Arsenal vs Swansea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on November 30, 2012

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Arsenal welcome Swansea City to the Emirates on Saturday afternoon looking to close the gap on the top-four.

We head into the game off the back of two draws away to Aston Villa and Everton, and currently sit seventh in the league – five points off fourth-placed West Brom – so victory on Saturday is vital to maintain our hopes of Champions League qualification.

Swansea are only a further point behind us after an impressive 3-1 win over WBA in midweek with Michael Laudrup beginning to stamp his own style on the Welsh side after replacing Brendan Rodgers in the summer.

Team News

Lukas Podolski should return after missing Wednesday’s draw with Everton with a virus. Bacary Sagna is a major doubt with a foot injury, so Carl Jenkinson is on stand-by to step in at right back.

Laurent Koscielny has been ruled out for three weeks with a thigh strain meaning Thomas Vermaelen will move into the middle alongside Per Mertesacker with Kieran Gibbs restored at left back.

Theo Walcott was carrying a knock against Everton but should be fit to start, and while I feel Arteta and Cazorla are in desperate need of a rest, we can’t take any chances this weekend and three points is vital. As we’ve already secured qualification, I would prefer to see them left out against Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Tomas Rosicky is back in full training and was on the bench against Everton, so perhaps he could make a substitute appearance before starting against the Greeks next week.

Andre Santos remains out with a stomach injury and joins Abou Diaby and Lukasz Fabianski on the treatment table.

Pablo Hernandez is a major doubt for the visitors after picking up a thigh injury, should he miss out Jonathan de Guzman is set to step in.

Swansea are hoping to have striker Danny Graham back after illness but he may have to make-do with a place on the bench. Neil Taylor, Michel Vorm and Darnel Situ remain out with long-term injuries.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Anything other than three points and i fear Arsene Wenger may be on the wrong end of some rough treatment from the Emirates faithful this weekend. Thankfully for the boss, I’m confident we can overcome a dangerous Swansea side. The back-four is beginning to look more solid and if we can start to click in the final third, we’ll have ‘our Arsenal back’. Arsenal 2-0 Swansea. COYG!

What would your team be and what’s your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section.

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26 Comments

  1. Abiola

    November 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I wish arsenal goodluck but i don’t want Aaron Ramsey to start the match on Saturday afternoon

  2. ola

    November 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Wenger shld pls leave Rammsey out of the starting eleven if he want to win the match. Arsenal 3 .0 swansea.

  3. Jamew

    November 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Arsenal can get all point if none of santos, ramsey or gervinho start.

  4. Hene Udeh

    November 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you very much Abiola. I think Rosicky should be given a start, he should play with Wilshere and Arteta in midfld! Giroud should b on d bench bcos he is nt fast enough for swansea. Walcott Podolski and chamb should be up front, they are all very fast players that can cause pressure in the Swansea defence. 1 major problem Arsenal have is d marking from the offensive half….I think marking should be done more in the offensive side, “the best way of defence is attacking”. If Wenger could listen to what I say, trust me we will beat Swansea from the 1st half! Up Gunners!!!!

  5. Femix

    November 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    It’s true that if RAMSY start the game Arsenal we loose the match, even if Rosicky is jst coming back is better than Ramsy in 100% times

  6. Femix

    November 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Please Mr Wengar try to introduce Rosick instead of Ramsy thank you

  7. sexyfab

    November 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    mr wenger i dnt kwn if ur old age is affectng ur reasoning pls better drop ramsey if u wsh 2 win ur match d guy ll neva come gud again 4get hm use ur lethal weapons.rosicky,cham,walcott,poldo pls drop dat mor da 4cker on d bench

  8. paul

    November 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    ramsey is not needed cos he puts pressure on the defence with his selfish and wrong passes, gervinho shud play when we are 3 goals up, i dont no wat 2 say abt giroud, vermaelin should be playd elsewhere xcept the CB cos he’s not defensive enough to clear rebounces like koscielny nd it cost us 1st goal against spurs nd almost against everton if not 4 gibs, u can try those young boys in midfield cos of their energy nd speed

  9. pascal

    November 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    If Aaron ramsy start gunners will not gonna win 100 percent sure

  10. jack

    November 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Swans to cause major upset Saturday 0-1 they are playing the football Arsenal fans are dreaming of !!! like yourselves we play great football but this season as Liverpool found out we are explosive on the break which could be Arsenals downfall !!! only time will tell eh. COME ON YOU SWANS !!!!!!!

