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  • December 1, 2012
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  • • Emirates Stadium, London
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Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Swansea

The Welsh side travels to the Emirates on a high after its 3-1 demolition of West Brom last time out but face the North London club that is looking to move back up the table.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ARSENAL

Szczesny
Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs
Arteta, Ramsey
Walcott, Wilshere, Cazorla
Giroud

SWANSEA

Tremmel
Rangel, Williams, Chico, Davies
Dyer, Britton, Ki, Hernandez
Routledge
Michu


Arsenal defenders Laurent Koscielny (thigh) and Bacary Sagna (foot) are both considered serious doubts after picking up knocks in the mid-week 1-1 draw with Everton. Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson should come into the defense as replacements for the pair.

Otherwise, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has no new injury worries, with Andre Santos, Abou Diaby and Lukasz Fabianski suffering from long-term problems.

Swansea striker Danny Graham’s recovery from illness should be nearly complete, so he may make the bench for this clash having missed the win against West Brom.

Swans manager Michael Laudrup has no fresh injury or suspension problems, so may choose an unchanged team after an impressive display against the Baggies. Neil Taylor, Michel Vorm and Darnel Situ remain out with long-term injuries.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Arsenal is on a four-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, but the victory during the streak came against Tottenham in the North London derby in the Gunners' last home game.
  • Theo Walcott’s goal against Everton was the 100th in Premier League history to be scored inside the first minute.
  • Since August 2011, Arsenal has won 71 percent of the games Aaron Ramsey has started, compared to just 40 percent when he has not.
  • Last season, both teams took home victories in the two corresponding league fixtures, with Arsenal winning 1-0 at the Emirates thanks to a goal from Andriy Arshavin.
  • Swansea is currently on a five-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, managing two victories and three draws in those games including points against Chelsea and Liverpool.
  • After his double against West Brom, Wayne Routledge (pictured) has now scored four goals in 14 league games this season, compared to just one in his previous 127 games in the top flight.
  • Swans defender Kyle Bartley began his career at Arsenal, coming through the club's academy system and making his debut for the club in a Champions League match against Olympiakos in 2009.

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Available Squads
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
4Per MertesackerDefender
5Thomas VermaelenDefender
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
9Lukas PodolskiStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
27GervinhoStriker
25Vito MannoneGoalkeeper
18Sébastien SquillaciDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
22Francis CoquelinMidfielder
12Olivier GiroudStriker
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
4ChicoDefender
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
33Ben DaviesDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
9MichuMidfielder
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
20Jonathan De GuzmánMidfielder
4Sung-Yong KiMidfielder
9Itay ShechterStriker
13David CornellGoalkeeper
21Dwight TiendalliDefender
26Kemy AgustienMidfielder
29Ashley RichardsMidfielder
8Luke MooreStriker
41Rory DonnellyStriker

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