PREVIEW: Swansea City v Arsenal
14th January 2017
Paul Clement will take his seat in the Liberty Stadium dugout for the first time this afternoon when the Swans host Arsenal in SA1.
Clement's side will be aiming for back-to-back victories for the first time in the Premier League this season following their dramatic 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace almost a fortnight ago.
Arsenal, meanwhile, will be aiming for a return to winning ways in the top-flight following their thrilling 3-3 draw with Bournemouth.
The Swans will be boosted by their record against the Gunners in recent years, having won three of the past five fixtures against Arsene Wenger's side.
Swans supporters will have to wait to see new signing Luciano Narsingh in action, who is ruled out of this afternoon's fixture with a minor calf injury.
Neil Taylor will also miss out after fracturing his cheekbone in training this week.
Jefferson Montero, meanwhile, remains an absentee as he continues his recovery from a hamstring strain.
Arsenal will be boosted by the return of Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny, Alexis Sanchez and Petr Cech for Saturday's fixture.
Arsene Wenger confirmed, however, that Theo Walcott, Francis Coquelin and Hector Bellerin remain sidelined.
WHAT THEY SAID
Swans head coach Paul Clement: "I am really looking forward to my first home game.
"It's been a big ambition of mine to manage in this league and this game is going to be a special moment for me.
"Clearly it's going to be a difficult game, but I have been pleased with the players this week."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on in-form striker Olivier Giroud: "He has accepted the challenge of not being automatically selected and responded in the right way.
"When you have a challenge to take on, you take heart.
"He benefits from being fresh when some others have many games and need a little breather.
"We have just extended his contract, he has very interesting qualities and gives us variety."
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Arsenal 3-2 Swansea City (October 2016)
Arsenal 1-2 Swansea City (March 2016)
Swansea City 0-3 Arsenal (October 2015)
Arsenal 1-0 Swansea City (May 2015)
Swansea City 2-1 Arsenal (November 2014)
12 - Olivier Giroud has scored 12 goals from his last 17 shots on target in all competitions.
3 - After a run of 12 away games without a defeat, Arsenal are winless in their last three on the road in the top-flight (D1 L2).