Three big selection changes Arsene Wenger may make in defence


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may make big decisions when it comes to team selection against Swansea City.

After a torturous match at Stamford Bridge, anything is on the table when it comes to Arsenal's next line-up.

It's certain Arsene Wenger will make changes, after he confirmed to Laurent Koscielny is out with a calf problem.

Kieran Gibbs' let-off from a suspension makes Wenger's decision making a little clearer to predict, but the manager may just elect to leave him on the sidelines given his cavalier attacking in the early stages against Chelsea, against a Swansea side dangerous on the counter-attack.

This would mean Thomas Vermaelen moving to left-back, although it's more likely Gibbs will get a reprieve and the Belgian will come in as a straight swap for Koscielny in the middle.

The defensive re-shuffle is however hinted at by the call-up of Hector Bellerin to the first team squad. 

The Spanish youth international was on loan at Watford earlier in the season, and Wenger confirmed yesterday he had been training with the first team ahead of the Swansea game.

His selection would be an exciting one for fans, for in times of doubt, seeing a young prospect come through the youth ranks is reason to be cheerful. Wenger may hope that Bellerin can come in and provide the sort of assured display that may put a few first team stars to shame.

With Bacary Sagna stalling over a new contract, leaving him on the bench would be a signal of intent to the Frenchman that it is not just Carl Jenkinson ready to compete for his place, potentially weakening his hand in negotiations.

In addition to Bellerin and Vermaelen coming in, the other big proposed change is Wojciech Szczesny being dropped. The goalkeeper was disappointing against Chelsea, making an individual error for Oscar's second goal, and seemed to let his head drop as the game went on more than any other player.

Lukasz Fabianski showed once again against Bayern that he is now a dependable figure in goal, far from the error-prone figure he was upon arrival at the club. He came in for Szczesny last season, but dropping the younger Pole for his more senior understudy could do him more damage than good, doing so for a second season in succession.

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