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Premier League

  • January 15, 2012
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 20409

Premier League Preview: Swansea - Arsenal

As Arsene Wenger's side shapes up for its first ever Premier League appearance at the Liberty Stadium, it will again be hindered by a spate of long term injuries to defenders



Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Rangel
Dyer, Allen, Orlandi, Routledge
Graham, Sinclair

Djourou, Koscielny, Squillaci, Miquel
Arteta, Ramsey, Song
Walcott, Van Persie, Henry

Brendan Rodgers will be happy that he has an almost full squad to choose from. Michel Vorm, Joe Allen, Steven Caulker and Scott Sinclair will all probably be back after being rested against Barnsley in the FA Cup, while Gylfi Sigurdsson could get a full debut.

It is likely Rodgers will opt for the pace of Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer and Sinclair to take advantage of the makeshift Arsenal defense.

Also eligible to face the Gunners are two youngsters whose transfers recently received international clearance - former France youth international captain Darnel Situ, a defender, who joined from Lens and has been training with the Swans since August; and Rory Donnelly, a Northern Ireland Under-21 international striker who has arrived from Cliftonville. One or both could possibly make the bench.

For Arsenal, Thierry Henry is likely to come in for Gervinho, who is on international duty, as is Marouane Chamakh. Arsene Wenger continues to be without a host of defenders, including Thomas Vermaelen, Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson and Andre Santos, who are all injured. Another defender, Per Mertesacker, was suffering from sickness along with Tomas Rosicky, and both are doubts to face Swansea. Jack Wilshere remains sidelined.

  • Thierry Henry (pictured right) has scored against each of the last 34 teams which he has faced in the Premier League.
  • Arsenal has won its last three league games against Swansea by a one goal margin the first two coming in the 1982-83 season.
  • Andrey Arshavin’s freak winner against Swansea earlier in the season is the Russian’s only goal in the Premier League this season in 16 appearances.
  • Michel Vorm has the most clean sheets in the Premier League this season with nine, only Manchester United have more clean sheets but are shared between David De Gea and Anders Lindegaard.
  • Even though Swansea has an impressive clean sheet record it is also the side who has failed to score in a game the most times, being shut out nine times.
  • Swansea has only failed to win twice in the seven games in which it has taken the lead, drawing one and losing the other.
  • Swansea has the joint worst away form in the league, only taking six points on the road, but has lost only once at home - to Manchester United - so it will be happy to welcome Arsenal to the Liberty Stadium.
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