Arsenal vs Swansea, The Emirates 1945 (GMT)
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Flamini, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Cazorla, Giroud
Subs: Podolski, Fabianski, Sanogo, Jenkinson, Kallstrom, Bellerin, Gnabry
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Taylor, Britton, Shelvey, de Guzman, Michu, Routledge, Bony
Subs: Amat, Hernandez, Dyer, Canas, Tremmel, Vazquez, Ben Davies
Oh Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal – when is this team going to come out of it’s 8 year stasis? Another spanking from a top team at the weekend proved to some that, while Arsenal remain a quality team, they just don’t frighten the big boys. When it comes to the crunch Arsenal seem to go missing.
Even Manchester United have taken four points off them this season – including their only win against a top 9 club.
We just think that they need a bit more graft to go with the craft – a bit more muscle to add to the hustle. We shall stop now. Bottom line, they need some players who can win ugly. It’s all about balance and Arsenal arguably don’t have enough.
But, hey, it’s not all bad. Arsenal have a jaw-dropping stadium and money to spend since they have sold off 80% of North London over the last 5 years as residential property.
Swansea need points to keep them safe. They look too good to go down but they won’t rest comfortably based on that cliche. You would imagine that Arsenal will take the points but Swansea aren’t going to lie down – an interesting and open game should follow.
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