On a rain-soaked Sunday late last year, Swansea caught Arsenal cold in the midst of their worst run of form of the season. Garry Monk’s side produced a combative and intelligent display to overturn a one-goal deficit and compound the Gunners’ misery in what was an absolutely awful period.
The torrid weather was only matched by the monsoon of vitriol aimed at Arsene Wenger that followed with even the staunchest allies of the Frenchman calling for his head. They should have known better.
Now, on what looks set to be a cool, balmy, blissful evening in north London, it’s almost the complete antithesis of that early season nightmare.
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Arsenal have taken maximum points in their last ten fixtures save for Chelsea’s complete lack of adventure two weeks ago in north London, with another FA Cup final on the horizon.
Arsene Wenger’s side have qualified for the Champions League places with time to spare, a luxury compared to seasons gone by and if they manage to win their remaining three ties will end the season second – their highest finish in ten years.
Which is why we can expect yet another destructive display from the League’s form team on Monday night against a Swansea side who themselves harbour European ambition, if they can jump one place up the table.
Arsenal will be wary of a pesky-early season qualification spot for Champions League in late August and so a high a finish as possible is demanded, expect no parley offered with team selection the Gunners will be locked and loaded.
A definite enforced absentee will be Aaron Ramsey who is a big doubt after suffering a leg injury against Hull exactly a week ago.
Danny Welbeck is also expected to be missing with a knee knock but could be back for a trip down memory lane at Old Trafford next week.
Swansea, meanwhile, seek to do the double over Arsenal after completing the same feat against Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United.
It would have been easy for the Swans to struggle after shelling out Wilfried Bony in January, replacing him with the not always available Bafetimbi Gomis, but they’ve managed a club record haul of Premier League points this season.
Jordi Amat is out until the end of the season with a broken metatarsal whilst Nelson Oliveira is also missing with an ankle injury.
But Gomis could be back in line for a start after missing three games with a hamstring injury whilst Dwight Tiendalli and Jazz Richards, both back from loan spells, may also be involved.
The apprentice may have bettered the master in Wales, but expect Arsene Wenger to show Garry Monk there’s still a few lessons to be learned and life in the old dog yet tonight.