    • Goonerboyo

      December 1, 2012 at 2:28 am

      Just back from he Swans forum at the London Welsh Centre.
      What a well run club, 25% owned by the supporters so no rich guy can buy the club out and make a profit and go.
      They play lovely football, buy in unknowns and spend less than other clubs. Now where have we heard this before. Swans are the new Arsenal. As a lifelong Gooner I warn BEWARE. this was our future.

  11. Toye

    November 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I wish our coach sees things the way bilions of people are seeing. Am sure the storbon goat will start that he goat called ram’s son, may be we should start praying for a long tym injury for him or a long tym ban that will last for 6 months.

  12. victor

    November 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    ramsey or no ramsey, i expect nothing short of victory in our game against swansea.

  13. tajudeen

    November 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    We sud start rosck 2moro, 4 us to win d match

  14. Sas

    November 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    If Mr Wenger want to win trouphy this season,he should relegate Ramsey to reserve team…3-1. Up Gunners.

  15. Sas

    November 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Remove Ramsey

  16. Kay

    November 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I dont know whats btw wenger and ramsey. Not just 2morrow macth, if he did not stop using ram, he will never play in CL again.

  17. man

    November 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Ramsey is a bad luck every day we start with him lost so pls drop him and use d right player.

  18. ed

    November 30, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Some stats:

    Since Feb 2012 – to Wednesdays game Vs Everton – Arsenal has won 21 matches, of those Aaron Ramsey has started 4 of the 21 only. 17/21 he did not start. (19% win rate with him, 81% win rate without him)

    Since Feb 2012 – to Wednesdays game Vs Everton – Arsenal has lost 8 matches, Ramsey has started 7 of the 8. The 1 game he didn’t start, he came on in the 8th Minute as a sub for Injured Arteta vs Wigan.

    Arsenal won all the 9 games Ramsey did not start from Feb to end of season in May.

  19. tata

    November 30, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    not being critical but i think Aaron needs a break from foot-ball. he was a very special player and think we need to remember that… from my point, arsenal is the most pressured F-B club in the world and its certainly not easy when the media gets on your back, just ask R. Manceni in a few days time

  20. s charms

    November 30, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Dnt knw wats cookin btw wenger nd ramsey…rams z. alwayz a mishap!..he’s beta on d bench!…if ramsy stays out..3 0 will b d 1st half margin!

    • Goonerboyo

      December 1, 2012 at 2:31 am

      GET OFF RAMSEY’s back. Give the boy a break. He is not to blame. You lot know nothing. Look at the club, the strategy, the lack of leadership. Idiots pick on Ramsey. Find another club!

  21. franklin

    December 1, 2012 at 5:42 am

    pls we want rosicky back to the sqaud pls.

  22. Kerry boy

    December 1, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Ramsey is a mumu 2gether wit d boss (wenger) there 2 are birds of d same feather. Without ramsey on d pitch mr w will be stab of dat tin. Arsenal board pls help give away ramsey 4 us, we don’t want him.

  23. Kerry boy

    December 1, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Ramsey is a mumu 2gether wit d boss (wenger) there 2 are birds of d same feather. Without ramsey on d pitch mr w will be stab of dat tin. Arsenal board pls help give away ramsey 4 us, we don’t want him ooh

  24. Gabby

    December 1, 2012 at 9:07 am

    wenger know’s we need three point in this match,so he knw what he ought to do.common gooners Ramsy or no Ramsy we can win this one.we can’t afford to lose this again.Arsenal til i lose my life.

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