PREVIEW: Arsenal v Swansea City
15th October 2016
Bob Bradley's Swansea City tenure begins at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday when his side face Arsenal in the Premier League.
The new Swans boss will be hoping for a winning start at a ground in which Swansea have enjoyed plenty of success in recent years.
The Swans have won on both of their last two visits to the Emirates - with their most recent victory coming in the form of a 2-1 win last season, courtesy of goals from Wayne Routledge and Ashley Williams.
But form favours the Gunners on this occasion, considering Arsene Wenger's men haven't tasted defeat in the league since the opening day of the season.
Arsenal have won all five of their previous five fixtures in the top flight, scoring 13 goals and conceding just three in the process.
Fernando Llorente (knee) and Jefferson Montero (calf) are both injury doubts for the Swans, having also missed out on Liverpool's visit to the Liberty a fortnight ago.
Federico Fernandez, meanwhile, is back in contention following a groin injury, while Nathan Dyer remains the only long-term absence for Bob Bradley's men.
Arsenal, on the other hand, will be without Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud for this afternoon's fixture as the duo continue their battle towards full fitness.
German international Mesut Ozil, however, is expected to be available for selection.
WHAT THEY SAID
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "Bob Bradley has big experience - he's not a beginner. He has travelled a lot. He has accumulated experience in the States, and he's been in Egypt, he has been in France just recently.
"He is coming now to England, which is certainly for him a fantastic opportunity.
"Winning is the best way of dealing with (doubts), just after playing us! You do not want to create scepticism because of where you're from. What is important is that you're qualified for the job you do, no matter where you're from."
Swans manager Bob Bradley: "I am aware that Swansea have a good record at Arsenal, and I like that because we can go there with confidence.
"To win there we will have to play well - all the details need to be right. Arsenal's football speaks for itself. All of us know what they are all about as a team.
"We have to make sure that defensively, the distance between our lines is right and our awareness is right.
"But we also have to go there with confidence when we have the ball. We have to go to play - to play passes forward."
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Arsenal 1-2 Swansea City (March 2016)
Swansea City 0-3 Arsenal (October 2015)
Arsenal 0-1 Swansea City (May 2015)
Swansea City 2-1 Arsenal (November 2014)
Arsenal 2-2 Swansea City (March 2014)
4 - At the Emirates, Swansea are unbeaten in their last four visits in the Premier League, winning three and drawing one.
2 - Swansea's average of two points per game away to Arsenal in the Premier League is the best return for an visiting side at the Emirates.
52 - Arsenal have been trailing for just 52 minutes in the top-flight this season, few than any other side.