After suffering one of the most humiliating defeats in their recent history Arsenal will be looking to bounce back this weekend at home against goal-less Swansea City. With only one point from a possible nine so far it has been a tough start for Arsene Wenger’s men but they will have a fresh look about them on Saturday with the arrival of five new players in the transfer window to bolster their depleted squad.
The Gunners will be without Jenkinson after his sending off in the 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford while Alex Song and Gervinho are still serving suspensions for recent indiscretions but Emmanuel Frimpong will return after serving his ban. Jack Wilshere and Thomas Vermalelen are both long term causalities for the Gunners but both Theo Walcott who missed England’s game against Wales and Kieran Gibbs who recently returned to full training could play a part. Per Metersacker, Andre Santos, Park Chu-Young, Yossi Benayoun and Mikel Arteta – all signed in the final few days of the window – are also set to be in the squad. Metersacker and Santos are the two most likely to start while Arteta could also make his debut against the Welsh side.
Swansea are still yet to score a goal in the Premier League but have made a encouraging start to life in the Premier League. The 4-0 defeat away to Manchester City was followed up with two 0-0 draws against Wigan and Sunderland. Brendan Rogers kept the team unchanged for the draw against Sunderland and is likely to do the same for the Welsh side’s first trip to the Emirates Stadium. Captain Gary Monk will missed out again with a foot injury, whilst vice-captain Alan Tate has since suffered a broken leg on a golf course and is set to miss up to six months of action.
Arsenal need to recover from their Manchester United humiliation with a comfortable enough victory over spirited new-boys Swansea, who could in for another long day at the office after their recent game at Manchester City.
Mikel Arteta: Having finally achieved his dream of playing for a top side in the Premier League, the tricky Spaniard should make his debut on Saturday and it will be interesting how his flair and creativity impacts this new-look Arsenal side.
Michael Vorm: The goalkeeper, who was so impressive against Manchester City despite his side’s 4-0 defeat, will need to be in similar vein of form to prevent his team suffering another expected stuffing.
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