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Arsenal Hosts Swansea Today

Posted: May 11, 2015 at 1:17 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Arsenal hosts Swansea on Monday Night Football and Ian Ogg expects the Premier League clash to feature plenty of goals.

Swansea has enjoyed a decent campaign and Garry Monk has established himself as a top-flight manager but Swansea has lost four of its five away games against the top six and the layers aren’t expecting them to get anything out of this contest.

Arsenal, which still has plenty to play for in contrast to the visitors, is just 1/3 with the Swans available at double figures.

Swansea has, however, enjoyed some good results in North London, winning this fixture in 2012 and drawing 2-2 in 2014. They also won the reverse fixture in this campaign at the Liberty Stadium and in the 2011-12 season so there is certainly a basis on ‘recent’ evidence for siding with the Welsh side.

Swansea also come here in decent form having won its last two games against Stoke and Newcastle, scoring five goals in the process, and will be keen to maintain a run that has put it within touching distance of Southampton and seventh place (and, indeed, Spurs in sixth).

The trouble is that Arsenal has been in scintillating form and has led at half-time and full-time in eight of its last nine at home (Chelsea the exception) and has lost just one of its last 34 league games at home while it was imperious in the first 45 minutes against Hull in the last edition of Monday Night Football.

The Gunners struggled past Reading in the FA Cup, failed to break down Chelsea’s barriers and is not infallible, but such is the depth and variety of talent available to Arsene Wenger that it’s hard to oppose his side which has looked less fragile than in past seasons.

Danny Welbeck is out and Aaron Ramsey a doubt but Jack Wilshere could return to the starting XI and there is more than enough goals in their side, whereas Swansea could be a little light up front with Bafetimbi Gomis expected to miss out and Nelson Oliveira an injury concern.

Swansea’s midfield have helped to compensate for the loss of Wilfried Bony (its top scorer with nine despite being sold in January) and has provided crucial support for their frontmen with Ki Sung-yueng bagging eight so far (having scored three in his first two seasons) which has fuelled speculation of a move to Liverpool.