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

Arsenal welcome Swansea to the Emirates on Wednesday night for their FA Cup replay with both sides hoping to book a place in the fourth round. Here’s a preview.

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Arsenal welcome Swansea City to the Emirates on Wednesday night for their FA Cup replay with both sides hoping to book a place in the fourth round.

We came from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 with just minutes remaining in the first leg at the Liberty but allowed Danny Graham to equalise and force an un-wanted replay.

Many fans will tell you the FA Cup is our only realistic hope of a trophy this season, so it should be treated with the respect it deserves and I hope Arsene Wenger goes with a strong side tonight.

We know only too well the threat that Swansea pose and another performance like the one at the Emirates in our League fixture last month (when Swansea won 2-0) and it will soon be 8 years without a trophy for us.

We need to improve our home form and the crowd may have a role to play in that, but unfortunately it looks like the Emirates could only be half full tonight. There are still plenty of tickets available for the game and I’ve seen several people who have tickets say on Twitter that they’re not going. Let’s hope those who are in the stands make plenty of noise and back the team.

Team News

Arsenal will be without Laurent Koscielny after he was sent off against Man City on Sunday so Per Mertesacker is expected to come in and play alongside Thomas Vermaelen at the back. I don’t feel Vermaelen and Kos work as a pair and I think the team look more solid when it’s TV5 and the big German playing together, so hopefully they’ll put in a good display tonight.

Unfortunately Mikel Arteta is out for around three weeks with a calf problem so we’ve got a bit of a hole to fill. With  no new defensive midfielder signed (yet), Arsene Wenger will have to decide who to play alongside Jack Wilshere in midfield. I hope he goes with Francis Coquelin as Abou Diaby looked well off the pace on Sunday and it would be a big risk to play him again just 3 days later.

Santi Cazorla looks knackered and I hope he’s given a rest. With Thomas Rosicky out injured I’d like to see Chamberlain given a go in a more central position with Theo Walcott back on the right and Olivier Giroud up front. However, I’m not sure Arsene has the same idea and we may see a similar line-up to the one that faced City at the weekend.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is expected to make some changes for the game with his side on course to play nine games this month. Michu and captain Ashley Williams are two likely to be rested, with former Gunner Kyle Bartley expected to come in.


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Predicted Score

Swansea have an excellent recent record against us so we should know by now that we’ll have to be at our best to win the game. If the players turn up with the right attitude we should book our place in the fourth round to face Brighton, and I’m going to back the boys to do it. Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

What would your line-up be and what’s your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. Tope

    January 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Arsene Wenger is a foolish coach.

    • Charlie

      January 16, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Obviously false. He’s the second or third most successful coach in the Premiership era. Struggling a bit now admittedly but on a tight budget. Miserly maybe but not foolish.

      • jimbo - nigeria - afc expert

        January 16, 2013 at 3:35 pm

        you wrong charlie – he is fool


      • sachin

        January 16, 2013 at 7:36 pm

        board has already said that they have the funds but wenger doesnot buy so no issues of tight budget

    • jimbo - nigeria - afc expert

      January 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      yes man – seen

  2. Samedoo

    January 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I luv diz ur line up bt i don’t tink wenger will do de same and am optimistics dat arsenal will win 3-1 #GO GUNNERS!

  3. jimbo - nigeria - afc expert

    January 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    ba 7.5m, m’vila 7m, remy 8m and now capoue prob going to everton for 8m

    sort yer shit out man – all above wud make us better

    why we looking at 3m west ham player

    world class players please or go away and get pep in – idiot!

    jimbo – Nigeria – afc expert

    • Folorunsho femi

      January 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      At jimbo,guy big name does not do it anymore,see what michu is doing at just £2m,demba ba at free tranfer and compare with big name tores at£50m so now u see y we dont ned big name bro.

  4. Charlie

    January 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    That’s almost a first choice line-up and I think there will be more changes. Difficult to tell who because he’ll look at the condition of the players but playing 80 minutes with 10 men must’ve been tiring and Chelsea are coming up fast. I think Eisfeld might play and he might not look out of place. Gnabry looked like a good prospect too. It’s important to progress but it’s equally important to get at least a point against Chelsea. In fact the Chelsea game is probably more important.

  5. allan1340

    January 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Even we win or If we win i like se him out of my club. He is joker and his jokes make nobody laugh any more eveh the truth Wenger lover will not trust him anymore. There is only average player out there but the clubs buy them and win and what we do waiting for that small joker who think he can be king Henry hahahahah. and Oliver must sit on bench to please Theo and sigen the contract which he is not worth for that amount of money. Dream on if we can make even for 4th place. and thanks to Wenger as fans pay his fat pay check.

  6. Oguntoye Walex.

    January 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I’m ok wt d line up but is dis team dat is going 2fac B’MUNICH”?Asene Wenger open ur sangolohh!!!

  7. ernest asobo

    January 16, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Arsene Wenger is a foolish coach indeed. Which future does Arsenal hold???nothing good really. Training players and when they are ripe he sells.

  8. Shings

    January 16, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Wenger should know that we need quality bench to overcome our troubles, we sholdnt be struggling by this time,our players will get injured and tired and we may loose more matches.pls wenger go to the market

  9. olali telimoye

    January 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    D line-up is ok but wenger decisions sucks atimes. Just wish AW sign more players

  10. kevin cook

    January 16, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    he wont buy until walcotts sined new contract well anothe excuse not to buy. as walcotts future wont be decided until the closed season, and put money on walcott and sagna both being sold. to bring mor emoney into his coffers, go wenger now

  11. Skimol

    January 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Wenger is d stupidiest manager i av ever seen sellin quality player dont want to replace idiot wenger!!!

  12. bold moss

    January 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    wenger is a foolish coach

  13. Rick

    January 16, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Asene wenger s ntonly foolish butalso stupiiiid!!!!!! le him lev ur team.

  14. eriss

    January 16, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Would Wenga ever read through this lines?, its a waste of time because I’m pretty sure he won’t. Nasty!

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