With Arsenal having lost two crucial games in a week, it’s a bad time to be facing your Premier League bogey team three days later. However, that’s the reality for the much-maligned Gunners, who can’t afford anything less than a win against Swansea City to stand a chance in the title-race.
Arsenal once again in poor form approaching Spring
Arsenal were comfortably beaten 2-0 at home by Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 last Tuesday, and followed up the poor result with a 3-2 defeat against an injury-hit Manchester United side in the Premier League. Supporters and pundits have since been critical of the club and manager, and Arsenal desperately need a result to try and get their critics back on side.
Arsene Wenger’s men are five points adrift of leaders Leicester City with 11 games to go, and have dropped points in four of their last six. Their opponents Swansea have an identical points return as Arsenal from their previous half a dozen Premier League games, but have only lost twice on the road since mid-December. City are resurgent under manager Francesco Guidolin, and boast a fantastic head-to-head record against Arsenal in the English top-flight.
Swansea vs Arsenal (since their 2011 promotion)
(10/9/11) Arsenal 1-0 Swansea City
(15/1/12) Swansea City 3-2 Arsenal
(1/12/12) Arsenal 0-2 Swansea City
(16/3/13) Swansea City 0-2 Arsenal
(28/9/13) Swansea City 1-2 Arsenal
(25/3/14) Arsenal 2-2 Swansea City
(9/11/14) Swansea City 2-1 Arsenal
(11/5/15) Arsenal 0-1 Swansea City
(31/10/15) Swansea City 0-3 Arsenal
Are Arsenal cracking under the pressure?
As shown, Swansea have actually won more games in this fixture at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium than Wenger’s men have, so they won’t be phased travelling to London on Wednesday night. Currently 16th in the Premier League, Swansea are still very much in a relegation-battle, which is sure to bring out their fighting spirit. Their manager will have told them they stand a chance of a result against a wounded Arsenal, and a win tonight could see them six points clear of the bottom-three.
Arsenal haven’t been too convincing on home soil in the Premier League in recent weeks, suffering defeat to Chelsea and playing out a goalless stalemate against Southampton in two of their last three games at the Emirates, and the pressure on their shoulders could be too much to handle. The Gunners supporters could be impatient on Wednesday, while others could be venting their fury from their last league defeat. Swansea City are 8/1 to win against Arsenal, but can they deliver at the Emirates?