Predicted Arsenal XI to play Swansea City

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Arsenal will be going for their fifth straight Premier League win when they travel to Swansea this weekend.

The Gunners will be in a buoyant mood following a penalty shoot-out win in the League Cup against West Brom, as they look to maintain their position at the top of the Premier League table.

Here is the eleven Arsene Wenger could go with for the match.

GK – Wojciech Szczesny

The Pole should continue in his number one slot. He should be determined to show Wenger that he doesn’t need to go and get another goalkeeper this January or at the end of the season.

RB – Bacary Sagna

Sagna offers experience at right-back and pace going forward to provide width or tracking back to get into good position. He seems to have settled into a regular role following speculation over the summer that he could leave.

CB – Per Mertesacker

Arsenal’s big German defender should continue in the heart of the defence. He seems to have worked his game out well, forming a very difficult player for strikers to play against and get the better of.

CB – Laurent Koscielny

Koscielny will go into this game looking to keep Swansea very quiet and hopefully not give away a penalty in the process. He’s one of the quickest players in Arsenal’s team which allows him to make challenges and fill in across a variety of positions.

LB – Kieran Gibbs

Gibbs is one of the most inform left-backs in the country at the moment. His pace going forward and getting back is breathtaking and it allows him to maintain a higher line up the pitch, which is useful for Arsenal when they build pressure and press.

RM – Serge Gnabry

With Theo Walcott out injured, Gnabry finds himself as the primary winger at the club. He should relish the occasion because it’s another chance for him to show what he can do and he’ll be well protected by the rest of the midfield.

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CM – Mathieu Flamini

Flamini will play the role of the midfielder who races around looking to break up the opposition play. He seems to love nothing more than winning the ball back for his side before passing possession onto more creative players.

CM – Aaron Ramsey

Ramsey is in the best form of his Arsenal career and he’ll benefit from having had a rest during mid-week. He makes runs from midfield, which are very difficult for the opposition to pick up and he rarely gives away possession.

CM – Jack Wilshere

Wilshere will be the man who controls the tempo and pace of Arsenal’s attacking play. He will burst forward with his strength when he gets the opportunity to do so but he’ll be the man that sits and pulls the strings in midfield.

LM – Mesut Ozil

Ozil will start this match on the left of Arsenal’s midfield but he’s unlikely to stay there. Expect to see him move into central positions because his ability to create chances and provide assists is one of the best parts of his game.

ST – Olivier Giroud

Giroud is Arsenal’s in form front man and Wenger has no reason to drop him from the starting eleven. The Frenchman will want to maintain his confidence and momentum and he’ll also be fresher for a mid-week rest.

What do you think? Who do you want to see starting?

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