Arsenal will travel to Wales for their next match on early Saturday evening at 5:30 as they take on Swansea at Liberty Stadium. It’ll be their sixth match of the new Premier League season. The Gunners will be shooting for their fifth straight league win, their ninth consecutive victory overall and their 12th in a row on the road. Their recent hot streak sees them sitting at the top of the table with 12 points on four wins and a loss while Swansea is in ninth place with seven points from a draw and pair of wins and defeats.
One of the biggest stories to come out of the Emirates so far this season is the excellent play of 22-year-old Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey and his seven goals in all competitions. The midfield has also been strengthened by the signing of German international Mesut Ozil and his playmaking abilities and the return of Mikel Arteta. Those players will prove to be crucial against Swansea as Santi Cazorla, Abou Diaby, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky, Yaya Sanogo and Lukas Podolski are all out with injuries.
Swansea has managed to beat Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion at home this season and are unbeaten in their past three league encounters after dropping the first two contests to Manchester United and Tottenham. They were knocked out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday as reigning champions as they were beaten 3-1 in Birmingham by the Championship League outfit. Manager Michael Laudrup has a couple of injuries to deal with as Neil Taylor and Pablo Hernandez are expected to miss the game. Skipper Ashley Williams could also be absent and will be a match time decision.
The Gunners have met Swansea just 10 times overall in all competitions throughout the years and have won five games lost four and drawn the other one. However, they’ve been outscored 13 to 12 in those contests. At Swansea they have two wins and losses to go along with a draw and the teams have scored eight goals each. When these two teams met at Liberty Stadium last season Arsenal Took all three points back to London with them courtesy of a 2-0 win, but the Swans returned the favour with a 2-0 victory at the Emirates.
Swansea has always given Arsenal a tough, competitive go of it and this match should be the same, especially with a weakened Gunners lineup. Arsenal is the only team to have scored in all of their league games this campaign and showed they had enough depth in the squad to take care of West Brom in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday with a penalty-shootout win.
Manager Arsene Wenger said after the game at West Brom, “I am proud. We played with many young players and they showed they are not only good footballers but that they can fight as well.” However, this could be a slightly different story. For Arsenal to hang onto first place everybody’s going to have to play to their best of their capabilities.