Arsenal travel to bottom of the table Swansea for this weekend’s premier league clash.
Swansea will be playing Arsenal on the back of a very disappointing 2-0 loss to newly promoted Hull City. However, the Swans will be hoping their new signing Luciano Narsingh can bring some magic back into their play. Arsenal, on the other hand, look to pick up a vital three points after their abysmal first-half performance against Bournemouth.
With Francis Coquelin and Mohammad Elneny’s recent unavailability, Arsenal look light in midfield going into this game. However, with the recent return of Shkodran Mustafi and Danny Welbeck, Arsenal look strong in defence and attack. So let’s have a look at the predicted XI.
GK: Petr Cech
With David Ospina coming in for the game against Preston, Cech received a good rest. He’s kept clean sheets in recent games – with Bournemouth being an exception- and proved he can keep us in the game at times. Some fans have asked for David Ospina to be brought back into the Premier League games, but the 34-year-old looks nailed on to be brought back into the team.
With Jenkinson seemingly on his way out of the club, Bellerin out injured and Debuchy seemingly out in the footballing wilderness, Gabriel should take his place as Arsenal’s right-back today.
CB: Shkodran Mustafi
The German international returned from injury not too long ago and was handed the 90 mins at Preston. A few careless passes from him put the opposition in some dangerous positions, however, that can easily be overlooked with how well he’s been playing with Koscielny this season. We’ve seen at times Gabriel can be extremely rash, and with the massive price tag Mustafi has come with, it means he should be starting every week.
CB: Laurent Koscielny
One of the first names on the team sheet. His fine form continues on, and like every week he seems he just can’t be dropped. With his recent contract extension, things look like they are going in a good direction. With him receiving a nice rest last week, it’s almost certain the Frenchman starts.
LB: Nacho Monreal
Monreal featured against Preston and he’ll likely start again. It’s crucial to have a back four that has experience together, and that’s exactly what he brings. With Gibbs still injured and no other senior left back at the club, Nacho Monreal is nailed on for another start.
CDM: Granit Xhaka
Xhaka has improved week after week, except against Bournemouth. He lost the ball in dangerous positions and wasn’t as clean as usual with his tackling. With tackling and passing one of his strengths, it was concerning to see him perform like he did. With Arsenal being very light in midfield, he gets the start.
CM: Aaron Ramsey
We all know what he’s capable of, however recently he looks alot like just a “confidence player”. In the early parts of the game against Preston, Ramsey seemed sluggish on the ball and uninterested. In the second-half, a well-taken shot led to a goal and only then did we see the normal Aaron Ramsey. He started to play with confidence again, dominating play and making dangerous runs forward. Let’s hope that the confidence flows through this game as well. He gets the start.
RW: Lucas Perez
After some superb performances of late, Perez should get the start today. Iwobi is another consideration but the youngster seems like he needs a rest. Perez has shown some real quality for the Gunners and in combination with Giroud and Sanchez, Arsenal have a potent front three.
CAM: Mesut Özil
Özil hasn’t been involved in Arsenals last few games due to illness and the Arsenal fans will be hoping he’s brought back into the team. He was pictured training with the first-team, which could mean he’s ready to go. Ozil has shown several moments of brilliance this season and with him out of the team, Arsenal have definitely missed that creative spark.
LW: Alexis Sanchez
The Chilean received a rest last week and but should come back in today. Alexis was heavily involved in our goals against Bournemouth and he’ll be eager to continue that. With new contract talks ongoing, we can all hope it doesn’t affect his game and he continues to score vital goals for us. He gets the start in this game as well, because there’s no stopping him.
ST: Olivier Giroud
This man has been on fire the last few games. With goal after goal and contributing a few assists as well, Giroud has been vital for Arsenal of late. He was left out of the team during the start of the season, but when he got his opportunity he came through for us. With some outstanding late goals, Giroud has single-handedly kept Arsenals form from being even worse than it is right now. That right there tells you how crucial he has been.
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