Preview: Swansea v Arsenal: Team News, Line-Up & Prediction

By on October 30, 2015
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Arsenal will look to put a difficult week behind us when we take on Swansea at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

Injuries have once again threatened to wreak our season with both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott joining an ever-growing list of players on the sidelines.

The duo suffered injuries during our 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night to compound what was a miserable night for the club.

However, we need to put it all behind us and concentrate on picking up a positive result in Wales tomorrow and to keep pace with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

Last weeks 2-1 win over Everton took us level on points at the top after City drew at Man Utd so we’re right in the title mix and it’s vital we can keep it that way until our injured players return.

We’ve also got a huge Champions League game away to Bayern Munich on Wednesday to worry about, not to mention next weeks North London derby, but Arsene Wenger doesn’t have the luxury of resting or even rotating the team, so we’re pretty-much going to have to stick with the same eleven over the next three games.

Team News

So, as previously stated, Theo and The Ox are out and they join Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky and David Ospina on the sidelines.

It leaves the boss with limited options in midfield and attack but he’s hinted that Joel Campbell will be the man to fill in on the right-wing this weekend.

Arsene is set to recall a number of first team players after resting his key men in midweek so the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil all set to come back in.

Preferred Line-Up

With the exception of centre-back – where I’d pick Gabriel over Mertesacker – the only contentious decision is who starts on the right-wing. There are many ways the boss could change things up but to minimize the disruption to the teams balance, I’d go with Campbell.


Despite our mounting injury woes, we’re still able to field an eleven packed with quality and this side is more than capable of getting a win at Swansea. Hopefully we can get the job done early as we have very little to call upon in terms of ‘game-changers’ on the bench!  But I’m backing the boys to edge it 2-1.

Swansea 1-2 Arsenal


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