PREVIEW: Swans v Arsenal

28th September 2013

The Swans will be looking for their first home league win of the season on Saturday when they host Arsenal at the Liberty (5.30pm).
Michael Laudrup's side have collected seven points so far, with last Sunday's victory over Crystal Palace moving them into the top ten.
Manchester United took all three points from the Liberty on the opening day, while Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw a fortnight ago.
However, the Swans are unbeaten in their last three league outings as they prepare to face the current Premier League leaders.
Arsenal lost to Aston Villa on the opening day, but since then they have won four consecutive league games, and are also chasing their twelfth straight away win in all competitions.
Not only that, but they added Mesut Ozil to their ranks during last month's transfer window, and the Germany international has provided four assists in his first two appearances.
The last time the two sides met at the Liberty Stadium was back in March when the Gunners ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Nacho Monreal and Gervinho.

The Swans are expected to make a number of changes from the midweek defeat at Birmingham, but the game could come too soon for the return of Pablo Hernandez.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are without Theo Walcott, and the winger is joined on the sidelines by Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Swans boss Michael Laudrup: "We had some good games last season. From our point of view we always remember the league game in London which we won 2-0. 
"But we also had good games here too - in the cup and in the league, and I am looking forward to a very exciting game tomorrow. 
"For us, this is the third game at home in the league - we have faced the champions and then the leaders. Now we face another club that is top of the table."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "If you have a choice, that's where you want to be [at the top]. It's a very early stage but there's a compact group of teams. We are there and we want of course to stay there.
"I think it's very compact and after five games played it's very, very early. But it looks at the moment, if you look at the quality of the games, the whole season looks to be very promising."

  • Seven of the nine goals scored in the four games between Swansea and Arsenal last season came in the final 10 minutes of matches
  • Both Barclays Premier League games between the two sides last season ended as 2-0 away wins
  • The Swans have scored the two fastest BPL goals in 2013-14 so far (Michu vs C. Palace 1:20 & Shelvey v Liverpool 1:27)
  • Arsenal are the only team to score in all five of their Barclays Premier League games this season
  • The Gunners scored three goals from set-pieces in their last Premier League game, the first time they had scored this many in a single game since May 2010
  • Arsene Wenger's side have the best shot conversion rate (20.4%) and shooting accuracy (61.1%) in the Premier League this season
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