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Premier League

  • September 10, 2011
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: S. Attwell
  • • Attendance: 60087

Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Swansea City

Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Swansea City

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The Gunners only have a draw to show for their efforts in the first three league games of their campaign, while the Swans have yet to open their goalscoring account.



Sagna, Mertersacker, Koscielny, Santos
Walcott, Ramsey, Frimpong, Arteta, Arshavin
Van Persie

Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor
Britton, Agustien,
Dyer, Routledge, Sinclair

Arsene Wenger has to deal with a host of injuries and suspensions this early in the season, with Thomas Vermaelen being ruled out of action for nearly two months following ankle surgery. He joins Sebastien Squillaci (calf), Kieran Gibbs (hamstring), Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby (both ankle) in the treatment room.

Bacary Sagna missed the humbling against Manchester United due to illness, and is expected to return for this fixture. Meanwhile, Gervinho, Carl Jenkinson and Alex Song are suspended for this game.

Gibbs' absence means that Andre Santos should make his debut for the club, while Per Mertesacker is also expected to line up in the back four. Mikel Artera will be expected to wear the Gunners' shirt for the first time.

Park Chu-Young is still new to the Premier League and would likely start from the bench for this one.

Brendan Rodgers does not have as many injury and suspension related problems as his counterpart, but will miss the services of Ferry Bodde (knee) and Alan Tate (broken leg).

Garry Monk was with the reserves after returning from a foot injury that kept him out of the club's preseason, and remains a doubt for the clash at the Emirates Stadium.


  • The two sides last played each other in the 1982-83 season, when Arsenal did the double over its opponent for this week. In both games the north London club won by a 2-1 scoreline.
  • But in the 1981-82 season it was the Swans which did the double over the Gunners by beating them 2-0 on both occasions.
  • This will be the first time that these two sides are playing each other since the inception of the Premier League.
  • The Gunners are the first club in the history of the Premier League to have had three players sent off in their first three games of the season.
  • They have also conceded 10 goals in their three league games, more than any other team in the top flight.
  • Swansea is still looking for its first goal of the season, having fired blanks against Manchester City, Wigan Athletic and Sunderland. But the last two games ended in goalless draws and the club is above Wenger's men in the standings.

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