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Swansea vs. Arsenal - Predictions from 8,000 Players

Posted on Sep 28th, 2013 by Araz Heydariyehzadeh

After yet another player joined the Arsenal injury list last week Wenger's midfield looks decimated and our pundits have reflected this in a cautious but still confident backing of Arsenal.

Swansea's Chances
Swansea have had a tough start to the season. Consecutive losses to Manchester United and Tottenham in the opening games have left them with a mediocre points tally that betrays the quality of football they've played and misinforms about how good this side actually are.

Since those first two defeats the Swans have triumphed heroically in their Europa league tie against Valencia in Spain and remained undefeated in the Premier League, winning with clean sheets on two occasions. Had it not been for a couple of massive lapses in concentration, they might have seen their point against Liverpool turn in to all 3 as well.

We think Swansea's season is only just getting started, and they are a better side than the league table suggests. With the likes of Bony and Mihcu both finding form recently they are going to be a very tough challenge for Arsenal this weekend and we shouldn't read too much in to the midweek league cup defeat against lower league opposition. Many players were rested for that game and with the Europa League to contend for Swansea probably did themselves a favour exiting the competition.

Arsenal's Chances
The Gunners are top of the league and with good reason too. Mesut Ozil has had an astonishing start to the season. Despite a massive raft of injuries Arsenal have been unstoppable since the opening day defeat to Villa and will come in to this game in fine form.

Wenger's men are one of just two sides who have found goals easy to come by this season and with Giroud in firing they look very capable when going forward. The main issue now will be to see how Arsenal cope with yet another key injury, with Walcott likely to be out for close to a month Arsenal have now reached a stage where they don't have enough midfielders to field the 5 they would normally like to. Nacho Monreal is likely to be pushed in to midfield and Arsenal will really miss Walcott's pace and thrust down one side of the pitch. Even if Ramsey has been one of the best players in the league this season that lack of Walcott could be a big issue and mean Giroud will have to be at his clinical best as his side will likely need to make do with fewer chances in this game than they have had so far this season.

The defence has not been all that sturdy either and conceded a few sloppy goals leaving Arsenal with just one clean sheet. Arsenal are likely to need to score more than one against Swansea if they want to take all 3 points and whilst they are well capable of that, they will need to show their grit and grind out what will be a difficult result with so many on the treatment table.

Our Prediction
Walcott's injury is yet another massive blow for Wenger's side. Whilst Arsenal have coped staggeringly well with a long injury list all season, this one is crucial because it means Monreal is likely to have to play out of position in midfield and Arsenal will not have the same thrust that has been so threatening when they have attacked with pace this season so their ability to score past Swansea will be restrained at The Liberty Stadium.

Swansea are just starting to hit top gear and will pose a serious challenge to Arsenal. The Swans are an excellent footballing side who themselves have hit a rich vein of form and will ask plenty of questions to the Arsenal defence.

There could well be a flurry of goals in this game and whilst it may seem foolish to bet against a team playing well and sitting on top of the league we think Walcott's absence will be felt and Arsenal's attacks a little diminished as a result. Meanwhile Swansea will be at their best with key players coming in to form so we're going to go for a score draw.

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