The Gunners take on Swansea City fresh off the back of a morale boosting win at the Allianz Arena.
Having just ended a 101-year wait for major silverware, Swansea supporters could probably put Arsenal’s current eight-year hiatus in perspective but this is no time for frivolity at the Emirates, despite Wednesday’s impressive but ultimately futile win in Munich. Arsène Wenger’s side have 10 games to haul themselves into the top four, and cannot afford a repeat of December’s meeting in north London when Michu’s late double earned Swansea a 2-0 win. Leon Britton and Luke Moore should be fit for the home side.
Venue Liberty Stadium, Saturday 3pm
Last season Swansea 3 Arsenal 2
Referee J Moss
This season’s matches 16 Y51, R1, 3.25 cards per game
Subs from Tremmel, Tate, Dyer, Cornell, Lamah, Monk, Tiendalli, Shechter, Moore
Doubtful Britton (hip), Moore (calf)
Injured Agustien (hip, 30 Mar), Flores (ankle, 30 Mar), Taylor (ankle, 30 Mar)
Form guide LWLWLD
Disciplinary record Y46 R2
Leading scorer Michu 15
Subs from Szczesny, Mannone, Martínez, Yennaris, Squillaci, Vermaelen, Miquel, Diaby, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gnabry, Gervinho, Arshavin
Injured Sagna (knee, 30 Mar), Podolski (ankle, 30 Mar), Gibbs (thigh, 30 Mar), Wilshere (foot, 6 Apr)
Form guide LWWWDW
Disciplinary record Y28 R3
Leading scorer Walcott, Cazorla 11
Swansea beat Arsenal 3-2 in this fixture last season, and also won 2-0 at the Emirates in December.
But Arsenal beat the Swans in the FA Cup in January, winning 1-0 in the replay after the sides had drawn 2-2 at the Liberty Stadium.
In the three matches between these two teams this season, six of the seven goals have been scored in the last nine minutes.
Swansea are looking for a fourth consecutive home win. They haven’t lost at the Liberty Stadium since Norwich beat them 4-3 on 8 December. They last won four consecutive top-flight league home matches between December 1981 and March 1982 in the old Division One.
Their home record is exactly the same as this stage last season (W6, D6, L2). They have scored eight fewer goals but conceded nine fewer.
Swansea have led at half-time on five occasions this season – and have converted all five into victories.
Spanish players have scored 20 goals for Swansea in the Premier League this season.
One of those Spaniards, Michu, has scored three goals in three matches against Arsenal in all competitions this season.
Arsenal have won just one of their last four away games in the league. But they have conceded just 13 away goals in the top flight this season, the equal-fewest alongside Manchester City.
The Gunners are unbeaten in their last 13 Premier League matches that have followed a Champions League fixture since a 2-1 defeat at Tottenham in October 2011.
Arsenal have won just three times in their 13 matches against top-half clubs this season.
Theo Walcott turns 24 on the day of the game.
Lukas Podolski has been substituted in 19 of his 21 league starts this season, more than any other Arsenal player.
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