Date: 30th October 2015 at 9:56am
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Former Arsenal striker Paul Merson is confident that the Gunners can beat Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, as he does his usual predictions for Sky Sports.

Despite admitting that trips to the Swans are ‘hard’ for Arsenal, Merson sounds confident that we won’t see a repeat of last season’s come back victory, as Sanchez’s opener was cancelled out by a Sigurdsson free-kick, before Gomis came on to head home the winner.

Merson believes that the movement of Sanchez and Ozil will be too much for the Swans – who he says ‘aren’t setting things alight’, as they look for their first home win in 4.

Monk’s side must stop this pair especially. Sanchez is probably playing his best football since his move to Arsenal, while Ozil has already assisted a goal or scored one in every match they’ve won so far. (7 assists and 1 goal in 9 games).

‘One thing’s for sure, Arsenal won’t field the same side that played at Sheffield Wednesday! Trips to the Liberty Stadium are hard for Arsenal, but Swansea aren’t setting things alight and I don’t know how they’re going to live with the movement of Sanchez and Ozil. In the league, Arsenal are flying and they’ll continue that form on Saturday.’

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-3

Paul’s prediction could be correct if the Swans play in a similar fashion as they have done in recent games. They didn’t perform brilliantly at Aston Villa despite the win, and we’d all like to quickly forget the 1-0 defeat at home against Stoke City – which many fans have ranked as one of our worst Premier League performances – certainly our worst under Garry Monk.

Arsene Wenger’s side will want to bounce back from a shock mid-week 3-0 Cup defeat against Sheffield Wednesday and maintain their excellent start in the League, as they sit joint top of the table with Manchester City.

Failing to win would see the Swans go 4 home games without a victory for the first time under Garry Monk. The Swans boss can name an unchanged side as he has a full squad available, while Wenger will have to make at least 1 change from the one that beat Everton as Oxlade-Chamberlain is out injured. Despite 7 other senior players being unavailable, it shouldn’t affect his first team too much as he still has the likes of Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud and Cazorla available. Welsh international Aaron Ramsey is out injured though.

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WHAT DO WE THINK?

I’d like to think that the match will be a lot closer than Merson’s 3-1 prediction. But Arsenal are in excellent form and they must think that this season is their best chance in years of challenging for the title.

Therefore, they must win this game to keep up the momentum with Manchester City. I’m hopeful of a draw, and for Gomis to end his goal drought, but I’d bet on Arsenal edging it 2-1 unfortunately.

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