As pdb noted in his match preview yesterday, a trip to Swansea isn't the easiest prospect on the seasonal list of fixtures, and, in fact, it's pretty significant as the rest of the potential Top Four teams orbit around the fiery red ball that is Chelsea. An Arsenal win today would vault them back into fourth place -- and, perhaps more importantly in the grand scheme of the 38-game race, just a point worse than Manchester City, who did not have a happy time at Loftus Road yesterday. Swansea's high enough in the table where they can vault Arsenal and get to fourth with a win, which would send Arsenal to sixth. If it's a draw, Arsenal gets to fourth on goal differential with, for reasons I don't quite understand, West Ham.
Additional bits of narrative today that are sure to be touched on by the broadcasting team: Did you know that Lukasz Fabianski used to mind the nets for Arsenal? Did you know that Aaron Ramsey is Welsh and so a trip to Swansea is a sort of homecoming? Did you know that Wilfried Bony is quite good at sweet, sweet goalmaking?
The fun starts at 11 am ET on NBCSN, and it's the last Premier League football for 13 days.
Lineups! (MerMon remains the center-back pairing, Ox joins Flamini in the double pivot. What could go wrong?)
Arsenal team to play Swansea: Szczesny, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Alexis, Cazorla, Welbeck— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 9, 2014