Swansea plenty of value this weekend with fine Arsenal record


Last weekend’s win over Aston Villa was a major relief for Swansea and boss Garry Monk, with Gylfi Sigurdsson’s winner ending a run of six games without a victory.

Had they come away from Villa Park empty handed, a home fixture with Arsenal could have been a major headache for both club and manager, but with a boost in moral under their belts, the Swans can look forward to causing the Gunners a Halloween nightmare.

Since achieving promotion to the Premier League in 2011, Swansea have won four of their eight clashes with the north London side, including each of the last three meetings and are an appealing 15/4 to win again this weekend.

The home side represent fine value, with a double chance on Swansea and a Draw over evens at 11/10.

Monk didn’t spend big in the summer, despite the loss of Wilfried Bony to Manchester City in January, but he needn’t worry too much against the London side.

Bafetimbi Gomis flew out of the blocks this season with four goals in his opening four league games, but has felt the pinch of Swansea’s struggles in September and October.

The Senegalese striker hasn’t netted since August, but did punish Arsenal with a goal in both of Swansea’s victorious meetings last term.

A handy balance of pace, trickery and a physical presence are attributes Gomis possesses which should see him cause Arsenal’s backline endless problems on Saturday afternoon.

The former Lyon forward is 15/2 to score the opening goal – as he did in the most recent meeting back in May – and is the same price to bag the last goal, which he did in Arsenal’s last visit 12 months ago.

Swansea’s total of six goals at the Liberty Stadium isn’t headline grabbing, but they’ve netted against Arsenal in each of the last four meetings and you can get Gomis to beat Cech anytime at 5/2 with Ladbrokes.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.