Confirmed Arsenal v Swansea lineups: Walcott benched, Campbell handed a start

Here is how Arsenal and Swansea line up this evening.

Arsenal take on Swansea City this evening, as they look to bounce back from Sunday's 3-2 defeat to Manchester United.

The Gunners were simply awful at Old Trafford, and must win tonight in order to get their Premier League title challenge back on track.

Manager Arsene Wenger has come in for criticism after that defeat to United, and he has made one big change by dropping Theo Walcott.

The forward touched the ball just 17 times against United, and has been slammed by fans and pundits over the last couple of days, with Wenger benching him in favour of Joel Campbell evening.

Defender Laurent Koscielny misses out through injury, and Per Mertesacker comes in to the defence in his place, with the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Mohamed Elneny and Danny Welbeck all on the bench.

Swansea also go into the match having lost last time out, as they were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal's North London rivals Tottenham on Sunday.

The Swans desperately need points to avoid the drop, but few are expecting them to pick up anything tonight. Interestingly, Alberto Paloschi - who scored against Spurs on Sunday - has been dropped to the bench, with Bafetimbi Gomis coming in up front, whilst former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski returns to the Emirates Stadium this evening.

Star playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson has surprisingly been left on the bench, with QPR loanee Leroy Fer handed a start in midfield tonight.

Arsenal lineup


  • Petr Cech
  • Héctor Bellerín
  • Gabriel Paulista
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Francis Coquelin
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Mesut Özil
  • Joel Campbell
  • Olivier Giroud
  • Alexis Sánchez

Substitutes: David Ospina, Calum Chambers, Kieran Gibbs, Mohamed Elneny, Mathieu Flamini, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck.

Swansea lineup


  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Jordi Amat
  • Stephen Kingsley
  • Kyle Naughton
  • Ashley Williams
  • André Ayew
  • Jack Cork
  • Leroy Fer
  • Ki Sung-yueng
  • Wayne Routledge
  • Bafétimbi Gomis

Substitutes: Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Federico Fernández, Angel Rangel, Jay Fulton, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Modou Barrow, Alberto Paloschi.

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