Two teams floundering near the foot of the Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon, with Arsenal having conceded ten goals in their past two matches to leave the Gunners hovering above the relegation zone.
It is hard to guess what sort of performance Arsene Wenger’s team are going to produce, with the manager having barely had the chance to speak with his squad before most of them went on international duty and there will be new faces when everyone congregates for training on Thursday.
Arsenal are 4/11 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to win this game and these might seem like very generous odds come the final whistle, although we are talking about a team that effectively gave up at Old Trafford a fortnight ago which led to an 8-2 thrashing which could have seen Manchester United record a double-figure tally.
The strange thing about that game was that the north London side still carried a goalscoring threat every time they went forward and Robin Van Persie will fancy his chances of finding the net after scoring four goals for the Netherlands in their Euro 2012 match against San Marino.
The Dutchman is 7/2 (Coral – £30 free bets) to break the deadlock and 8/11 to be on the scoresheet at any time, with Wenger likely to consider giving Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun their debuts against the Swans as the team look to start their season in earnest.
The Welsh side arrive at the Emirates having held Manchester City at Eastlands for an hour before consecutive goalless draws at the Liberty Stadium against Wigan and Sunderland. Perhaps it is not a bad time to be playing this fixture and Brendan Rodgers’ side are 9/1 to ensure that it gets worse for Arsenal before it gets better.