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Arsenal - Swansea Preview: Gunners look for return to winning ways against in-form Swans

Arsenal - Swansea Preview: Gunners look for return to winning ways against in-form Swans

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The Welsh side travel to the Emirates on a high after their 3-1 demolition of West Brom last time out, but face the north London club who are 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 rated as serious doubts after picking up knocks in the 1-1 draw with Everton in midweek.

Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson should come into the defence 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 their impressive display against the Baggies.

Neil Taylor, Michel Vorm and Darnel Situ remain out with long-term injuries.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Arsenal are on a four-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, but their victory during the streak came against Tottenham in the north London derby in their 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 have won 71% of the games Aaron Ramsey has started, compared to just 40% 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 are 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 their academy system and making his debut for the club in a Champions League match against Olympiakos in 2009.

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Last Five Matches
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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
35Francis CoquelinMidfielder
12Olivier GiroudStriker
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
4ChicoDefender
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
33Ben DaviesDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
5MichuMidfielder
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
20Jonathan De GuzmánMidfielder
4Sung-Yong KiMidfielder
9Itay ShechterStriker
13David CornellGoalkeeper
21Dwight TiendalliDefender
26Kemy AgustienMidfielder
29Ashley RichardsMidfielder
8Luke MooreStriker
41Rory DonnellyStriker
Players to Watch
Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
It took the England international just 51 seconds to find the net in Arsenal's last game, against Everton, and has managed to hit a rich vein of form despite speculation surrounding his future at the Emirates. He will be crucial to the Gunners’ attacking play if they are to take a victory here and climb back towards the Champions League places.
Michu
Michu
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 5
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Michu is widely regarded as one of the bargains of the season having already scored eight goals in the Premier League, and costing Swansea just £2 million from Rayo Vallencano. The attacker could be a real handful for a Gunners defence that is depleted by injury and, perhaps, low on confidence having failed to keep a clean sheet against Everton last time out.
Prediction
Swansea have once again wowed the Premier League with their attractive brand of football, and present a very stern test for Arsenal on their home ground. However, the Gunners should have just enough to overcome the Welsh side’s threat and take three points at the Emirates.
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