For the first time in his managerial career at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger named the same starting XI in the Premier League for the fourth consecutive game.
It clearly represents the manager’s happiness with our form and consistency, and rightly so considering we’ve won nine of our last 10 Premier League games.
However, injuries could force Wenger to delve into his wealth of talent in reserve following Aaron Ramsey’s injury against Hull City.
Former Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone delivered a nasty tackle (which was the first time he got close to any of our midfielders all evening) and has left Ramsey struggling for fitness in the build up to our match with Swansea City.
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“We have an uncertainty about him, he got a big knock on his fibula and we’ll see about that,” Wenger said about Ramsey (via Arsenal.com).
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Due to his unusual position on our right-hand side, there are a number of players capable of stepping in for the Welshman on Monday night.
4. Serge Gnabry
The German teenager would be a surprise inclusion, but after making a number of appearances for the U-21s, Gnabry is surely ready to be included in the first team squad.
He’ll have happy memories of facing Swansea City too, with his first Premier League goal coming against the Welsh outfit last season.
Gnabry has had a terrible time with a chronic knee problem, but there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel for our academy product.