Predicted Arsenal XI to play Swansea City - Who faces the axe after Chelsea thrashing?

Match to be played on Tuesday March 25 2014 at 19:45 GMT. Venue: Emirates Stadium, London.

Arsenal need to forget about the thumping they were dealt at Chelsea over the weekend and focus on beating Swansea City tomorrow night.

The Gunners still have an outside chance of the Premier League title and the side has to believe that it’s still possible, responding with an impressive performance in front of their own fans.

Here’s the side Wenger could go with for the game.

GK – Lukasz Fabianski

There have been rumours circulating that Fabianski will come in for Wojciech Szczesny. Regardless of whether that’s a good idea, Fabianski has been superb when he’s been called on this season.

RB – Bacary Sagna

Sagna needs to produce the dominant display, both defensively and offensively, that we all know he’s capable of on the right hand side of defence.

CB – Per Mertesacker

The German didn’t have a great game against the Blues but he’s been fairly consistent throughout the season. Arsenal need one of his better performances.

CB – Thomas Vermaelen

This is a big game for Vermaelen with Koscielny unlikely to play with a calf problem. It’s a chance for him to cement his place in the team over the rest of the season.

LB – Nacho Monreal

Even if Gibbs’ red card is overturned from the weekend, Wenger could choose to axe the England international and slot Monreal, fresher, back into the team.

RM – Serge Gnabry

After the poor performance of several Arsenal players over the weekend, Wenger could opt to throw Gnabry into the side. He was superb in the recent UEFA Youth League game against Barcelona and offers plenty of pace on the counter attack

DM – Mathieu Flamini

One change Wenger is likely to have an eye on is Flamini coming back into the midfield and offering the back four some protection as their confidence will be low at the moment.

CM – Mikel Arteta

Wenger needs experience and leadership in the middle of his team following such a heavy defeat. Arteta can provide both.

AM – Santi Cazorla

Cazorla will slot in behind the main striker in the absence of Mesut Ozil. He showed glimpses of what he’s capable of against Chelsea but needs a much bigger and more dominant performance.

LM – Lukas Podolski

The German should slot in on the left hand side. His pace and skill in possession will be important and he’ll move inside when whoever is playing at left-back gets forward.

ST – Olivier Giroud

Giroud will play up front and needs to put in a much better shift than he produced against Chelsea. Arsenal need him to take any half chances which fall his way.

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