The Emirates Stadium will experience Premier League match time on Saturday, September 10, as Arsenal seek to live down their humiliating 8-2 loss at Old Trafford to Manchester United in match week three.
These sides have met four times in the past and sheared the honours with two wins each. But these statistics matter little when you consider that the last meeting between the sides came three decades ago.
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It has not been the best of starts for the Gunners who trail leaders Manchester United by seven points already after just three games. Following the departure of Fabregas and Nasri, there’ll be an increasing reliance on Arteta to provide the creative spark in midfield. Other marquee names to enter the club during the transfer window are Per Mertesacker and Yossi Benayoun. These players will have to play to their potential if the home crowd have to be pacified; they will not settle for anything less than a win. All eyes will be on the in-form Van Persie; an early goal from him would not only relieve pressure but open the floodgates for more goals.
A 4-0 loss to Manchester City in their opening game wasn’t the best initiation to the Premiership that Swansea would have wanted. But what followed would have done nothing to get their fans up on their feet and applauding. One goalless stalemate against Wigan was followed by another against Sunderland, in match weeks two and three, leaving Swansea yet to score a goal, in their Premiership campaign.
Swansea will rely on Scott Sinclair to break that trend by displaying the kind of form that made him one of the top scorers of the Championship last season, when Sinclair found rival nets on 22 occasions. yet, against Arsenal and other tough opponents, the emphasis will be on keeping a clean sheet, and the back-line will come under heavy scrutiny.
Bookmakers back Arsenal as overwhelming favourites to win the weekend match against Swansea. The odds quoted for an Arsenal win are 4/11, while a draw attracts odds of 7/2. In the unlikely event of a Swansea victory, a lucky better could win as much as nine times his stake.
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