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  • 16 March 2013
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  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
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Swansea City - Arsenal Preview: Hosts look to make it three wins on the trot against Gunners

After a spirited performance against Bayern Munich, Arsene Wenger will be keen to keep pace with fourth-placed Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification


Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup will be without defender Chico Flores (ankle) and Kemy Agustien (thigh) for the clash with Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium.

Midfielder Leon Britton is expected to be fit after missing Saturday's defeat to West Brom with a hip injury, while striker Luke Moore should also make the squad after a calf problem.

Defender Neil Taylor (ankle) made a first appearance since September when appearing in a Under-21s clash in midweek but this game may come to early for the Welshman.

Arsene Wenger will be without Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Bacary Sagna (knee) until at least the end of March, whilst Lukas Podolski (ankle) missed the midweek win in Munich and may once again be unavailable.

Nacho Monreal returns to the first-team squad after being ineligable for the club's Champions League campaign and could replace Kieran Gibbs at left-back. Lukas Fabianski should retain the No.1 shirt, with Wenger claiming that regular first-choice Wojciech Szczesny is suffering from "mental fatigue".

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Swansea City and Arsenal have met each other three times already this season (once in the league, twice in the FA Cup), with one win apiece and one draw.
  • The Swans have beaten Arsenal in their last two Premier League meetings, their last double over Arsenal coming in the 1981-82 season.
  • Swansea have won their last three home games on the bounce.
  • Laudrup's men have scored four goals against Arsenal this season, with Michu bagging three of them.
  • Arsenal have lost two of their last three away matches in the Premier League.
  • If only second-half results counted, the Gunners would be top of the Premier League table with 54 points.
  • Olivier Giroud's (pictured right) third-minute goal against Bayern Munich ended a personal scoring drought of 497 minutes.

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Available Squads
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
33Ben DaviesDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
5MichuMidfielder
-Pablo HernándezMidfielder
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
33Jonathan De GuzmánMidfielder
24Sung-Yong KiMidfielder
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
27Kyle BartleyDefender
21Dwight TiendalliDefender
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
25Roland LamahMidfielder
9Itay ShechterStriker
8Luke MooreStriker
21Lukasz FabianskiGoalkeeper
4Per MertesackerDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
17MonrealDefender
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
24A. DiabyMidfielder
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
12Olivier GiroudStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
5Thomas VermaelenDefender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
35Francis CoquelinMidfielder
27GervinhoStriker
Players to Watch
Jonathan De Guzmán
Jonathan De Guzmán
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 33
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Michael Laudrup spoke recently of his desire to keep the Villarreal man beyond the end of this season-long loan spell and the 25-year-old will be keen to impress in the club's final nine games of the campaign - especially against the likes of Arsenal.
Lukasz Fabianski
Lukasz Fabianski
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The second-choice goalkeeper has been afforded a chance to impress after Wojciech Szczesny was withdrawn with "mental fatigue". Offered a resolute display against Bayern Munich in midweek and will have to be at his best again for a trip to a team with a good record against Arsenal.
Prediction
Arsenal will no doubt be buoyed by their performance against Bayern Munich on Wednesday as they look for three valuable points to ensure that they can play in the Champions League next season. They will also be desperate for revenge after the Swans defeated them at the Emirates Stadium earlier this campaign.

Swansea's season is all but over, with the Capital One Cup and European qualification in the bag, and they may be subconsciously ready hit the beach early, which should count in favour of the visitors.
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