Arsenal - Swansea City Preview: Swans move onto part two of their North London adventure

After losing to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, the Jacks are at the Emirates on Wednesday evening.

Arsenal - Swansea City Preview: Swans move onto part two of their North London adventure
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After their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, Swansea City continue their tour of North London on Wednesday when they pay Arsenal a visit at the Emirates.

Previous meetings

Unlike their history against the Gunners' local rivals, Swansea actually have a good record against tomorrow's opponents and they have lost just one of their last four meetings with Arsene Wenger's side. That loss came in the reverse of this fixture in October in the form of a haunting 3-0 defeat on Halloween.

Last season, Swansea did the double over Arsenal, beating them 1-0 at the Emirates and 2-1 at the Liberty - with Bafetimbi Gomis the match-winner on both occasions.

Things have changed dramatically since then, both in terms of the Swans' fortunes and Gomis', but they do have a psychological advantage going into the game as Arsenal haven't beaten them at home in their last three attempts in the Premier League.

Arsenal were 3-0 victors in the reverse at the Liberty in October. | Photo: Paul Roberts
Arsenal were 3-0 victors in the reverse at the Liberty in October. | Photo: Paul Roberts

Recent form

As well as that, Arsenal haven't won any of their last three games, so have two ducks to break when they take to the field on Wednesday.

Their latest outing ended in a 3-2 defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Manchester United, whilst Barcelona overcame them this time last week after Championship side Hull City held them to a goalless draw in the FA Cup, starting their short but significant sticky spell.

Swansea's winless run is just one game longer, with them having to endure a dry February that brought about just two points from an available 12. They have taken the lead in three of their last four games, but have failed to hold onto it and leaked some sloppy goals to surrender points.

A win at the Emirates would get March off to a perfect start and boost their chances of survival, whilst dealing a big blow to Arsenal in their pursuit of a first league title since 2004.

Team news

Rotation is the word in the build up to this fixture, and indeed this round of midweek games in the Premier League. With almost everyone playing three games in the space of just seven or eight days, it's a key run of matches in which the personnel need to be fresh.

Arsenal are in a season-defining part of their campaign, with this their second week of what will be four with midweek games as they try to balance the Premier League, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

With the London derby against Spurs coming up on Saturday, Swansea could certainly benefit from the Gunners' tough schedule as one would expect this to be the game in which they rotate to avoid fatigue showing in that big lunchtime clash.

Wenger has hinted that Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez will be rested for this game, meaning Olivier Giroud could and should return to the line-up after being dropped on Sunday. The manager has no new injury concerns.

Swansea have a fully fit squad too, with Mo Barrow and Leroy Fer anticipated to make starts as Francesco Guidolin keeps the legs fresh.