Preview: Arsenal v Swans

16th January 2013


The Swans will be looking to continue their recent cup exploits when they take on Arsenal in an FA Cup third round replay on Wednesday (7.30pm).

Michael Laudrup's men travel to the Emirates on the back of just two defeats in their last 17 games, including a 2-2 draw at the Liberty in the initial tie.
In that time the Swans have also secured a two-goal advantage in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup against Chelsea.
And with the club just 90 minutes away from a Wembley final, Laudrup will be hoping to work his magic in the FA Cup also.
The Swans reached the fourth round last season before being dumped out by Bolton, and their most recent run in the competition came back in 2009 when they went out in the fifth round while a Championship side.
Arsenal have won the FA Cup 10 times, a record bettered only by Manchester United, who have lifted the trophy on 11 occasions.
Coincidentally, the last time the Gunners lifted the trophy, back in 2005, was the club's last trophy under boss Arsene Wenger.
The winner of Wednesday's clash will travel to Brighton in the fourth round on the weekend of January 26/27.
Arsenal will be without Mikel Arteta (calf), while defender Laurent Koscielny is suspended following his red card against Manchester City at the weekend.
Michael Laudrup has a fully fit squad to choose from, but new signing Roland Lamah wasn't signed in time to feature at the Emirates.


Head to head

Arsenal have won six, drawn two and lost five of the 13 previous league and cup meetings with Swansea, including last month's 2-0 defeat at the Emirates.
Arsenal beat Swansea Town in the fourth round in 1950 on their way to winning the competition.


Match stats
The last time Arsenal failed to make it through to the fourth round of the FA Cup was back in 1996

Michu has struck three times in his last two games against Arsenal

Five of the six goals scored between Arsenal and Swansea this season have come in the final 10 minutes of matches

Danny Graham has scored four goals in his last five FA Cup appearances, including the late equaliser against Arsenal in the last game

The Swans have found the net in their last 15 FA Cup matches, failing to do so most recently in the fourth round against Ipswich in January 2007

Arsenal are the second most successful club in FA Cup history. Their 10 wins are eclipsed only by the 11 of Manchester United and their 17 appearances in the final, topped by United's 18


32Red odds: Arsenal 8/15 Swans 27/5 Draw 33/10