It has been all too familiar, losing heavily to a title rival away from home, play tentatively and cautiously the next game and get our shape back (United home, Chelsea home). But that shouldn’t be the case when the Swans make the trip from Wales to the Capital. The title is out of our hands but let’s give it a go, the pressure’s off and that may suit us. The response to setbacks is the base on which our title challenge has been built this season.
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It’s fair to say that the last two months haven’t exactly been smooth sailing, we have had a rocky and a bumpy ride and come out of it scarred. Koscielny is out and young right back Hector Bellerin has been drafted into the squad. Both Gibbs and Chamberlain are available for the game after the Stamford Bridge fiasco. Ramsey and Ozil are still out and Kallstrom, who was on the bench against Chelsea may make his debut for Arsenal. The Swans won at the Emirates last season courtesy of two goals from Michu. Arsenal must start the game on the front foot and if we can get our passing rhythm and maintain a high tempo, teams can’t live with it(Napoli home, Bayern home first 15 mins). This is our game in hand and a win would atleast keep us mathematically in touch with the top. Sanogo may start and given Giroud’s pathetic performance it ain’t a bad idea. 3 points and no injuries please.
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The Welsh club have problems of their mine, they are caught in the relegation mire and their form it has to said has been horrible for the last year or so. The Europa league has taken a toll on them and staying in the league is their utmost priority this season. Injuries and boardroom politics has seriously affected their on pitch performances. Swansea and Arsenal played out a dull first half in the reverse fixture, the first goal is so important and on the break we can hurt them. The Swansea despite all their problems have always given the Gunners a tough game and they will be looking to capitalize on our fragility. The Welsh side have won only one of their last six fixtures and are languishing in 15th place. Last year they were basking on the league cup success and now in a relegation dogfight, what a difference a year makes.
MAN TO WATCH
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That says it all.
Swansea- Wilfried Bony
The Ivorian has taken the goalscoring mantle from Michu this season. Bony has led from the front and he is capable of the spectacular. His physical presence will cause Arsenal all sort of problems and hopefully he doesn’t do a Drogba.
You never know with Arsenal but our record against the lesser teams has been phenomenal this season, lets not give up without a fight, live to die another day Arsenal. COYG