Arsenal FC will miss out on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the FA transfers Kieran Gibbs’ suspension to the midfielder, while Laurent Koscielny is the latest addition to the injury list.
Arsenal are coming into this game on the back of a humiliating defeat at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea, which has virtually ended their slim hopes of lifting the league title this season. Their inability to perform in big matches was once again highlighted as Arsene Wenger’s momentous day, of 1000 Premier League games in charge of the Gunners, ended in distraught.
The Frenchman will look for a response from his side against Swansea as they look to get back to winning ways before another big clash against Manchester City looming large on the horizon. But Wenger isn’t being helped by his side’s ever growing injury list and Laurent Koscielny was the latest addition to this list as the Frenchman seemed to have picked up a calf problem in the last game against Chelsea. Wenger confirmed his absence for the match against Swansea and stated that the extent of his injury will be revealed after he undergoes a scan on Monday.
“We have lost Laurent Koscielny for Tuesday’s game with a calf problem. I don’t know how long he will be out for. He has a scan today [Monday]. Everyone else should be available.” – The Arsenal manager said.
Arsenal are also hoping for a decision on the suspension of Kieran Gibbs, who was wrongly sent off against Chelsea as the referee wrongly showed him a red card after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cleared the ball off the line with his hands. The FA is expected to overturn the decision based on a case of “mistaken identity” and transfer the suspension to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – In which case the midfielder will be unavailable for selection against Swansea. Wenger also confirmed confirmed that Hector Bellerin will be part of the squad for this game.
“There is a question mark about Chamberlain. The situation over his suspension will be decided today. After that I will make a decision. At the moment he is in the squad. Right now only Koscielny is out of the squad and he has been replaced by Hector Bellerin. We expected Kieran Gibbs’ suspension to be overturned.” – Wenger added in his pre-match press conference.
There are also concerns about the fitness of Tomas Rosicky ahead of this game and he is unlikely to start. Kim Kallstrom, who was on the bench against Chelsea, for the first time since joining the Gunners in January, is yet to gain full match fitness as well. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey is still another week away from returning to action, and how desperately must Wenger be praying for his quick recovery. Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby, and Theo Walcott are the other long term injury concerns at the moment.
Wenger is expected to make three changes to the side that he fielded against Chelsea at the weekend. Thomas Vermaelen will replace the injured Laurent Koscielny in the center of the defence and young defender Hector Bellerin drafted in the squad for this game.
In the midfielder Mathieu Flamini will replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is expected to be unavailable for selection once the suspension is transferred from Kieran Gibbs. Serge Gnabry will also make a rare start in this game on the right as Tomas Rosicky drops down to the bench with fitness concerns.
Expected starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Szczesny (GK); Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Flamini, Arteta; Gnabry, Cazorla, Podolski; Giroud