After their derby decimation at Chelsea, three points are imperative for Arsenal when Swansea visit the Emirates.
Available to back at 1/2, there’s a suggestion that the 6-0 trouncing suffered at Stamford Bridge will have negative ramifications on their performance this evening and the Swans can be backed at 21/4 to capitalise, though they’d be almost as pleased with a 31/10-rated draw.
After shipping six at the Bridge, punters may not have much faith in the Gunners’ porous back four to stymie the south Wales side, but the stats say the 7/5 for a home win to nil is worth taking a risk on.
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This translates into £42 profit should the north Londoners outgun the stuttering Swans without conceding.
Just five of the previous 16 visitors to the Emirates have managed to breach the hosts’ defence.
This equates to 11 clean sheets in games spanning across three competitions, with the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United all incapable of putting the ball in Wojciech Szczesny’s net.
Nine of these shut outs accompanied home wins.
While Swansea do tend to score, they haven’t bested an opponent since Garry Monk’s inauguration to the dug out.
That was the inter-principality affair with Cardiff; they’ve endured eight winless encounters since and travel to the capital having lost four road games on the spin, shipping at least three in each.
Those to bet on the Gunners win to nil will have been celebrating in three of the past seven renewals between this pair.
This run includes two of the previous three meetings, with Ben Davies’ late strike preventing Arsenal recording a hat-trick of flawless victories over the Welsh club last time out.
It’s also worth noting that Lukasz Fabianski may be called upon to mind the net in light of Szczesny’s latest calamities – Wenger’s charges have prevailed in each of the previous four home games he’s started, winning half without conceding.