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Arsenal’s starting XI for the game against Swansea (match preview).

FA Premiership: Saturday 1st December, Swansea (h)

Morning folks.

I remember the corresponding fixture against Swansea last season; we’d just come off the back of that dreadful thumping at Old Trafford, and doom and gloom had reached new highs. That day we managed to blunder to a 1-0 win thanks to an entirely fortuitous goal from Andrey Arshavin.

This season, things aren’t all that far removed. Mercifully, there hasn’t been any egregious defeats to pile on the misery, but things in the world of Arsenal are hardly peaches ‘n’ cream at present. A victory today is long overdue, and very much needed.

December provides us with a series of infinitely winnable fixtures. Arsenal are sure to make many mountains out of molehills on the way to earning points. If we can get a good points haul throughout the coming weeks, then we might just be sitting in a better position come the new year – or we might be at the point of storming the Emirates and ritually burning Sebastian Squillaci at the stake .

The team news today is good . Sagna, Podolski and Walcott have minor niggles, but all three should come through their respective late fitness tests with ease. Tomas Rosicky could return to the squad, but it’s unlikely he’ll be named amongst the substitutes. Koscielny joins Diaby on the treatment table.

My choice to start would be:

A lot has been made of Aaron Ramsey’s performances recently. I personally think he’s done okay, without ever being spectacular. The Boss may very well pick him again today, and play him on the right side of our attacking three – a position in which he slips back into midifeld. I think it’s a mistake to play him out of his preferred place on the pitch, and it contributes towards his displays; also giving ammunition to those who see fit to blame him for everything wrong that happens.

Aaron is a central midfielder. He’s better used there.

We should win today. However, if the recent home game against Fulham proved anything, it’s that we are capable of great unpredictability. Concentration and focus at the back coupled with attacking verve should see nothing but a delicious three points. If we go all ‘Arsenal’, then the scoreline could be anything. I’m going for a decent 3-0 win.

The comments are below. What are your views on the team and the match? Who would you pick to start? What are your predictions? Let me know.

Thanks for reading today, you beautiful bastards. I’ll be back tomorrow with a review, and hopefully some cheer and words of praise for the players.

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Arsenal vs Swansea odds.

Category: Match previews
  • MQ says:

    I give Arshavin a start? Going 4-nil Gunners come alive with a loud crowd support! Cheers dude!

    December 1, 2012 at 10:05 am
    • Fadibus says:

      Agree! Arshavin to play! Instead of podolski!!

      December 1, 2012 at 11:03 am

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  • sagir A Waziri says:

    Arsene wenger should leave Arsenal because he not ready to win trophy

    December 1, 2012 at 11:11 am
  • ola says:

    Let ashavin start, podoski front

    December 1, 2012 at 11:33 am
  • Mathias says:

    If Arsarvin must play podoski should start because he is stronger and can assist defensively, but for me podoski would have been better up front and asharvin replacing him. He would have improved better than now.

    December 1, 2012 at 11:34 am
  • offiong says:

    I’ve learnt ?? lower M?̶̲̥?y?̶̲̥? expectations of this team till I c some intent and hunger in d players ?? win and also I’m praying that wenger stops playing players out of positions and sends Aaron Ramsey on loan ?? sao paolo

    December 1, 2012 at 11:46 am
  • Greg says:

    I think its 33% chance of loss 33% chance of draw and 33% chance of win

    December 1, 2012 at 11:58 am
  • Tenadi Mareya says:

    Ramsey is a good midfielder although a lot of people always critise him. British born players starts playing soccer in acamedies being told what to do. They is no room of been stlyish and skilful like others players from different parts of the world. Hold the ball and pass. Its hard to appreciate those type of players if you did not play soccer before. My arguement is on Ramsey, he is a special member of the arsenal squad and reads his game properly. The problem now with arsenal is on defensive midfield. Arteta is a good passer not marker. The void was created by Song’s depature. Thats why we are conceeding goals.The team will struggle unless the manager rectifies this defensive midfield problem. Strikers are forced to defend too much and this is causing the strikeforce to be blund.

    December 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm
  • stevenfabregas says:

    Aaron ramsey should not play for arsenal again

    December 1, 2012 at 12:09 pm
  • Gio Todua says:

    play arshavin i think all agree to that

    December 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm

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