MATCH PREVIEW: Swans v Arsenal

31st October 2015

The Swans go in search of back-to-back league wins when they face Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (3pm).
Garry Monk's side saw their unbeaten home record come to end a fortnight ago following a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Stoke, but the Swans responded with victory at Aston Villa last weekend - their first win in five league games.
Arsenal, meanwhile, arrive in SA1 in a rich vein of form following four straight league wins that have moved them joint top of the Barclays Premier League.
However, Swansea are unbeaten in their last three league meetings with the Gunners - including last season's home and away wins.

Swans boss Garry Monk: "They (Arsenal) have had a fantastic start to the season. They have an excellent squad full of world-class talent and they are definite title contenders.
"We've had some good games against them in recent years and had two good results against them last season.
"We know that when we are at our best we can give anyone a game in this league and we'll need to be at that level on Saturday. If we do that we are in with a chance of getting the result we want."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "We are now focussed to do well at Swansea. We are on a strong run in the Premier League.
"Last year Swansea were the only team to beat us twice so it is a good challenge. We need a strong defensive performance.
"I want to continue to develop our results and the way we play football and the club as well. I want to play football as close to perfection as possible."

Arsenal 0-1 Swansea - May 2015
Swansea 2-1 Arsenal - November 2014
Arsenal 2-2 Swansea - March 2014
Swansea 1-2 Arsenal - September 2013
Swansea 0-2 Arsenal - March 2013

  • Swansea are unbeaten in their last three Premier League meetings with Arsenal (W2 D1)
  • The Gunners have scored on each of their four PL visits to Liberty Stadium (W2 L2)
  • Arsenal have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League away games (0-2 v Chelsea), winning nine and drawing one
  • Garry Monk's side are without a win in three home league games (D2 L1); their worst run since last February (also three games). They've never gone four without a victory at home under their current boss
  • Arsenal have scored 1999 goals in all competitions under Arsene Wenger
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored or assisted 30 goals in 60 Premier League apps for Swansea (16 goals, 14 assists) - only Wilfried Bony (31) has been involved in more for the club in the competition
  • Mesut Özil has the best games per assist rate in Premier League history - averaging an assist every 2.71 matches (min. 20 assists)
  • Swansea have only failed to score in two of their eight previous Premier League meetings with Arsenal
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