Arsenal have a chance to overtake Chelsea with win over Swansea

Arsenal will be aiming to get back into the Premier League’s top four with victory over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, and bet365 make them 1.8 shots to  win a tough away tie.

The Gunners trail fourth-placed Chelsea by one point after losing 2-1 to Fulham in their last league start, but regained some confidence with a 1-0 win over Leeds in the FA Cup thanks to a magical goal from returning hero Thierry Henry.

Whether the on-loan Frenchman will make his first league start for the club in five years remains to be seen as Arsene Wenger can confirmed that Robin van Persie will be making the coach trip down to Wales.

The flying Dutchman has scored 17 of Arsenal’s 36 goals this season and since he has been rested Arsenal have looked to be lacking badly in front of goal.

But given that Swansea have a good home record and only one side – Manchester United – have managed to secure three points on their own patch this season he will surely be in the starting XI.

Chances for Arsenal are likely to be few and far between judge’s on Swansea’s performances in front of their own fans, and van Persie is the one player who can be relied upon to take an opportunity that presents itself.

He is a 4 shot with bet365Boylesports and Paddy Power to net the opener, and If anyone is going to break the deadlock for the Gunners it will surely be him once again.

bet365 also go 1.91 about him scoring anytime and I would suggest backing him in both markets to hopefully secure a profit if Arsenal do the business.

I think the Gunners will prove too strong for the Swans and grab a narrow vital victory.

For those that like to play in the correct score market I would suggest playing both 1-0 and 2-1.

Those scorelines can be backed at 7 with Betfred and 8.5 with bet365 respectively.

One Response to “Arsenal have a chance to overtake Chelsea with win over Swansea”

  1. GunnerBoss
    January 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    @This is why we MUST love GunnerBoss…..

    I remember when Andy wrote his “Why we love …..” series, I was miffed about the ‘Why we love Chamakh edition’ because he failed to see the guy was just basically scoring tap ins and the fact that he was fed from FABs, Nasri…No speed or shot accuracy(does he ever shoot?) etc. I would’ve preferred a “Why we love Song” instead at that point in time.

    Now, I’ve noticed a terrible Ramsey for the past 2 months…..and I mean VERY TERRIBLE. Against Swansea, one would’ve expected Ramsey to let the more experienced Israeli attacker do his work, but Ramsey made the midfield to practically fail because he often went in front of Benayoun thereby restricting his influence in the much needed service to the strikers. We know Songs assists are legendary these days, he never had the chances to come forward because the whole midfield was in his hands. This is where we are very lucky to have Arteta because he can play anywhere in midfield, not the Israeli and this is where Ramsey killed the team aside the fact that he cannot shoot or lay passes accurately. Ramsey was full of running in the first half and got tired in the second, indirectly causing goals against us. Why the manager REFUSED to take him off beats me completely.

    When we have such a potent attack (Henry & RVP do not need three chances to score), why cant we re-order the midfield to lay thru balls only? We do not have full-backs, but centre-halfs……why cant we play three in the centre and close the midfield OR we restructure to ensure Swansea CANNOT use the wings against us? Why did we have to take away Song from the midfield when we know he can surge forward and lay a crucial assist? Why couldn’t we replace Per Tree with Djourou, block the midfield(replace Ramsey with Rosicky) and put Walcott and Chamberlain on the right to torment their left side and peg them back? With Rosicky, Benayoun and Song in the centre of midfield, I believe we would have had that KILLER pass and we would have won that game.

    I never knew Ignasi could cross the ball so well, how we could not get him more often in that crossing position beats me. This takes us back to my (abuse?) at the manager for playing our beloved Santos in an utterly meaningless champions league match. Can we see that we have lost our best defender(Vermaelen) because he has been made to deputise at left back(1. exerting more energy than necessary, 2. he was supposed to be nutured back after the long term injury lay off) because of injuring Santos in that meaningless match? We have also lost another key man(Coquelin) in the defensive/central midfield position (who could have been an option in midfield) because we had to take him out to right/left back to cover for other injured personnel after loaning out Frimpong.

    The result is that we have completely limited our effectiveness as a unit because a lot of the people deployed are not used to their present positions or the people playing next to them. Secondly, the coach has completely been unable to fashion out a strategy to utilize the players he has into a workable pattern/formation, but keeps sticking to his preferred 4-3-3 formation in complete disrespect for the opposition even when we knew they are very strong at home.

    This is why we love? GunnerBoss…..

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