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Arsenal’s defeat against Chelsea wasn’t a huge surprise when you consider that Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil were all missing from proceedings, although nobody could have imagined that the scoreline would finish 6-0.
Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge quickly descended into nightmare material, with the Gunners now looking to bounce back at the Emirates and a victory would move them to within four points of the league leaders with seven games to play.
Sky Bet free bet are prepared to quote 4/9 about Wenger’s team producing a winning performance after their mauling at the Bridge, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to miss the match after the midfielder stayed on the pitch at the weekend instead of receiving the red card that Kieran Gibbs received.
The odds about Arsenal do look a touch skinny considering the absentees and the fact that Swansea are no mugs, having been narrowly beaten at Anfield and Goodison Park in recent away games, while Garry Monk’s side are scrapping for their lives near the foot of the table.
Since beating Cardiff at the start of February, Monk has not tasted victory as the caretaker replacement of Michael Laudrup and it’s not worth backing the 7/1 about the visitors winning this match although 18/5 about the draw looks far more interesting than the Arsenal price.
Wilfried Bony is a sharp shooter for the Welsh side and Michu might be risked from the start of the game, with the Spaniard having been used sparingly as a sub since returning from a long-term injury.
Michu scored two late goals to claim the points at the Emirates a couple of seasons ago and there is every chance we might see the visitors get something from this match.
PREDICTION: Arsenal 1 Swansea City 1