welbeck (knee injury).

Quotes of the week

garry monk Garry Monk (Swansea) : “It will never gonna be easy.”

klopp Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) : “I would cry if there was no football during Christmas.”

Expected line-ups:

Swansea (4-4-1-1): Fabianski, Taylor, Williams, Fernandez, Naughton, Shelvey, Cork, Sung-Yong, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Gomis.
Subs Montero, Eder, Bartley, Dyer, Nordfeldt, Tabanau, Angel Rangel.
Injured: Routledge
Not available:
Arsenal (4-1-4-1): Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny, Gabriel, Coquelin, Oezil, Sanchez, Flamini, Cazorla, Walcott.
Subs Macey, Gibbs, Chambers, Debuchy, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell, Giroud
Injured: Rosicky, Wilshere, Welbeck, Arteta, Mertesacker, Ospina, Ramsey
Not available:

Key Battle

ayew Andre Ayew this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
10 869 5 2 1 0 3 0
giroud Giroud this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
4 (6) 447 5 2,9 0 0 1 0

So far this season

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Swansea this season Arsenal this season
12 League Position 2
2 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (4)
2-0 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 5-2 vs. Leicester
2 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (0)
1 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (1)
1-3 to Southampton Biggest Defeat 0-2 to West Ham and Chelsea
Ayew (5) Top scorer Sanchez (6)
Montero, Naughton (2) Assist Leader Oezil (7)
Y19, R0 Discipline Y12, R2
3 Failures to score 3
2 Clean Sheets 5
6 Both Teams to Score Games 3
5 Over 2.5 Games 5
5 Under 2.5 Games 5
  • This will be the 15th match between these two teams. The stats are totally equal so far – 6 victories for Swansea, 2 draws and 6 wins for The Gunners.
  • The last time Arsenal won at the Liberty Stadium was two years ago when Arsene Wenger’s lads won by 2-1. Gnabry and Ramsey scored in the second half and secured the victory for The Londoners.
  • Swansea’s last home Premiership victory was two months ago when The Swans won 2-1 against Manchester United. The Welsh side turned things around and reached the three points.
  • Arsenal have won 4 from their 5 away Premiership games from the beginning of the season, which means The Gunners are really impressive when playing away from home.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
11/05/15 The Premier League Arsenal 0-1 Swansea Gomis 85′
09/11/14 The Premier League Swansea 2-1 Arsenal Sanchez 64′
25/03/14 The Premier League Arsenal 2-2 Swansea Bony 11′
28/09/13 The Premier League Swansea 1-2 Arsenal Gnabry 58′
16/03/13 The Premier League Swansea 0-2 Arsenal Monreal 74′