The lowdown on Arsenal’s next opponents: Swansea City

Written by Matthew Fallon

The Premier League is back after a two week international break and it sees Arsenal welcome Welsh side Swansea City. This is all you need to know about Arsenal’s Welsh opponents.

History

Swansea were founded in 1912 and joined the English football league in 1921. They were known as Swansea Town up until 1969 where they were renamed Swansea City. Swansea play their home matches at the Liberty Stadium after moving from their spiritual home of Vetch Field where they spent 57 years. Nicknamed “The Swans” Swansea were promoted to the premier league in 2011 where they have remained ever since and cemented their premier league status. Swansea’s first major trophy in England came in 2012-2013 where they beat Bradford City 5-0 to lift the League Cup.

The Manager

The game against Arsenal is American Bob Bradley’s first game in-charge of the Swans after being appointed as Swansea manager. After the club sacked Francesco Guidolin after only 259 days. Bradley, Aged 58, Has previously managed the US men’s national team, Egypt national team and French side Le Havre before joining the Swans on October 3rd.

Swansea’s season so far

Under the guidance of Francesco Guidolin, Swansea sit just above the relegation zone in 17th place on four points only above 18th place West Ham on goal difference (Swansea -6, West Ham -9). Swansea’s only win of the season came against Burnley on the opening day of the season with Leroy Fer’s late goal giving Swansea all three points at Turf Moor. Since then Swansea have only been able to grab one point which came in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea at the Liberty after Diego Costa’s late goal denying Swansea all three points.

Swansea’s Current Form (Last Five Games):

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Last Season’s Meetings

The first time Arsenal faced Swansea last season was at the Liberty stadium in October last year when Arsenal thrashed the Swans 3-0. Three second half goals from Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Joel Campbell separating the two sides.

The second time these two sides faced off was in early March with Swansea beating Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates. This was after going 1-0 down after 15 minutes through a Joel Campbell goal. But the Swans battled back with goals from Wayne Routledge and Ashley Williams either side of half-time ensuring Swansea left North London with all three points. This loss crushed Arsenal’s title chances as they went six points behind eventual champions Leicester City.

Predicted Line-Up

Fabianski, Rangel, Van Der Hoorn, Amat, Naughton, Fer, Britton, Cork, Routledge, Barrow, Sigurdsson

What are your predictions for this match? Let us know in the comments below!

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