Garry Monk
Garry Monk is plotting his third straight victory over Arsenal since taking over as boss of Swansea CityGetty

Swansea City host Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (31 October) with the Gunners looking to put their midweek League Cup loss behind them.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 3pm GMT. Live TV coverage of the game will be available on Setanta Sports 1.

Overview

After a blistering start to the Premier League, Swansea City have gone off the boil a bit in recent weeks. Garry Monk's team have won just one of their last six games, but got back to winning ways against Aston Villa in their previous league encounter, amid question marks over the manager's long-term future at the club.

Monk has a fully fit squad ahead of the game unlike their opponents Arsenal, who are mired in injury troubles. Moreover, Arsene Wenger has never beaten the Englishman since his appointment as the south Wales club's manager.

Arsenal
Arsenal are without eight first-team players for their trip to the Liberty Stadium on SaturdayGetty

Meanwhile, the north London club are coming into the game on the back of a disappointing loss to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup. But the Gunners are currently on a good run in the Premier League and are tied with pacesetters Manchester City at the top of the table.

Wenger will be keen to put the midweek loss as a one-off and get on with their main focus that is the league. The manager will recall the likes of Alexis, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Laurent Koscielny, all of whom missed the midweek clash, and hope to continue their good run, which has seen them lose just one game in their last nine.

The Gunners are going through a major injury crisis, with eight first team stars missing, and Theo Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain being the latest casualties during the League Cup loss.

The French manager will hope that the team he has at his disposal can give him his first win over the Liberty Stadium outfit since Monk's arrival.

Betting Odds (By 888Sport.com)

  • Arsenal Win: 3/4
  • Draw: 3
  • Swansea Win: 39/10

What Managers Say

Gary Monk: "We have played against them differently in all the games we've played against them. The home game here we went on the attack, played an open game and scored goals at the right time and showed character to come back. Down there we did change it tactically but we've achieved those results on different merits and different ways of playing."

Arsene Wenger: "Every game is a big challenge. First of all, because it's very tight at the top, but also because of the quality of the teams you face. You always need to be at your best."

Team News

Swansea

  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor; Shelvey, Ki; Montero, Sigurdsson, Ayew; Gomis.

Arsenal

  • Injured: Ramsey (hamstring), Wilshere (fibia), Rosicky (knee), Welbeck (knee), Walcott (calf), Chamberlain (hamstring), Arteta (ankle), Ospina (shoulder)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Coquelin; Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud.