Arsenal once again find themselves in a difficult situation in the standings of England, and in 1/8 finals of CL. Made life difficult for themselves, which is not unusual. In the domestic championship lost to "Old Trafford" Manchester drained despite the fact that all the goals missed by Petr Cech, ridiculous. Wenger said that they are not mandatory and, in fact, he's right, in simple situations, the protection did not act very professionally.
In the Champions League played against Barcelona, where he made very good impression, but are unable to use your points, while your opponent did it twice. Now to hope for the passage meaningless, and it understands the mentor and certainly the players on the team. Although their ambitions may be enough and a draw in Catalonia, and possibly even to win, remember last year in the 1/8 with Monaco and formidable Bayern Munich. But, even if they do achieve such success, it is unlikely that it will be enough for passage to the next round, so it is better to save forces and to fully fight for the championship.
"Swansea" at the moment, the main disappointment of the English season, probably not only for me. After 27 rounds 27 points and 16 line in the tournament table, from the relegation zone separated by just three points. Do not think that the Welsh team will not face relegation this season, but at the start of the championship, many others had high hopes, and predicted at least fight for a zone of Euro cups.
During the season left the team's head coach Garry Monk for me so this resignation was premature, but the management did not consult with me and decided it was the right decision. Now the team is led by experienced Italian coach Francesco Guidolin, great victories he achieved, but his track record says 15 teams, Swansea 16th, he became the owner of the Cup of Italy, and the most important achievement of the coach is the Best Coach of Series A of 2010.
In the winter transfer window the team left Jonjo Shelvey, Matt Grimes, Nathan Dyer and Eder. Loss can be called only care Shelvey, because the young Englishman if the Monk was the main destructive force at the center of "Swansea", as he nicely interacted with Gilfi Sigurdsson in the build up attacks.
In this match Arsenal will act like an enraged bull, so as not to give to break away to Leicester and Tottenham. Moreover, I am sure that after 28 tour behind "gunners" not to be saved, and will be reduced. And for this, "Arsenal" is confident to beat the opponent in front of their fans.
picks: H1 (-1.5)