Arsenal vs. Swansea: Complete Premier League Preview

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIINovember 29, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28:  Theo Walcott of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and  Arsenal at Goodison Park on November 28, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Arsenal and Swansea face off this Saturday in what should be an intriguing battle of teams with similar styles.

Only one point separates these sides in the Barclays Premier League table, and Swansea could overtake the Gunners with a win.

Both sides have eerily similar records in terms of wins, draws as well as losses, and there's also some similarity to their goals scored and goals conceded statistics.

The last time these teams met it was Swansea who picked up a famous 3-2 victory at home, after narrowly losing 1-0 at the Emirates earlier in the season. (h/t ESPN Soccernet)

Both these teams have new personnel but given their preference for attacking play these teams should provide an entertaining match.


Arsenal Team News

Arsenal escaped Goodison Park with a 1-1 draw on Wednesday and slipped down the league table in the process. (h/t ESPN Soccernet)

With that result the Gunners have now won one, drawn three and lost one of their last five Premier League games.

That record will have to improve with the upcoming hectic Christmas schedule and a home game gives the Gunners a slight advantage this weekend.

ESPN Soccernet revealed that Laurent Koscielny will be out for around three weeks after picking up an injury against Everton.

The return of Kieran Gibbs against the Toffees will ensure that blow is not entirely disastrous. 


Swansea Team News

Swansea was impressive in their 3-1 win over high-flying West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday. (h/t ESPN Soccernet) 

The Welsh side looks to be regaining some of their early season form and now has two wins and three draws in their last five games.

The Christmas schedule will provide two tough games for Swansea when they play Tottenham and Manchester United and an away point at the Emirates would be helpful.

Swansea's Spanish star Michu hit his second goal in three games after seemingly a slight poor run following his fantastic start to life in England.

Swansea has only picked up seven points from a possible 18 in away games so far.


Arsenal Expected Lineup - (4-2-3-1)

Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Arteta, Wilshere; Walcott, Cazorla, Podolski; Giroud


Swansea Expected Lineup - (4-2-3-1)

Tremmel; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Britton, Ki; Hernandez, De Guzman, Routledge; Michu