Arsenal v Swansea Betting Preview – Gunners must come good tonight

Arsenal were far from being favourites when they hosted the Champions League winners Barcelona last week at the Emirates, but they performed admirably and due to a couple of lapses in concentration they lost 2-0 in the final 20 minutes.

Then at the weekend they went to Old Trafford, and due to the Gunners shocking the League leaders Leicester in their previous Premiership game they were made quite short favourites, but there is no way I would ever tip a team to win that hasn’t won at that venue for ten years in the Premiership. And it’s lucky I didn’t because they duly lost 3-2. I’m still not quite sure why everyone was so shocked by the result.

Arsenal open transfer talks over £15m Premier League star

Anyone who had not really been watching the Arsenal games all that closely this season and then watched us blow Aston Villa away in the FA cup final yesterday could have been forgiven for thinking that Arsene Wenger had finally seen sense on the defensive midfield situation and spent some big money in the summer or January transfer windows.

But as we know, Francis Coqwuelin was already an Arsenal player, it was just that he never played or did not impress on his rare chances. After a storming second half of the season, however, the Frenchman has become a fixture at the heart of our team and his performance at Wembley yesterday was even better than usual.

Should Arsenal take this free-scoring Premiership striker for 20m ?

Wilfried Bony could be on his way to Arsenal at the end of the season according to whispers emanating from North London. The Ivorian was signed by Michel Laudrup during the summer and he has impressed in his first season, making 47 appearances for the Welsh club and scoring 25 goals in all competitions. Arsene Wenger is in the market for a new striker and while the likes of Carlos Vela, Karim Benzema and Danny Welbeck have been mentioned, it is understood that he could opt for the powerful Swansea City striker.

Arsenal need Giroud and must not sell him this summer

There have been a fair few suggestions over the past couple of days that French international striker Olivier Giroud has been transfer listed by Arsenal Football Club in the last week. A string of bad performances over the course of this season has meant the club has apparently lost faith in him. There were also rumours that the move was because of his indiscretions in a hotel and his wife wanting to return to France.

Even Wenger is getting excited about Arsenal

Arsenal added to their record breaking run of away wins and an incredible run of form that has seen just 1 loss in the past 21 games overall. The Gunners haven’t seen a loss aside from Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, since March 2013, when we failed to get any points away to local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, so it was extra special that our win took us clear of the spuds yesterday.

Arsenal quoted a fair price for Ashley Williams?

Arsenal have been persistently linked with a lot of attackers this summer, most notably in Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain whom we seem set to sign in the coming week, whilst we’ve also been linked a lot with Wayne Rooney and Julio Cesar, both who are still very much in the papers, however one player who has gone off the record in the last few weeks is Swansea defender Ashley Williams.

Should Arsenal just forget about Williams?

Ashley Williams has been persistently linked with Arsenal over the last month, suggesting that there may be some real truth to the stories. Arsene Wenger is believed to be keen on the Welsh International but Swansea are reportedly quoting a value of £10 million, which I personally can’t see Wenger paying.

When it comes to Arsenal, £10 million is a lot of money and I just cannot see the Gunner’s spending so much on a player that would ultimately play no more than a bench and squad rotation role at the club. I personally don’t rate Williams at all, and so I’m not sure what all the hype is about, but taking into account that a lot of people are very keen on him, then he must have that special something.

Laudrup thinks Arsenal were lucky to get three points

The Swansea manager Michael Laudrup was decidedly unimpressed with the football on display in the second half of yesterdays game against Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium, and thinks that the Gunners only took the points because of a “scrappy goal” that gave us the lead.

Admittedly Michu blew a couple of chances in the first half, but considering Alex Chamberlain also hit the bar twice I think we could consider it even stevens….

The Swans manager said in this mornings Premier League News: “I thought it would be a draw.”

Wenger needs to talk to Hoffenheim for young star midfielder

The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking high and wide for talented midfielders, and the Frenchman has reportedly eyed one of Swansea’s most promising players this season, Gylfi Sigurdsson. The 22-year-old had an amazing season scoring 6 times in 11 games from midfield, but Arsenal’s will have to try and persuade his home club to let him go as he is only at loan at the Swans.

The midfielder is on loan from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, and according to him despite the intense interest he’s been getting there’s nothing he can do about the situation given his two years left of contract with the German side.

Rodgers – Swansea beat Arsenal at their own game

The Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has tried very hard to get his team playing the passing game made famous by Arsenal, and he is over the moon that his team of unknowns beat Arsenal’s stars at their own game.

In the first half, Swansea were so successful that they had over 65% of the possession, a figure very rarely seen against Arsenal and Rodgers couldn’t help but praise his players.

“It’s something we all inherently believe in and we’ve had success with it,” he said. “The players show great courage to pass the ball, sometimes we make mistakes but I’ve got a great belief they can play and pass, even against the best teams.