Arsenal go into this match on the back of a great win against Leeds United last weekend where Arsenal legend Thierry Henry completed a fairytale comeback by netting the winner to put the gunners through to the next round of the FA Cup. The gunners find themselves this weekend against opposition in the bottom half of the table with anything less then three points and victory sure to be considered a disappointment.
The gunners find themselves short on personnel, particularly at the full-back position with Coquelin the next player to join the injury list. Wenger will be glad that Djourou has served his suspension and is available for selection and is sure to start at right-back. With Vermaelen, Santos and Gibbs still out with injury, yound Spaniard Ignasi Miquel is virtually the only option remaining to start at left-back.
What is more cause for concern is who will be paired up in the centre of defence. Wenger revealed that German Per Mertesacker was absent from training this week due to illness and we won’t know whether he is available for selection until just before the match. No doubt the much improved French defender Laurent Koscielny will be the other player in the centre of defence.
In terms of offence, while Wenger had hinted of Henry starting the match at wing I feel he is still short of match fitness and will feature off the bench much like he did against Leeds. With the absence of Chamakh and Gervinho due to international duty, the front trio is likely to consist of Walcott on the right, Arshavin on the left and Van Persie spearheading the attack after being rested last weekend. Midfield will remain the same as last week.
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on the team news…
Djourou’s suspension is over so he is back. Apart from that, nobody is coming back from injury. We have the same squad available apart from Marouane Chamakh, who has gone to the African Cup of Nations and Gervinho as well. Robin van Persie is back in the squad and so is Thierry Henry.
on Francis Coquelin…
He is out of three weeks. He will miss Sunday and Manchester United. There is possibility he will be back for the game after.
on Thomas Vermaelen…
We have a big hope that he will be back for Manchester United.
on Rosicky and Mertesacker…
They were sick. They have still not joined the squad and I will make a decision on them tomorrow.
Arsenal – Robin van Persie – The Dutchman should be fresh after having an extended break away from football and hopefully upon his return will continue the freakish form he was in in 2011.
Swansea – Michel Vorm – Granted the last time we played Swansea the Dutch keeper handed us the game, but recently he has been in unbelievable form. There is no doubt Arsenal will have there chances at goal, but Vorm could prove to be Swansea’s savour this time around.
Djourou Mertesacker Koscielny Miquel
Walcott Van Persie (c) Arshavin
Arsenal to win:
Paddypower & Bet365 are all offering odds of 4/5 for the Gunners to win at home.
Skybet and Paddypower also are offering the same odds at 13/5
Swansea to win:
Skybet are paying out 19/5 odds for Swansea to win at home.
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*Special bet facts:
There have been fewer goals scored at the Liberty Stadium than any other Premier League ground this season (16).
Swansea have kept six clean sheets at home this term and the four teams who have netted against them have only managed one goal.
The Gunners have kept just two clean sheets in their last 17 Premier League away games.
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