Swansea vs Arsenal: Team News, Likely line-up & Predicted Score
Arsenal travel to Wales to take on Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, here we give team news and provide a likely line-up and predicted score for the game
Arsenal travel to Wales to take on Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday looking to get back to winning ways in the League after a late 2-1 loss to Fulham last time out.
This will be a tough game for the Gunners as Swansea give very little away at home. Only Manchester United have collected all three points against them at the Liberty, so make no mistake this will be difficult for us despite Swansea being one of the promoted sides.
Arsene Wenger is due to give his press conference shortly, so he may have some surprise news for us regarding injuries. But for the purposes of this match preview, i’ll go on the information we have at hand.
All eyes will be on whether Thierry Henry starts this one following his sensational match winning goal against Leeds on Monday. I personally think Arsene Wenger will leave him on the bench and continue with Arshavin on the left, but i would love to see Thierry given a start.
Wenger should be able to call upon the services of Johan Djourou, who returns after suspension. Djourou also had a slight groin injury but it looks like he’ll be fit to start. I wouldn’t normally hail the return of Djourou as a positive, such is his questionable form at right back, but needs must and we have very little options at the back.
Thomas Vermaelen and Kieran Gibbs could be back to face United next weekend, but are short for this match. Several players are still missing, although Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna could return within the next few weeks.
Marouanne Chamakh and Gervinho are now both away at the African Cup of Nations, while Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott and Per Meresacker should all return to the starting line-up. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put in another encouraging display against Leeds and i hope Arsene rewards him with a substitute appearance this weekend.
On paper Arsenal should walk past Swansea, but as we know football doesn’t work like that. The Swans are a tough side but they should be good opposition for Arsenal as they play good football on the floor, which should suit us and it’s for this reason i think we’ll sneak a win here. Swansea 1-2 Arsenal.
Please leave your thoughts on the game and your own predicted line-up or score in the comments section…
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