- Match Analysis
Typically over the years, Swansea has done well against the bigger teams of the Premier League: they managed a draw against an out-of-form Chelsea side; they were robbed of a point in the last minutes against Liverpool and the all-whites also managed to score against a dominant Manchester City team.
On the contrary, the odds are against Swansea for this particular match-up as they have not won since they came on top of League One side, Peterborough in the League Cup. Currently, they are struggling in 17th with just 4 points in 7 games.
Their opposition are on the other side of the table. With 5 wins in their last 5 matches Arsenal lie in 3rd place below their North London rivals and Manchester City. Due to their impressive record this season, they are expected to breeze past Swansea in order to continue their pursuit to their first Premier League title since the invincibles brought it to the Emirates in 2004.
The boss, Bob Bradley, brought in a record signing over the summer in Borja Baston, who was impressive during his spell at Atletico Madrid; however he has not reached the same heights this season yet. At the tender age of 24, he still has a long career ahead of him but he has started with a few injuries that have kept him out of touch. Scoring 19 goals last season, Borja showed he has the quality that Swansea need but has failed to impress so far in England. Maybe he will be able to recover his form at the Emirates and contribute to another shocking Premier League result.
Another individual that the Welsh have relied upon this season is Leroy Fer, who is currently the top scorer with 4 goals in 7 games. He has truly shone this season and has been compared to the likes of Yaya Toure with his tendency to carry his side on his back with his attacking nature. However, due to Fer constantly attacking, he may be a reason why the Swans have conceded so many this season as he is not concentrating on his defensive duties.
As always, Gylfi Sigurdsson is always one to watch as he has a natural ability to create problems for defenders, whether that is from a cutting through pass to a set piece. The Iceland international has been brilliant over the years but has always been under-looked by football fans as he is not a typical attacking midfielder. He may be the one that makes the Arsenal defenders anxious when Swansea are on the attack.
After being looked upon as a waste of potential, Theo Walcott is finally flourishing for Arsenal. With 5 goals this season, he will be looking to continue his immense run of form against Swansea with another goal to his tally. His injury prone years are now over and now at 27 years old, it is about time he showed his quality we’ve all been waiting for ever since he was bought from Southampton in 2006.
Following his transfer from Real Madrid, Ozil has been nothing but outstanding for the Gunners. Also known as ‘the assist king’, the German can breech any defence with a single pass. His ability has enabled him to be looked highly upon and to be considered as one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League and potentially the world. The volley he scored against Chelsea was clear evidence of his quality and the build-up to that goal was equally as brilliant.
There is no doubt about Sanchez’s unbelievable ability to rip opposing defences to shreds. Since signing for Arsenal, he has been nothing short of world-class, whether he’s playing in the centre, on the wing, or second striker. Swansea will have done their research on him but no amount of research will be enough to keep this merciless striker away from putting the ball in the back of the net.
Fabianski, Rangel, Van der Hoorn, Amat, Naughton, Fer, Britton, Cork, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Borja Baston
Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Cazorla, Xhaka, Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi, Sanchez