So the rumours earlier this week about Aaron Ramsey suffering an thigh injury were not far off of the truth. Both he and Mathieu Flamini face late fitness tests ahead of tonights fixture. Both were training with the squad yesterday so it doesn’t look all bad.
Cazorla, Diaby, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Sanogo and Walcott are all missing through injury and this match comes just a few days too early for Tomas Rosicky but as said yesterday, he resumes training on Monday and could be ready in time for Napoli in the Champions League.
Gnabry should continue to fill the void left by Theo Walcott, as long as Wednesdays victory over WBA didn’t take too much from his body having played the full 120 minutes.
Despite limping off in midweek, Mikel Arteta is fit to play.
I would imagine that we’ll see the same starting eleven which faced Stoke City last weekend at The Emirates and brushed them aside 3-1.
Today though will see a much tougher test.
Swansea are going through a purple patch. Having lost their first two league games they’re now on a run of three unbeaten and have had a very good victory over Valencia in Europe. They are struggling to win in front of their own fans though having gone seven home games without a win in the league but don’t let that record fool anyone, both Manchester United and Liverpool has been two of their opponents this season.
Arsene Wenger is clearly a huge admirer of Michu, suggesting he plays ‘like a Bergkamp’ – positionally, not ability but he’s a good player regardless and a very good finisher as we found out last season so our midfield and defence need to be at the top of their game.
Don’t let him get the ball, then he can’t hurt us. Same can be said of their new summer signing Bony, another good player who could harm us, in fact Swansea have a few good dangerous players.
We too are on a good run, a very good one in fact, apart from the opening day blip, we are unbeaten both home and away and we’ve had a great result in Europe too, albeit the Champions League!
Seriously, it’s great to see yet another once great player for Arsenal return and be part of the squad in training. Shame Sir Bobby is not twenty years younger eh….
Back to tonight, we need to keep our good run going, play like we have been of late and we should do too.
As said before, Swansea will be no pushover and they have a manager who likes his side to play football the right way.
With the way they play and the way we do too it should make for a great game of football. One in which whoever takes their chances, and I think there will be many, will be the winners.
We have enough to make sure that’s us….