Swansea boss Garry Monk will doubtless have had one eye on the television this week as Arsenal limped out of the League Cup away at Sheffield Wednesday.
Monk’s Swans welcome the Gunners to the Liberty Stadium this weekend, and the London side head to Wales with the possibility of eight first-team players missing from the squad.
Arsene Wenger was already without six players before Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both hobbled off with injuries at Hillsborough on Tuesday night.
It remains to be seen how long the pair are out for, but it will have been the last thing Wenger needs ahead of a trip to south-west Wales which has proven tricky in recent years.
It’s somewhat surprising that of the two managers, it isn’t the Arsenal boss who has experience of winning the League Cup, with Monk a regular in Swansea’s successful 2012-2013 cup run.
This time around the Swans departed the League Cup in the third round to Hull, but Monk’s side have no major injury concerns and are an eye-catching 7/2 to win at home to the Gunners this weekend for the second successive season.
Arsenal actually lost both head-to-heads last season, and of the eight meetings between the teams since Swansea’s promotion to the Premier League in 2011, it’s Monk’s men who have the slight edge with four wins to Arsenal’s three.
Swansea will also be buoyed by their performance last time out at Villa Park. Goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and a late Andre Ayew strike downed Aston Villa in what turned out to be Tim Sherwood’s last hurrah as boss of the Birmingham club.
The win ended a run of five games in the league without a victory, and the Welshmen will be fully prepared to take on an Arsenal side hoping to bounce back from defeat with a weakened side.
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