Barclays Premier League Previews
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9
SWANSEA V ARSENAL, LIBERTY STADIUM
RANGEL FERNANDEZ WILLIAMS TAYLOR
ROUTLEDGE SIGURDSSON MONTERO
CAZORLA SANCHEZ WALCOTT
GIBBS MONREAL MERTESACKER CHAMBERS
Arsenal will hope to recover after the shock of their capitulation against Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Arsenal were winning 3-0 against the Belgians and coasting to the win that would have confirmed their place in the final 16 of Europe's elite competition, but three goals conceded in the final 29 minutes leaves them still to confirm their qualification.
The Gunners are fourth after beating Burnley at the Emirates last weekend, but they face a Swansea City side enjoying its best start to a Barclays Premier League season, with an impressive 15 points after 10 matches taking them to sixth, just two places and two points behind the weekend's visitors.
Arsenal have lost just once - at Chelsea - but they have also won only four Premier League matches this season and those have come against teams currently in the bottom six of the table.
Swansea have dropped the joint-most points from winning positions this season, eight, while Arsenal have recovered the most from losing positions, seven.
The Welshmen will be hoping Wilfried Bony can continue his good form; the Swansea striker has scored four goals in his last four Premier League matches. But they will be without Jonjo Shelvey, who was sent-off at Everton last weekend and is banned.
Arsenal still have injury problems, but there is a good chance that Theo Walcott could finally start a game for the first time this season. Captain Mikel Arteta is a doubt, while Mesut Ozil, Mathiey Debuchy, Abou Diaby, Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and David Ospina are out and Jack Wilshere is a doubt.
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