First Szczesny, now two more Arsenal stars face the axe this evening

Giroud Celebrates

Olivier Giroud and Mikel Arteta as well as Wojciech Szczesny are set to be left out of the starting line-up for the match against Swansea City


Arsene Wenger is set to wield the axe following Saturday's 6-0 thrashing by Chelsea. The Frenchman was not happy with the display understandably, and changes are set to be made for the clash with Swansea City on Tuesday night.

Following some error-strewn displays Szczesny is set to lose his place to fellow Pole Lukasz Fabianksi but that won't be the only change made by Wenger. The Daily Mail believes that regulars, Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud will also lose their place in the starting eleven.

Arteta and Giroud are seen as key players for The Gunners and the latter had a wonderful start to the season which caught many by surprise. However his form has dipped since the turn of the year and now looks set to be replaced by Yaya Sanogo. The Premier League title looks to be out of their reach now following the embarrassing defeat to their title rivals, but Arsenal still have a wonderful chance to claim their first trophy since 2005.

They are in the FA Cup semi-final with a game against holders Wigan Athletic and are heavy favourites to win the competition. Szczesny, Arteta and Giroud will be hoping they can reclaim their place sooner rather than later so they can play a big part in what could be a memorable run-in to the end of the season.

Yaya Sanogo has impressed in his few appearances for the club and if he comes in to replace Giroud then it won't be too much of a surprise. Nicklas Bendtner is out of favour with Wenger following his escapades in Copenhagen and it could mean that Chuba Akpom is in line for a place on the bench. He recently returned from a loan spell at Coventry City.

However if Mikel Arteta is dropped then it could mean a long-awaited debut for Kim Kallstrom. The Swede joined Arsenal on loan from Spartak Moscow on deadline day but has only recently returned to full fitness. Mathieu Flamini represents another option to come in for Arteta, having made an appearance from the substitutes bench against Chelsea.

Wenger would have a lot more options available to him if it wasn't for his long list of injuries. Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and long-term absentee Theo Walcott have left Wenger without some of his key players. Things could have been a lot different if the attacking threat of Theo Walcott had been available to Wenger for the last three months.

As it is perhaps it shows how much they needed a few more recruitments in January. Especially a striker given how much he seems to have relied on Giroud. His form has declined and it now leaves Yaya Sanogo with a lot of pressure on his shoulders to step up to the plate.



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