After a difficult few weeks for Arsenal, in which they’ve slipped off the pace in the title race, Arsene Wenger will be hoping a trip to Wales and an encounter with one of his sides ‘bogey’ teams won’t serve up more disappointment.
Swansea have beaten Arsenal in three of their last five Premier League meetings and new manager Paul Clement will be keen to continue that trend today.
The Welsh side are struggling this season though, their record of 13 goals in their last 10 is amongst the Premier League’s worst.
FORM GUIDE – OVERALL
Swansea have lost four of their last six games, shipping 12 goals in the process as the short-lived reign of American coach Bob Bradley came to an end.
Overall they’ve lost 13 of their last 20 games and have the kind of goal difference that makes them likely candidates for relegation.
Although they can take heart from the fact that they’re facing an Arsenal side who have kept just 2 clean sheets since November. In contrast, Arsenal have grabbed 11 points from a possible 15 in their
FORM GUIDE – HOME VS AWAY
Swansea’s home form, while mixed, has been a positive during a tough campaign. Wins in December against fellow strugglers Sunderland and Crystal Palace gave some cause for optimism. But those games were swiftly followed by heavy losses at home to West Ham and Bournemouth as the wheels fell off Bradley’s tenure over Christmas.
Arsenal’s away for had been a huge positive up until recently, but 2-1 losses to both Everton and Man City in successive away games pushed The Gunners off the summit of the Premier League and were followed by a draw against Bournemouth away in their last league game.
Arsenal have had mixed fortunes at the Liberty Stadium in recent times, with frustrating losses in two of their last six games there.
Last season they successfully beat Swansea 3-0, but the most recent game in March at The Emirates ended in a 2-1 loss for The Gunners.
Despite recent troubles, Arsenal’s form across their last 10 games is still significantly better than their hosts’, topping Swansea in 14 out of the 15 key statistical areas of the Ultimate Form Guide.
It looks as though the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud could have a very enjoyable afternoon indeed, with their side performing well in attack and Swansea failing miserably in defence. They are currently conceding 2.6 goals per game on average, and with an impressive shot conversion rate of 20% Arsenal are well equipped to take advantage of that.
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