Arsenal host Swansea on Saturday afternoon, as Paul Clement’s side aim to move away from the relegation zone. However, the Gunners will be full of confidence due to their recent form, and they have a top-four spot firmly in their sights.
Arsenal fans will be looking out for a new name when the team news is announced following Eddie Nketiah’s goal-scoring exploits in midweek. The youngster will likely have to watch on as the Ozil-Sanchez-Lacazette trio will be aiming to carry on their scoring ways following the demolition of a beleaguered Everton side. Ex-Arsenal player Martin Keown has been demanding the Premier League return of Jack Wilshere following several impressive cup performances.
Granit Xhaka’s form has been inconsistent this season and may be the most vulnerable to losing his place to Wilshere. The match may provide added extra motivation for Cardiff-boy Aaron Ramsey against his boyhood team’s rivals. Swansea are the only Premier League side to have won more games away at Arsenal than they have lost, so Wenger will be cautious of losing against his bogey side.
Paul Clement will be hoping for a reaction from his players following home defeats to both Manchester United and Leicester. The major blow from the midweek game was the injury of Martin Olsson, who is Swansea’s only natural left back in the squad.
Clement will likely have to play either Clucas or Naughton out of position to fill in the Swede’s absence. Both of his major summer signings Renato Sanches and Wilfred Bony will also be missing with injuries from the Emirates. Clement will have been frustrated at the lack of game time he has got from these 2 key figures.
The South Welsh outfit will again have to depend on the impressive Tammy Abraham who will be hoping to add to his impressive tally of 4 goals in 9 starts. The Swans’ may very well need to rely on their form on the road as the defeat at home to Leicester was their fourth defeat in five home Premier League games this season.
Overall I think Swansea will put up a strong test, but it will be the home side who will come through in the end.