Arsenal secured impressive win over Swansea City after the international break which put them top of the table as both City and Tottenham dropped points in their respective games. Theo Walcott scored two quick goals in first half while Sigurdsson strike brought Swansea back into the game. However Mesut Ozil scored after the break to restore Arsenal 2 goal lead and pretty much settle the tie.
Arsenal 3-2 Swansea City Highlights
[ English Premier League 2016-17 Match ]
26′ 1 – 0 Theo Walcott continue his superb form with Arsenal as he scored first of the day in 26th minute to put Arsenal in lead.
33′ 2 – 0 Theo Walcott doubled the lead minutes later with his second goal and Arsenal went into cruise mode with a 2-0 lead.
38′ 2 – 1 Gylfi Sigurdsson got a fortunate ball on the edge of the box and he scored with stunning left foot strike to bring Swansea City back into the game.
57′ 3 – 1 Mesut Oezil made it 3-1 in second half to end the contest.
Match Highlights (English)
Arsenal currently sit third in the table with 16 points winning 5 of their last 6 games after that surprising 4-3 defeat against Liverpool on the opening day. Swansea City on the other hand are struggling at the wrong end of the table with just one win of their first 7 league games. They have appointed Bob Bradley (American) as the new manager of the team hoping he can guide them to survival in premier league.
Arsenal however don’t really like playing against Swansea as results in the recent meetings between the two teams suggest. Arsenal has lost 5 of the last 10 games between the two sides and most recent defeat came back in March 2016 when Swansea secured a 2-1 win pretty much ended Arsenal’s title hopes. Arsene Wenger who is widely reported to be in his last year at Arsenal will be hoping to avoid any mishaps and win all three points come Saturday to remain in the title race.
Team News & Lineups: Gunners are likely to keep Alexis Sanchez upfront with Walcott, Ozil and Iwobi playing in attacking roles ahead of Cazorla and Xhaka. Laurent Koscielny and Mustafi should keep their places in central defence while Bellerin and Monreal to start in fullback roles. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Saturday afternoon.
Predictions: Swansea are unbeaten at Emirates in their last three visits and with new manager in charge players will be up for the challenge again. This is the kind of fixture where Arsenal usually drop points and I expect Swansea to come away with something in this game.