We have been in excellent form lately, and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Arsene Wenger named the same starting XI for the fourth game in a row against Hull City – the first time he had done so in his Arsenal career – and he is unlikely to make wholesale changes when we play host to Swansea City.
Here is our predicted lineup for our clash with Swansea:
GK) David Ospina
The Colombian has performed well since replacing Wojciech Szczesny, and hasn’t done anything that suggests he should be dropped.
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RB) Hector Bellerin
Bellerin has arguably replaced Mathieu Debuchy as our first choice right-back, so even when the Frenchman is back to full fitness he may struggle for football. The young Spaniard has been a revelation this season, and has certainly been the silver lining to Debuchy’s injury problems.
LB) Nacho Monreal
If the emergence of Bellerin has been a surprise, it’s nothing compared to the rise in stock his compatriot Nacho Monreal has experienced. Last season the left-back position was seen as a weak link when Kieran Gibbs was out injured (which was a lot), but Monreal has forced his way into the starting XI and doesn’t look like giving up his spot anytime soon.
CB) Per Mertesacker
The giant German gets a lot of criticism from pundits and fans, but when deployed alongside Laurent Koscielny he is a rock. He has been excellent for the most part this season, and although Gabriel Paulista looks promising, for the moment the Mert and Kosc axis is secure.
CB) Laurent Koscielny
The French centre-back is unquestionably one of the best centre-backs in the league, and we missed him badly when he was injured earlier in the season.