Arsenal travel to Swansea this weekend in what will be a very demanding and difficult tie for Arsene Wenger’s side who are looking to continue their incredible 11 away match wining streak with a trip to Wales.
Many of the Gunners first choice players were rested in mid-week in their Capital One Cup victory over West Bromwich Albion, so you can expect to see a similar lineup that faced Stoke last weekend.
There is some minor doubt over the availability of Aaron Ramsey who is suffering a minor thigh problem, but Wenger seemed positive over his involvement, similarly Flamini should be fit too. Mikel Arteta and Nicklas Bendnter will be available after positive run outs in midweek against West Brom providing more depth and options from the bench.
With Walcott out injured for up to five weeks, Serge Gnabry could look forward to more starts however Wenger suggested he may use an alternative option out wide on Saturday as the German completed the full 120 minutes on Wednesday night with one eye on Tuesday’s UCL match.
Despite the Frenchman’s hint of resting Gnabry, he may have little choice but to play the 18-year-old so we have included him in the probable lineup.
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Another alternative starting lineup could include Arteta in place of the in-doubt Ramsey while Ryo could slot in for Gnabry on the right wing or even Bendtner (if worst comes to worst..). Another midfield combination could see Arteta and Flamini partner in front of the defence and push Ramsey out wide, however with Wilshere probably playing on the left again interchanging with Özil, the Gunners would lack width which would be an issue.
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