Premier League preview: Arsenal vs. Swansea City

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  • Bradley makes PL coaching debut for Swans
  • Gunners have kept a clean sheet in four straight games
  • Swansea is winless in its last six league matches 

Arsenal host Swansea City on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET, on CNBC and online via NBCSports.com) as the Bob Bradley era begins for the Swans.

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Arsene Wenger and the Gunners have gone on a five-match win streak in the Premier League, giving 17th place Swansea all it can think about ahead of Saturday’s clash. While Arsenal continues to battle the injury bug, most notably with Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey, the Gunners will have to make do with a side that still boasts tremendous talent.

If Arsenal can make it six in a row against the Swans then the Gunners could be in line for the top spot in England by the end of the weekend.

The Swans have had good success against Arsenal over their last five meetings, with Swansea winning three of those contests. While Bradley is clearly tasked with getting the Swans off and running after a very poor start, the American must also make a strong impression against a side that his predecessors had had great success against.

The absences of Fernando Llorente and Jefferson Montero create quite the dilemma for the new manager. If Bradley can pull off a result without two of his key attacking figures then there will surely be some buzz from the Swans supporters.

What they’re saying

Wenger on Bradley’s debut in England: “Bob Bradley has a lot of experience. He’s not a beginner, he has travelled a lot and has accumulated experience in the United States. He has been in Egypt, France recently and is now in England [i.e. English football], which is certainly a fantastic opportunity for him. It’s also good for the Premier League – to have an American here will create even more interest for the Premier League in the United States. He is equipped to deal with what is asked of him.”

Bradley on changes at Swansea: “Whenever there’s a change, at any club, it’s a fresh start for everybody. You can see that on certain faces, that’s clear. Even at a time in a season when it’s been difficult, when there’s been managerial change, you see enthusiasm and a certain amount of excitement. That doesn’t automatically mean because you’ve changed some things everything’s going to come together right away. But it’s a start.”

Prediction

All eyes will be on Bob Bradley as he makes his coaching debut in England, however, the matchup is quite unfavorable for the American and the Swans. Even with Arsenal battling several key injuries, the Gunners are the better side and playing the match at home will only make Bradley’s first game all the more challenging. The Swans will surely give it their all under their new manager, but it won’t be enough. Arsenal 3-1 Swansea