Latest Team News – Arsenal VS Swansea Match Preview by AH
Arsenal will face Swansea City at the Emirates tomorrow for a FA Cup reply game after neither team managed to progress to the next round after 90 minutes at the Liberty Stadium 2 weeks ago.
Arsenal will once again find the Welsh opponents tough and this will be our 3rd meeting of the season, with Swansea beating us 2-0 in December before the 2-2 draw in this FA Cup competition 2 weeks back. I’d expect for both teams to put out strong starting lineups for this game, however Arsenal more so because realistically this is our last chance of winning a trophy this season. Wenger said we can still contend for the title this year but I think we all know we can write our chances off now, whilst the Champions League is never easy, so in reality this is our final chance of gaining a trophy this season.
Ahead of the game Wenger has given some team news;
“We have Koscielny suspended for tomorrow night and everybody else will be available. He will be replaced in the squad by Arshavin.”
“Arteta’s injury could be shorter than three weeks because it’s a minor calf strain. It’s a light grade one so it could be quicker than three weeks.”
“Rosicky is still out. He has a little calf problem. I wanted to involve him tomorrow night but it’s too short.”
And then finally the man who sems to have been missing for an eternity Lukasz Fabianski, who by the sounds of it seems to be staying with Arsenal until his contract ends in the summer.
“He’s the only one injured, along with Arteta now. He’s one more week away from full training I think”
I would like to think Wenger will put out a strong side, however due to fatigue and the Chelsea clash this weekend some key players will most likely be missing. I’d expect the starting lineup to be;
Jenkinson Mertesacker Vermaelen Santos
Arshavin Giroud Chamberlain
So not the strongest team going and if Swansea put out their normal starting XI then i wouldn’t expect too much but hopefully Wenger will know the importance of the game and the players will be up for it, in the end it is a chance of a trophy and surely that what they desperately want right now.