These interlulls seem interminable but at last we get some proper football back at THOF as we welcome our nemesis, Swansea City.
We have not beaten Swansea at The Emirates in our last 4 meetings (3L, 1D). How can it be that we have such a poor record against one of the PL minnows? It is not as if they are a brutal team like Stoke or even a top quality side. No, it has to be one of three reasons:
- Arsenal have anticipated an easy victory and do not give 100% until it is too late.
- Arsenal are in poor form and Swansea rise to the occasion of playing in a world class stadium.
- Welsh Luck.
Or most probably a combination of the above. Whatever the reason it has to stop and it has to stop this afternoon.
Will Bob Bradley start his PL career with a positive result? Is it a fact or an urban myth that a new manager always starts with a win (Warnock did so last night for Cardiff)? Swansea certainly need a boost as they have lost 5 of their last 6 games and have “garnered”(outside of football when do we use this word?) just 4 points from 7 games.
Swansea’s main attacking threat will come from set pieces (no surprise there!) and this is an area which has traditionally been a weakness for AFC. Much has been written about the lack of height in our defence yet we go into the game on the back of 4 clean sheets.
Our season is going well apart from a mad 20 minutes vs Liverpool in a game which we not only dominated but should have been out of sight by 40 minutes . We were average against Burnley which can be excused after an exhausting week.
Is OG knacked or on the naughty step? Either way he is not playing today. Nor is Ramsey who may well be out for another week.
Bellerin Mustafi Koscielny Monreal
Cazorla Xhaka Iwobi
Walcott Sanchez Ozil
Why change a winning team? The only reason to do so would be exhaustion following the Internationals. Perhaps Sanchez will be rested for The Ox.
The bench gets stronger and stronger as players return from injury though we are lacking (as always) a striker – Akpom, OG, Perez and Welbeck are all missing. Where is Sanogo when we need him?
Win today, win midweek and we are kushtie, drop points today and a cold winter looms, but we won’t, will we?