Arsenal v Swansea City: Premier League Match Preview
Arsenal host Swansea City in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon (3.00pm kick-off UK time).
Arsenal start this round of Premier League fixtures in 5th position in the Premier League table, with 16 points from nine matches.
The Gunners earned their first away win of the Premier League season against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
The 5-2 victory was Arsenal’s best attacking display of the season. They had over 30 efforts on goal in the match. But individual defensive errors cost the Gunners two goals at the other end.
The Gunners have won nine successive league games at the Emirates Stadium.
They have scored 22 goals during that run and kept seven clean sheets.
Arsenal haven’t lost a Premier League home match since they were beaten 2-1 by Watford in January.
They have scored 23 headed goals in the Premier League since the start of 2016-17, four more than any other side.
Swansea City start the day in 15th position in the Premier League table, with 8 points from nine matches.
The Swans were beaten 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium by Leicester City last Saturday.
Swansea have taken nine points from six away matches, with their only defeat coming against West Ham in their most recent away fixture.
They have conceded only once in their last five away league games dating back to May.
Swansea have scored just six league goals this season; only Crystal Palace, with two, have fewer.
Arsenal can win back-to-back Premier League matches against Swansea City for the first time.
Swansea City have won three times away at Emirates Stadium in the Premier League – only Chelsea have defeated Arsenal more often there (4).
Swansea are the only club to have won more top-flight matches away to Arsenal than they have lost, with four victories and three defeats in eight games.
However, they did lose last season’s corresponding fixture 3-2, which was then-manager Bob Bradley’s first game in charge.
Paul Clement’s reign as Swansea boss also began with a game against Arsenal: a 4-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium in January. Arsenal have won three of the past four meetings, scoring 12 goals
Arsenal have won three of the past four meetings, scoring 12 goals.
Alexandre Lacazette got his first away Premier League goal for the Gunners against Everton on Sunday, taking his total in the competition to five. He will hope to add to the four goals he has so far scored at the Emitrates Stadium.
Jordan Ayew has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than any other current Swansea player since his debut in the competition in February 2017 (7 – 2 goals, 5 assists).
On loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has scored four of the Swans six league goals this season.
This will be Arsene Wenger’s 800th Premier League match in charge of Arsenal. Only Sir Alex Ferguson (810) has managed more in the competition
“We need to keep our impeccable record at home. We have no room for missing games because we’ve had bad results away from home.”
“You have to keep level-headed. There are always good moments around the corner as long as you stay focused and put the work in. We know that if we stay together, stay focused and persevere the rewards will come.
“We feel quite upbeat about this game and those coming up. We know Arsenal are in a good moment and had a good victory at Everton last week. But we have to be as strong and determined as we were defensively at Tottenham, and hope we have a little more of the ball than we had in that game.”
Calum Chambers returns to full training on Monday, and David Ospina may be available for the Europa League match with Red Star Belgrade on Thursday.
Shkodran Mustafi and Danny Welbeck will once again be missing through injury
Nathan Dyer should be available after recovering from a minor toe complaint.
Martin Olsson is with a hamstring injury picked up in the EFL Cup defeat to Manchester United on Tuesday night.
Wilfried Bony and Renato Sanches remain out with hamstring and thigh injuries respectively.
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistants: Harry Lennard, Derek Eaton
Fourth official: Lee Probert
Arsenal to win 3-1