Swansea City vs. Arsenal: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
The Gunners are still fresh off their stellar, seven-goal performance against Newcastle just before the new year, and have since garnered a 1-1 draw against Southampton.
On the other hand, Swansea have had an impressive campaign so far this Premier League season as they currently sit in the top half of the standings. They also took down Arsenal in Emirates Stadium earlier this EPL season.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know for this battle.
Where: Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales
When: Sunday, Jan. 6 at 8:30 a.m.
Watch: FOX Soccer
Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go
What's at Stake?
The Gunners don't seem to be a legitimate contender to win the Premier League title, so perhaps their best realistic opportunity to win silverware is in the FA Cup. They've seemed to shore up their offensive woes and could be a real danger if they can advance.
But that's easier said than done against a tough Swansea squad that has given Arsenal fits in the EPL. That club is also improving and could make a run at the trophy.
What They're Saying
Though we're in the heat of the season, much talk around Arsenal has been about the new transfer window and how the Gunners can make a big move to get back in contention.
Here's what Arsene Wenger had to say about the expectations his fans have about bringing a top-flight player in (per ESPN FC).
"It is very difficult because the level of expectation is very high - people want to see Lionel Messi come in, they don't want to see a promising guy."
"First of all the name gives hope. When a guy has no name people are already sceptical, so it's much more difficult for us."
While Wenger's comments about bringing in someone of Messi's caliber are a little out in left field, he's spot on with the fact that Arsenal's next addition must be a name that resonates with fans.
Swansea City Player to Watch: Michu
It's been a coming-out season for Swansea City midfielder Michu.
The 26-year-old Spanish international has scored 13 goals this season in 20 starts, and has become one of England's best scorers. He has more than twice as many goals as the next highest goal-scorer on his squad (Wayne Routledge, 5).
Swansea lives and dies with Michu's performance. At midfield, he can impact the game in many more ways than simply scoring.
Look for him to give Arsenal's defenders fits as he is motivated by a lively crowd that will be giving Swansea the edge.
Arsenal Player to Watch: Theo Walcott
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott's future with the Gunners has been in limbo as the two sides continuously try to work out a deal but are far apart. But Walcott continues to help himself in that regard.
After needing to take more responsibility for the club's goal-scoring prowess, Walcott proved himself worthy with a hat trick performance in a 7-3 drubbing of Newcastle on New Year's.
That'll surely help him get in the good graces of Wenger, a feat that is easier said than done.
He'll need to continue to show his immense skill in order to give Arsenal any hope of winning silverware in 2013. With the way his year started off, the sky is the limit for Walcott, who seems to be just entering his prime.
Arsenal would be an easy bet against most inferior English squads, but recent history shows this one might not be as easy to predict as it seems on paper.
The Gunners struggled mightily the last time these two sides faced each other, as they were wiped out in a 2-0 defeat. That match was at home, nonetheless.
However, Arsenal have shown more promise in the past month and seem to be a much better club. But that doesn't mean they'll have an easy go of it in Wales, which will be a hostile environment.
I don't see either of these two sides reigning supreme Sunday.
Arsenal 1, Swansea City 1
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