PREVIEW: Arsenal v Swans
25th March 2014
The Swans will be looking to bounce back from Saturday's defeat when they take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium (7.45pm).
Garry Monk's side suffered a setback last weekend when they suffered a 3-2 loss at Everton - a result that leaves them just four points clear of the relegation zone.
Arsenal, meanwhile, were dealt a huge blow to their title chances as they were on the wrong end of a 6-0 defeat at Chelsea.
The Gunners were reduced to ten men in the first half when Kieran Gibbs saw red despite an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handball, and the home side will be looking to get that decision overturned ahead of Tuesday's clash.
That result leaves Arsene Wenger's side seven points off the summit - but they could reduce that gap to just four points with a victory.
The Swans will be hoping to draw inspiration from this fixture last season when they recorded a memorable 2-0 win thanks to a brace from Michu.
Arsenal are without defender Laurent Koscielny (calf), while skipper Thomas Vermaelen should return to the starting line-up.
Swansea, meanwhile, have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to the Emirates, with defender Kyle Bartley being the only absentee.
WHAT THEY SAID
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "Now we have to win our next game. That is what we have to focus on. It's vital that we show character and respond in the right manner on Tuesday night against Swansea. We are all determined to put this performance behind us and respond."
Swans head coach Garry Monk: "We expect a reaction from them (Arsenal). That's the message to the players. But we'll try and put on the right performance to get a result.
"I was very surprised by what happened against Chelsea, but obviously circumstances played a part in that. We have to be aware of that and try to counter it.
"We know it is going to be a very tough game and we're in for a hard night."
- The away side has scored two goals in five of the last six meetings between Arsenal and Swansea in all competitions
- Arsenal have lost none of their last 13 Premier League home games (W10 D3), conceding just four goals in that run
- There has never been a league draw between Arsenal and Swansea
- Meanwhile, the Gunners have won just three of their last eight Premier League games (W3 D2 L3)