Alexis and Ozil return: Swansea v Arsenal team news

Arsenal team news 2016

It’s Premier League action today as we face Swansea at the Liberty Stadium, looking for three important points.

After the FA Cup game against Preston there are some changes. Here’s the team Arsene Wenger has picked to do today’s job.

Swansea: Fabianski, Kingsley, Mawson, Fernandez, Naughton, Sigurdsson, Ki, Cork, Dyer, Routledge, Llorente

Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Fulton, Fer, Borja, McBurnie

Arsenal: Cech, Gabriel, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Iwobi, Alexis, Giroud

Subs: Ospina, Maitland-Niles, Holding, The Jeff, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck, Lucas

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Stringer Bell

would rather Sanchez up front and Lucas on right. Giroud on bench can be handfall coming on. I know he has scored recently but feel we have lost our fluency.

Kwame Ampadu Down

We weren’t fluent against Man City or Everton either. It’s an oversimplification to blame it on Giroud coming into the side.


Not an oversimplification. There’s no doubt that we have played our best football when Sanchez had played up front the season. It might have hit a couple bumps but even in our best seasons had some blips on the radar. Just seemed so awful this year because of Chelsea’s crazy record


Relly In this kind of form Giroud on the bench ?

You must be one of those fan that don’t rate giroud at all, he saved as several times in the last games and scored in very important games, also assisted.


i dont think theres anything wrong with what he said. we were playing our best football when we were playing with sanchez as the striker. him dropping off and others coming in to the space he vacated made our entire game unpredictable. best thing about that was alexis was only one amoung our goalscorers other than walcot and ozil. with giroud we can only play one way , it might be working for now because giroud is scoring goals , but once girouds form tails off arsenal will be very easy to stop.


Yes that may have been the best football up until the strategy got figured out and teams adjusted. Everyone complains when we did the same thing every game last season, though it was due mainly to lack of options, but now that we do and change our tactics it’s also something to complain about


The loss of fluency is also heavily linked with both Cazorla and Walcott.

Lord Bendnter

Well well well, hopefully Giroud simplified it there 37th


Has the result changed your perspective?

Bergy's big toe

Good line up and nice attacking options on the bench.
Just need to make sure we start the game at a high tempo


come on gunners.. i wish for a hattrick for sanchez for him to be top scorer…



Maasai Gooner

COYG hope the lads will not a slow start to the game.


Its an attacking selection. I hope someone works back to protect Gabriel. We shoukd have enough in us to see this one out.

David C

pretend we’re losing 3-0 to start the game and we’re at the 70 min mark already!!!!


Welbz, Lucas, and Ox off the bench – our back up plans look great!


Is Gibbs injured? Can’t even make the bench ahead of Maitland-Niles and The Jeff?

Tom Thumb

Welbeck looked sharp last week when he came on, hope he gets more game time today. COYG


Can’t wait to see Datguy play.


Strong team COYG!


Ramsey…. groan. Yes he scored last game but not convinced his partnership with xhaka works


Who would you have in his place? Not a lot of midfield options right now. I’m hoping that goal is the first of many.


True. Still groaning though


give that guy a break. since he started to play in the centre midfield against preston his whole game changed. its not just the goal , he was popping up in dangerous places and making the kind of runs that made him one of the best player in 2013/14 season.


The Jeff ? Blogs I wasn’t around maybe Facebook wasn’t either haha but back when I can see you calling you know who “The KIng”

yaya sanogo's wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube legs

They’re showing west ham v palace instead of us on sky. bunch of cunts. Just saw that Kane got a hat trick.. am i the only one that thinks he’s still a shit player??

Kane makes the runs, good finisher but his prone to bad decisions and awful form…overall he’s a Spud so of course he’s shit. If you are surrounded like shit…first you smell like it, then you look like it then finally you become it. Therefore, Kane = Shit

richard of York

In short, what do you think of H. Kane?


He’s good…for shit.

its must be. it is one thing to bash opponent because he is shit and it is entirely different thing to do that to a player as good as him. he might he a s*** player but he is good, no doubt about it


I think Giroud is a great player on sensational form but our game can become slow-paced, predictable and one-dimensional with him as a starter. He’s pretty much undropable right now for Wenger based on form, but I’m sure he’s bound to revert to Alexis on front once Walcott is fit – our movement with him occupying space vacated by Alexis makes us a handful and so unpredictable.


on another note why are we not trying with 3 man defence. i think our squad is best positioned to take advantage of this formation. 3 man midfield of xhaka(cazorla)-coquelin(elneny)-ramsey(iwobi) will give the ramsey xhaka their best positions and lets ramsey free. or we could try 3 man forward of chamberlein-alexis-walcot or two man striker partnership of giroud-alexis. literally the possibilitied are endless if we try it. only thing holding us back from trying this formation is ozil and wengers reluctance to try something new. its obvious we need some kind of change , maybe a formation change could make… Read more »

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Well done lads. Much more solid. But it is only what is expected.