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  • January 6, 2013
  • • 13:30
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: H. Webb
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Swansea - Arsenal Preview: Wenger looking for FA Cup revenge after league mauling from Swans

Swansea - Arsenal Preview: Wenger looking for FA Cup revenge after league mauling from Swans

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Michael Laudrup's team embarrassed the Gunners with a 2-0 Premier League victory at the Emirates in December, but the home side will have to be wary of an in-form Theo Walcott

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SWANSEA

Vorm
Rangel, Williams, Chico, Davies
Britton, De Guzman
Hernandez, Michu, Routledge
Graham

ARSENAL


Szczesny
Jenkinson, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs
Arteta, Wilshere
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski
Walcott


Swansea will have a fully fit squad to call on for the FA Cup clash against Arsenal except for Neil Taylor (fractured ankle), who will be out until at least May for the hosts.

Danny Graham is in line to continue up front after two goals in his last two Premier League games, despite hinting at the need for showdown talks with boss Michael Laudrup over his future at the club.

Lukasz Fabianski (ankle) should miss the game at the Liberty Stadium, but will be fit enough for the Premier League game against Manchester City next Sunday.

Both Abou Diaby (thigh) and Andre Santos (abdominal) have no set return date from injury for the Gunners.

Vito Mannone and Emmanuel Frimpong are both ill, and could miss the game for the visitors.

Marouane Chamakh may also be out of contention as he nears a January transfer to West Ham, while Carl Jenkinson could replace Bacary Sagna after the French full-back's poor performance against Southampton.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • This is the fourth FA Cup tie between the sides, but will be the first one since 1968. Swansea beat the Gunners in 1926 but lost the next two games.
  • The Swans have beaten Arsenal in the last two Premier League meetings - 2-0 at the Emirates in December, and 3-2 at the Liberty Stadium last January.
  • The last time Arsenal failed to qualify for the fourth round of the FA Cup was in 1996.
  • Swansea have won just four of their last 19 FA Cup games against teams in the same division, including three defeats in the past three years.
  • Michu (pictured, right) netted twice against the Gunners in the Premier League in December - the summer signing has 14 goals in 21 appearances this season.
  • Theo Walcott's hat-trick against Newcastle means he has 14 goals in 20 appearances this season, along with 10 assists.

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Available Squads
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
33Ben DaviesDefender
4ChicoDefender
21Dwight TiendalliDefender
27Kyle BartleyDefender
33Jonathan De GuzmánMidfielder
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
24Sung-Yong KiMidfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
9Danny GrahamStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
22Ángel RangelDefender
26Kemy AgustienMidfielder
5MichuMidfielder
-Pablo HernándezMidfielder
9Itay ShechterStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
4Per MertesackerDefender
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
12Olivier GiroudStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
-Damián MartínezGoalkeeper
11Andre SantosDefender
23Thomas VermaelenDefender
35Francis CoquelinMidfielder
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
9Lukas PodolskiStriker
Players to Watch
Danny Graham
Danny Graham
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The forward has endured a frustrating couple of months with injuries and a loss of form preventing him from building on an impressive haul of 12 Premier League goals last season. However, after netting two vital goals in his last two games against Fulham and Aston Villa, the 27-year-old is looking back to his best. While Michu has been in sensational scoring form for Brian Laudrup's side, Graham offers the manager another threat and could help take the goalscoring burden off of the Spaniard. With Graham and Michu in tandem, the Swans could be very dangerous indeed.
Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
All eyes will be on the contract rebel when he takes to the pitch at Liberty Stadium on Sunday. The 24-year-old is now free to talk to other clubs about a free move in the summer, and his glorious hat-trick against Newcastle will have done his bargaining powers the world of good. While no new deal has been agreed at the time of writing, Arsene Wenger continues to pick the player, and is being rewarded with the most prolific spell of Walcott's career. If he can turn in a similar performance to the one against the Magpies, Michael Laudrup's side will have a huge task on their hands.
Prediction
While Arsenal destroyed Newcastle 7-3 on 29 December, they then drew meekly 1-1 with Southampton on New Year’s Day. The Gunners endured an unpredictable December, with three defeats and four wins.

Swansea also lost twice but beat Arsenal 2-0 emphatically at the Emirates at the start of December, outplaying Arsene Wenger's side at their own slick passing game.

While Theo Walcott will no doubt be a threat to the hosts, Danny Graham and Michu are a stark threat for a defence that is still unsettled. It would be no surprise to see goals from either side leading to a replay at the Emirates.
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