Last week was not good for Arsene Wenger’s side, who first ended up losing 2-0 in the Champions League to holders Barcelona on Tuesday night and later suffered a shocking 3-2
defeat to Manchester United at the weekend. The title challenge is slowly slipping away from the north London outfit’s grasp, as they get ready to Welcome Swansea City at the Emirates on Wednesday night. The Gunners, who are in third place at present with 51 points from 27 games, trail the league leaders Leicester City by 5 points at present and will face the Swans, who are currently in 16th place with 27 points to their name. In their last five games in all competitions, Arsenal have a couple of wins, a couple of losses and a draw while the visitors have just won once, with a couple of losses and draws.
In the last game matches between the two sides, both of them have won a couple of games each with one draw which means it could be a tough battle once again. The home side really need to get back to winning ways, if they wish to stay in the title race and the French manager would surely know that. The two teams will head into the game at the back of a defeat and will want to take three points from this one.
The hosts will have a total of five players missing from their squad, all of whom are midfielders. Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all out injured and will not be playing any part in the match. Cazorla and Wilshere are expected to return in March and could add some more options for Wenger to choose from.
Francesco Guidolin’s will have a slight advantage over their rivals in this department, as they do not have any players suffering any kind of injury problems at the moment. Everyone seems to be fit and ready to go for this one, which would be a huge boost for the travelling fans as well.
Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Coquelin, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck; Giroud.
Fabianski; Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor; Cork, Britton, Sung-Yong Ki, Sigurdsson; Ayew, Paloschi.
1. Ayew vs Monreal:
One man who can win Swansea the game will be Ghana international Andre Ayew, who can really score some quick goals if he gets going. The winger will be up against a tough opponent on the night, as he will face off against Nacho Monreal. The Arsenal left-back has been neat and tidy right through the season, though will once again want to put up a solid display for his side, who have lost their last couple of games.
2. Welbeck vs Taylor:
Danny Welbeck has already scored twice since his return to the team after being out injured for quite some time. He has been looking good and can be a huge threat for the opposition defence once again with Olivier Giroud not being able to fire still. The England international will be up against Neil Taylor, who will have a hard day in the office to keep the former Manchester United striker quiet, who is keen to once again earn a regular spot in Wenger’s starting eleven.
Arsenal 2-0 Swansea City
It is a home game for the Gunners and should end in a comfortable win for them, as they look to capitalize on Leicester City’s slip up against West Brom on Tuesday night.