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

By on January 6, 2013

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Arsenal travel to Wales to take on Swansea City at The Liberty Stadium in the 3rd round of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.

No doubt we will all remember what happened the last time we met the Swans, with Michu bagging a double to secure a deserved 2-0 win at the Emirates last month, so boss Arsene Wenger will hopefully be using that result as motivation on Sunday.

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Not that the players should need any more motivation other than the chance to end our seven-year trophy drought and the only way to have a chance of winning the FA Cup for the first time since 2005 is to put in a performance this weekend.

After a run of four consecutive wins, we were back to our old ways against Southampton on Tuesday. It was a dreadful display and we barely deserved to escape with a 1-1 draw so we’ll need to improve drastically if we’re to have a chance of beating Swansea on Sunday.

Team News

Thankfully we have no fresh injury worries ahead of the game. Back-up goalkeeper Vito Mannone and midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong – who’s returned from his loan spell at Charlton – are both doubtful with illness but it was unlikely either would feature anyway.

Abou Diaby and Andre Santos are both back in training but are not expected to feature on Sunday as they lack match sharpness.

I hope Arsene doesn’t tinker with the team too much. The FA Cup is our only realistic chance for silverware left this season (sorry, but I just don’t see this squad being capable of winning the champions league!) so I’d like to see something like our strongest team put out.

While Theo has done well through the middle in recent games, I think Giroud deserves a game up top and his presence could be useful for this tricky away tie. The Ox has started a lot in recent weeks and could maybe do with a rest anyway so my choice would be to bring Giroud in for Chamberlain and play Walcott on the right.

Santi Cazorla is another who looks like he could do with a break. With league games against Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool coming up as well as our Champions League double-header with Bayern Munich, he’s not going to have a chance to rest anytime soon so perhaps Arsene will decide this is his best opportunity to rest the Spaniard. If so, I’d like to see Tomas Rosicky come in and not Aaron Ramsey.

There is a chance Swansea boss Michael Laudrup may opt to rest a few key men as he may have one eye on their Capital One Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Wednesday. Michu and Angel Rangel were both doubts for their last game on New Years Day and although they both played, Laudrup may decide to rest them if their not 100% fit.

Danny Graham is expected to start up top after scoring in his last two games.

Likely Line-ups

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Predictions

Despite the fact the Swans have beaten us on the previous two occasions we’ve played each other, I just can’t bring myself to accept a scenario where we’d crash out the FA Cup in the 3rd round. It hasn’t happened since 1996 and I don’t think this will be the year we break the cycle. Arsene HAS to take the FA Cup seriously and really go for it this year, starting at the Liberty on Sunday. Swansea 1-2 Arsenal COYG!

What would your starting line-up be and whats your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section below.

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19 Comments

  1. Izuchukkwu Okosi

    January 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

    My first priority this past week was to see which player comes through the door at Arsenal. For the FA Cup game, I see a draw

  2. Dominic epale

    January 6, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Arsenal2 swancity 0

    • Kanu

      January 6, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Opposite ARS 0=3 SWAN

  3. Boscogee

    January 6, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Go arsenal. Go. Yes we can do it.its time to end trophyless season.

    • Kunle

      January 6, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Sorry to say,we cant end trophyless season,if wenger doesnt stop emulating barca style of play,dis d epl nt la liga.in epl d ball is played very fast nt slow play dat la liga do play.wenger just need to change d formation back to 4 4 2 formation dat won us many trophies at d highbury stadium.can any arsenal fans tell me since we moved to emirate stadium have we won any trophy.d reason is dat since wenger changed d formation to 4 3 3 we have been struggling to compete.

  4. houba

    January 6, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Winning is all I want,also new player in

  5. Kunle

    January 6, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Sorry to say,i see swansea defeating arsenal,if only wenger changes d tactics,formation and plays dis players at there suited positions they played in there previous clubs.fans keep on sayin wenger and board to buy players dis transfer,even if wenger buys or bring in playerS,it will still be the same poor performance unless wenger change back arsenal formation to 4 4 2 formation dat won us many trophies.d 4 3 3 formation wenger plays is nt working,instead during matches wenger should be able to change it bt plays it to d end.wenger lacks change of tactics and formation.Arsenal needs david moyes as coach,likes of ramsey,gervinho will never make d squad.lf it was mourinho taking over arsenal definitely ramsey,gervinho will nt make d squad.

  6. hilarioh ph.D

    January 6, 2013 at 10:39 am

    swansea is nt an easy team,nd they have taken advantage of us in our past 3 meetings,but all de same! I will give it 2 arsenal…..swan. 1 arsen. 2

  7. Onofiok Michael

    January 6, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Arsenal will beat Swansea 1-0 at Liberty stadium

  8. Yemmy Akinleye

    January 6, 2013 at 11:06 am

    With Arsenal this year, nothing no more comes τ̲̅ȍ me as a surprise. I’ve zeros M̶̲̥̅γ̲̣̣̥ mind. Let no team gives me high blood pressure. I’m a fan come Wђã† may.

  9. moyor

    January 6, 2013 at 11:11 am

    if sagna plays d same way he played last match n our defence wont stop conceding goals…i doubt our win!!!

  10. chukwu clinton

    January 6, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Arsenal has been doin bad lately bt I pray God helps us and pt a smile on our face wit. D f. A cup up gunners up gunners we mst rule

  11. titomengene

    January 6, 2013 at 11:12 am

    i see a win today if he use d right players…..arsenal 2 swansea 1

  12. Adejoh

    January 6, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Bla bla

  13. Adejoh

    January 6, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Wenger is d 1 feelng d heat d most, u guys shld gif sombody’s fada heart attack. Dose who put him dere has completely dff tinkng 2 urs, lol!

  14. Ugo Aka

    January 6, 2013 at 11:53 am

    A. W should plzz…change. He is killing this great club of Us. Anyway i see Arsenal overcoming in dis game. Swansea 1-3 Arsenal.

  15. Achmed Jr.

    January 6, 2013 at 11:54 am

    we’ll beat the swans except we use 4-4-2 formation.
    cesny

    sagna per vermaelen gibbs

    ox wilshere arteta podo

    santi theo

    i don’t see us loosin game with squad like this! COYG!!

  16. charles

    January 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Ars 3 swan 1

  17. Michael

    January 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I don’t see arsenal as a serious team for now. Arsenal lose match they suppose to win and win match they suppose to lose. You can’t predict them. With the crop of players in arsenal now coupled with Wenger’s formation,no hope of winning any trophy.Even arsenal defeats Swansea today, they won’t go beyond the nexy round.Any club that has financial restrictions like arsenal will not go far in any competition because now money is the major factor in football all over the world. I forsee arsenal fan having another heart break.

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