Arsenal are set to take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night, 30th January 018 in the premier league midweek action. This one is a huge game for both sides for different reasons, Arsenal need three points to keep themselves in the hunt for top four finish while Swansea City will be hoping to get another big scalp and get out of the relegation zone. The match will kickoff at around 19:45 uk time and we will have live links as well as match highlights after the game is over.
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.
Swansea City 0-4 Arsenal – January 2017
[ English Premier League 2017 Match ]
37′ 0 – 1 Olivier Giroud scored in 37th minute to put Arsenal 1-0 after Swansea City had dominated the opening half hour.
54′ 0 – 2 Jack Cork (Own Goal)
67′ 0 – 3 Kyle Naughton (Own Goal)
73′ 0 – 4 Alexis Sanchez made it 4-0 towards the end of the game and completed impressive 4-0 away win for Arsenal.
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.