Swansea City’s horrendous run of fixtures will continue as they travel to the Emirates to face an Arsenal side who are currently on a 5-match winning streak and are looking ominous indeed. Swansea, on the other hand, are on a dire run of form and have become the first club to sack their manager this season as they replaced Francesco Guidolin with Bob Bradley after only 7 matches of the season gone.
The American becomes the first from his country to become a manager in arguably the best league in the world. He will be faced with a challenge which will put all his learning till date to test and as things stand time is what he desperately needs, something which was not given to Francesco Guidolin, a tad unfairly.
Arsenal will be comfortably ahead as favourites when the two teams match up to each other but in recent seasons Swansea have established themselves as a bogey team to Arsenal and it is something which will play in the minds of the players of both sides.
Although his appointment has been received with a lot of scepticism from the fans, it will nonetheless be interesting to see whether Bob has some tricks up his sleeves when it comes to team selection. The Swans have looked light in front of goal and they need to figure out a way to score more goals.
T4O’s PREDICTED SWANSEA CITY LINE-UP VS ARSENAL
Fabianski has improved a lot since leaving Arsenal and will be in goal. Angel Rangel has been playing at right-back with Naughton at left-back. The two are likely to continue to fight for that slot in the near future.
Mike Van der Hoorn and Jordi Amat have been valiant in the central defensive area and will look to tighten up even more. Neil Taylor had surprisingly been demoted to the bench under Guidolin but he is likely to come back at left-back.
Leroy Fer and Britton can look to strike up a partnership in central midfield with Fer especially impressing since the start and is currently their leading scorer. Gylfi Sigurdsson can slot in on the left side of the midfield will look to cut inside onto his favoured right foot. Modou Barrow has been slightly inconsistent but if given a run on the right flank, he can blossom.
Fernando Llorente has a chance to be fit for the fixture and though it is a long shot, Bradley can look to let loose his two premium strikers up top.