EPL 2012-13: Arsenal vs Swansea City Preview

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EPL: Arsenal vs Swansea City Preview
London, Dec 1: After a few negative results, Arsenal bank on home advantage when they host Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Currently, seventh with 21 points, Gunners are facing their worst start to a Premier League season since 1994. Arsene Wenger's side have failed to perform at home, winning only three of the last nine league games.

Swansea are currently in-form following their 3-1 win over West Brom Albion last time out. The Welsh side have not lost in their last five games and could go above Arsenal with victory at the Emirates.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are facing injury problems with Theo Walcott facing a fitness battle with his ankle while right-back Bacary Sagna is doubtful with a foot injury. Winger Lukas Podolski is down with a virus while defender Laurent Koscielny is sidelined with a thigh strain.

Swansea will miss in-form Spanish winger Pablo Hernandez after he suffered a thigh injury in the 3-1 win over West Brom. Centre-back Chico Flores is available despite a shoulder injury but Danny Graham is set to be rested.


*Swansea last won at Arsenal nearly 20 years ago back in February 1982.

*This is Arsenal's worst Premier League start since 1994.

*Swansea have won all games after scoring first this season, a record held by only Manchester United.

Probable Lineups:

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny-Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs-Arteta, Ramsey-Walcott, Cazorla, Podolski-Giroud.

Swansea City (4-5-1): Tremmel-Rangel, Williams, Chico, Davies-Britton, Ki, Dyer, De Guzman, Routledge-Michu.

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