Swansea stunned West Bromwich Albion in a midweek match with the surprising Premier League contenders and will attempt to carry that momentum into a clash with Arsenal. The Gunners earned a draw with Everton on Wednesday.
The Swans haven't garnered much attention in the early going, but they have managed to hold their own. They sit in eighth place, just one point behind Arsenal. Beating the Gunners would earn them some well-deserved attention.
Arsene Wenger's bunch will do everything in their power to ensure that doesn't happen. Theo Walcott gave them the lead less than a minute into their match with Everton, but it was the only goal the Gunners would score in the eventual draw.
Let's take a look at the important viewing information for Saturday's match, followed by a preview of the match and a prediction.
Where: Emirates Stadium in London, England
When: Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. ET
Watch: Fox Soccer Plus
Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go
Arsenal's last two matches are a perfect example of what's been going on all season. After scoring 20 goals over their previous six matches, the Gunners have found the net just once in the past two.
On the flip side, the defending has improved. During their six-game goal-scoring explosion, the Gunners also allowed 16 goals. They have given up only one since, good enough to earn them a couple draws.
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Wenger has been unable to strike the perfect balance. When the veteran manager places an emphasis on the attack, the defense breaks down. And when he flips the script to defending, his attacking players haven't been able to generate enough chances.
Due to that, Arsenal is in seventh place and five points behind the top four. The inconsistent results will continue until Wenger is able to find the right mix. He has to find a way for Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and company to be successful without sacrificing defense.
He'll continue to seek the right strategy against a balanced Swansea side. The Swans have been led by Michu and Wayne Routledge, who accounted for all three goals in the victory over West Brom. Both players have been in top form seemingly all season.
The key for Swansea will be controlling the match for the outset. On Wednesday, the Swans dominated possession and were able to get on the board within the first 10 minutes. That was enough of a spark to lead them to three points.
If they can do it again, they are going to give the Gunners some real problems. But Arsenal have been strong at home and should be able to avoid that fate. Expect a Gunners victory.
Prediction: Arsenal 2 Swansea 0