Swansea City have had a remarkable few years, and Arsene Wenger knows that Arsenal will need to put in a good performance to stop the Gunners becoming another positive in their recent results. Wenger is aware that Swansea will be in a buoyant and confident move after midweek victory over one of the Premier leagues other surprise packages, West Brom.
“They have bought intelligently and, of course, that gives them the basis they had last year, and the addition of the players they have bought in. That makes them dangerous.
“Of course, (Brendan Rodgers) has made the basis of what the club is today, and Michael Laudrup has added some players he knew from Spain, who are very good additions.
“They have Michu, Pablo Hernandez, De Guzman. These players, and keeping Britton, Rangel and the players at the back. They are a very dangerous side throughout and are having a good season. They are a complete unit, very creative, very technical and very mobile.”
They are also just a single point behind Arsenal in the Premier league table and are unbeaten in their last six games. They have also, however, lost to Aston Villa and Stoke City on the road in the league, and their home form seems much better than away. In their last two away games they only managed a draw with Southampton and a 2-1 win against a very poor Newcastle.
Arsenal should still be confident of beating Swansea, but it would be well to expect a hard game and get off to a fast start. If Sagna passes a late fitness test, we will have a strong back four and a strong attack. I assume that Podolski will return. The German was not even on the bench at Everton but has not been mentioned in the injuries, so I assume he was rested.
Wenger should be able to select his favoured line up in midfield of Arteta, Cazorla and Wilshere with Walcott on the other side of Giroud from Podolski. There should be no excuses for a poor showing. Come On You Gunners.