Attentions turn back to the Premier League on the weekend, after the top flight sides took their first (and some their only) bows in this year's Capital One Cup in midweek.
Holders Swansea were unable to launch a successful defence of the Cup after crashing out at Birmingham City 3-1, while Arsenal were taken to penalties at the Hawthorns, eventually triumphing over West Brom 4-3 to set up a tantalising fourth round tie with Chelsea.
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In the League, though, Swansea have had a steady start to the season and Michael Laudrup's side are a team with an often sublime passing game that are very difficult to break down, particularly when they've got the vocal support of the Liberty Stadium behind them. Back the Swans to win this one at 12/5 with Stan James.
The Gunners are top of the pile heading into the weekend, having responded to their opening-day shocker – when Aston Villa thumped them 3-1 at home – with four successive victories since. New star-man Mesut Ozil is proving to be worth every one of the £42.5m they splashed on him on deadline day, grabbing goal assists left, right and centre in his early appearances. He will no doubt be a key-man in this fixture, though odds have to be on Aaron Ramsey to bag yet another goal – the Welshman has managed 7 in all competitions so far this season. Back Ramsey for first-goalscorer with Winner at fantastic odds of 14/1.
When these two sides met in the League at the liberty Stadium last season, Arsenal ran away as comfortable 2-0 winners. However, perhaps don't read too much into that as Swansea had inflicted the same scoreline on the Gunners in the reverse fixture at the Emirates, courtesy of a Michu brace. The Spaniard would be a good alternative tip to open the scoring – at 7/1 with 188Bet.
Bitter North London rivals Tottenham are only below Arsenal on goal difference heading into the weekend, but with Spurs facing a tough home game in the early kick-off against fellow Londoners Chelsea, who sit two points back on 10, Arsenal will be hoping to kick-off their match at Swansea knowing that a win will open up a bit of early breathing space on their top-four rivals.
2-2 Final Score @ 15/1 (Bet Victor)
Aaron Ramsey for First Goalscorer @ 14/1 (Winner)
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By Mike Kennedy