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Swansea Vs Arsenal – Match Preview

by on January 13, 2012

Mikel Arteta (Left) & Kemy Agustien (Right)

Arsenal take on Swansea on Sunday in the Premiership, after getting back to winning ways against Leeds on Monday evening defeating the Championship side in the F.A Cup. A second-half Thierry Henry goal was enough for the Gunners to seal their place in the fourth round of the F.A Cup. Arsenal are currently in fifth place in the Premiership and Swansea are impressing in twelfth place.

In the reverse fixture earlier on in the season between the sides at the Emirates, Arsenal won by an Andrei Arshavin goal after a mistake from Swansea’s Dutch goalkeeper Michel Vorm. Since making that mistake Vorm has shown some brilliant performances for the Welsh side this season. When the Gunners played Swansea earlier this season in September summer signings Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker and Yossi Benayoun all made their Arsenal débuts.

Swansea are very similar to Arsenal in the way they play football, the Welsh side are known to be a passing style team. Brendan Rodgers has done an excellent job so far at Swansea since becoming their manager in 2010. The Welsh side have the likes of Scott Sinclair, Danny Graham and Nathan Dyer who have impressed this season so far. Swansea have already been active in the January transfer window so far signing Hoffenheim midfielder Gylfi Sigurðsson on loan until the end of the season. They’ve also signed highly rated Irish striker Rory Donnelly from Irish side Cliftonville, they beat off interest from Liverpool to sign the nineteen year old.

Arsenal are in an injury crisis at the moment with Per Mertesacker and Tomáš Rosický both doubtful to be available for selection for the match on Sunday. The duo missed the F.A Cup match on Monday evening through illness and haven’t trained all week, Arsène Wenger said he hasn’t made a decision on the duo yet if they will be part of the match-day squad or not.

French U-21 midfielder Francis Coquelin limped off in the first-half against Leeds United on Monday with a hamstring injury and will miss the Swansea match. Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen is expected to return for the Gunners against Manchester United later this month. Arsenal full-backs Kieran Gibbs and Bacary Sagna are likely to be back by the end of the month. Former Charlton defender Carl Jenkinson had good news on his recent scan and can start training again, Jenkinson has been out with a stress fracture.

Brazilian attacking full-back André Santos is still a long-term injury for the North London side and could return in March. Arsène Wenger said earlier today at his press conference that England international Jack Wilshere is still expected to make his return next month. Arsenal’s number two goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański is still unavailable for the Gunners which meant reserve goalkeeper Emilio Martínez was on the bench against Leeds United on Monday evening.

Emmanuel Frimpong joined Premieship side Wolves earlier this month. Arsenal are without Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh because the duo are at the African Cup of Nations until February.

Swansea don’t find themselves with many injuries at the moment defender Alan Tate is out with a broken leg and Dutch midfielder Ferrie Bodde is unavailable because of a knee injury. The Welsh side have signed Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran on loan but the England U-21 player isn’t available for the Arsenal game.

Possible Arsenal team – Szczęsny, Miquel, Koscielny, Squillaci, Djourou, Song, Arteta, Ramsey, Arshavin,Walcott, Van Persie (C).

Bench – Almunia, Yennaris, Benayoun, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ryo, Park Chu-Young, Henry. (If Rosický and Mertesacker miss the game)

Possible Swansea team – Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Allen, Dyer, Sigurdsson, Sinclair, Graham.

The Henry factor – The former Arsenal captain rejoined the Gunners after he recently signed a short-term loan deal from MLS side New York Red Bulls. Arsenal’s record top goal scorer made his second début against Leeds United on Monday evening coming off the bench in the second-half. It took Henry ten minutes after coming on to score Arsenal’s only goal of the match. His goal was a typical Henry finish as well but I can’t see the former French international starting against Swansea. I expect Henry will be on the bench on Sunday but if he’s needed he will be a called upon.

My prediction for the match is a close game but Arsenal wining 2-1 just getting the three points. If Per Mertesacker doesn’t return for the Gunners then Arsenal’s defence could be in for some problems on Sunday. With Arsenal not having natural full-backs and having to play center-backs there Swansea will be looking to take advantage of it. With the pace of Sinclair and Dyer could be a real threat for Swansea. I think Van Persie and Arteta will score for the Gunners and Sinclair scoring for the Welsh side.

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2 Comments
  1. eshetu permalink

    i am sure arsenal will win this game. ars 3:0 swan

  2. Arsenal need to win most of their 2nd half season matches 2 finish top 4 .sunday game is a must win

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