Arsenal vs Swansea
The Gunners welcome a struggling Swansea City to the Emirates this Saturday.
Arsenal host the team some would say are their bogey side in the Premier League, as they aim to pick up back-to-back home wins in this fixture for the first time in the Premier League era.
The Gunners have won three matches on the spin overall since going down to Watford and have momentum on their side once again, while the visitors are level with the bottom three following a disappointing run.Embed from Getty Images
Paul Clement will definitely feel the pressure after 2 wins in 9 games, no matter how much he has tried to play it off. The Swans are really struggling in the final third, and also struggling to find a way to stretch teams across the pitch.
Clements biggest issue since being appointed at the turn of the year has been a lack of serious momentum, winning more than one league game in a row on just one occasion when picking up three victories in succession to see out the 2016-17 season.
Swansea did well to drag themselves off the foot of the table to finish seven points off of danger last time out, but their start to this campaign points to another fight for survival being on the cards, especially if they do not click into gear in an attacking sense.Embed from Getty Images
Star attackers Sanchez, Lacazette and Ozil linked up for the first time at Goodison Park and all three are expected to be fit enough to play a part against the Swans. Nketiah is unlikely to come into the mix, despite his heroics against Norwich, while Cazorla, Chambers, Mustafi and Welbeck all remain sidelined.
In terms of the visitors, Olson picked up a hamstring problem against Man United to compound Clement’s misery and is a major doubt for the trip to North London.
Experienced full-back Angel Rangel is in line to take over at the back for his second league appearance, with Kyle Naughton moving to the opposite flank, and there are also question marks over the fitness of Renato Sanchez and Wilfried Bony.
Expected starting XI’s:
ARS Starting XI: Petr Cech, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny,Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin, Sead Kolasinac, Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez, Lacazette
SWA Starting XI: Lukasz Fabianski, F. Fernandez, Kyle Naughton, Alfie Mawson, Leon Britton, Leroy Fer, Ki Sung-yueng, Tom Carroll, Samuel Clucas, Jordan Ayew, Tammy Abraham
Predictions: Arsenal 3 Swansea 1
The Swans have been really struggling for any sort of form, whilst the gunners look a completely different team now all their stars are playing on the pitch. Despite the Swans having a good run of results against the Gunners, I don’t see anything other than an Arsenal win.
Written by Gafyn Donald.