Swansea City vs Arsenal: Statistical Preview, Form Guide, Injuries & Head-To-Head
Arsenal travel to Wales to take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. Here’s a statistical preview with form guide, head-to-head and more.
These two sides played away from home midweek in the Capital One Cup and both sides will be playing home games in Europe next week. Four wins in a row have taken Arsenal to the top of the league heading into this weekend whilst 7 points from their last three have catapulted Swansea City into the top half.
Despite conceding an equaliser in the first half at home to Stoke City last weekend Arsenal always looked like winning. They were 3-1 victors in the end, the same scoreline for three of their four league victories with new German signing Mesut Özil involved in all three Arsenal goals.
After losing their opening two matches, Swansea City have picked up their league form. 2-0 winners at Crystal Palace last weekend included last season’s top scorer Michu scoring his 3rd goal in as many games during the week (2 in the Premier League, 1 in Europa League).
Swansea City WDWLL
Prior to elimination from the Capital One Cup on Wednesday at Birmingham, a competition they won last season, Swansea City had found a bit of form in recent weeks. Winners at both West Brom and Crystal Palace, as well as being the first team to prevent Liverpool from winning this season (2-2 draw) and a 3-0 thrashing of 10-man Valencia.
Two top teams they have played this season ended up in defeat; 4-1 at home to Manchester United and 1-0 at Tottenham, both in the opening two weekends of the season.
Ashley Williams is a slight doubt with an ankle injury and Pablo Hernández remains absent. Michu has found his shooting boots over the past two weekends but Wilfried Bony was wasteful midweek before scoring his stoppage time consolation.
Since opening the season with a 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa it’s all been uphill for Arsenal since. Victories have come against Fulham, Tottenham, Sunderland and Stoke.
Mesut Özil has made an instant impact in the two games he has played since arriving from Real Madrid, involved in four of the six goals Arsenal have scored.
Arsène Wenger’s side still have several injury issues – Santi Cazorla, Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski, Tomáš Rosický, Yaya Sanogo and Theo Walcott are all absent.
Arsenal were 2-0 winners in this fixture last season in March when these two sides last met. Nacho Monreal and Gervinho scored the goals in the final 20 minutes.
Swansea City had won by the same scoreline at the Emirates earlier in the season with Michu scoring two goals on the counter attack in the final 5 minutes. In between these two teams played out a 2-2 draw in the FA Cup third round in Swansea before Arsenal won the replay 1-0 at home.
Premier League Stats
Pablo Hernández (injured)
Alan Tate (injured)
Santi Cazorla (injured)
Abou Diaby (injured)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (injured)
Lukas Podolski (injured)
Tomáš Rosický (injured)
Yaya Sanogo (injured)
Theo Walcott (injured)
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