Arsenal are looking to give new Swansea manager Bob Bradley a rough introduction to life in the Premier League at the Emirates this afternoon.
The Gunners are in a fine run of domestic form and are, in all honesty, expected to pick up another three points against the Swans.
However, that was also the case last season, and a 2-1 win for the away side was a massive hammer blow to Arsenal’s title challenge. Wenger will also be mindful of the fact that his side haven’t beaten Swansea at home in any of their last four attempts in the league.
For today’s game, manager Arsene Wenger had already confirmed that Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud would sit this one out despite edging closer to fitness.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 15, 2016
Mesut Özil was substituted at half time for Germany in midweek but his assurance that he is fit have been met with a start, while Alexis Sánchez continues as the central forward.
Francis Coquelin returned to training this week, and has been named on the bench. Granit Xhaka partners Santi Cazorla in midfield once again.
Bob Bradley begins his tenure as Francesco Guidolin’s replacement with one of the toughest challenges he will face all season. To add to the pressure, Fernando Llorente and Jefferson Montero are out, while Nathan Dyer’s problems are longer term.
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) October 15, 2016
Bradley’s first starting lineup has little surprises (aside from naming Gylfi Sigurdsson as what will presumably be a false nine), as the American gets a feel for this squad and for the Premier League in general. He restores the four at the back (as Guidolin had been toying with three) and Modou Barrow starts.
Referee: Jon Moss
Arsenal: W W W W W
Swansea: D L L L L
Last Season: Arsenal 1 (Campbell) – Swansea 2 (Routledge, Williams)
Selected Match Odds: Arsenal 1/4 Draw 5/1 Swansea 11/1