4-3-2-1: This is the perfect Arsenal XI to end the Swansea curse

As we all know, the Gunners have not had the best of luck against Swansea in recent seasons, having won just the one game from the last five.

However, Wenger’s side play host to a different entity this afternoon, with the visitors having appointed the Premier League first ever American manager.

Considering how the season has gone thus far, the Welsh side should be no problem for Alexis & Co. (emphasis on the should), however, Wenger will be well aware of the threat they carry.

Former USA and Egypt coach, Bradley, brings his new side to The Emirates without a win since the opening day of the season, and will be looking for his new crop of players to impress.


With players returning to fitness for Wenger, as well as the international break to consider, there could be a few changes for the hosts, however, it could be a risk to go against the current club form of the players.

Here is the perfect Arsenal XI to beat Swansea this afternoon…

At the back: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal

The Swans will come to The Emirates this afternoon ready to impress their new boss, meaning the forward men will be desperate to get on the score sheet.

With that in mind, a solid defence is – as always – a must for Wenger today. In front of the ever reliable Petr Cech will need to be an equally reliable back four.

Since his arrival in the summer, German centre-half Shkodran Mustafi has formed a formidable partnership with Frenchman, Laurent Koscielny at the back, having not conceded since the 4-1 win at Hull City.

Either side of the pair are two trustworthy full-backs in Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal, who will be more than comfortable moving forward should everything go to plan and the Gunners take control.

In the middle: Cazorla, Xhaka, Ozil

With Francis Coquelin now fit and available once again, Arsene Wenger has a dilemma on his hands as to who starts in the holding role.

Coquelin has been impressive when given the nod this season, however, considering the fee spent on Xhaka and the performances he has put in when he’s had the chance, the Swiss must start.

With the ever consistent Santi Cazorla alongside him and the soon-to-be No.10, Mesut Ozil ahead of him we should have enough to handle the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and more than enough to threaten going forward,

Leading the line: Chamberlain, Sanchez, Iwobi

This is where the only real change comes in the side, Theo Walcott has shown vast improvements so far this season, however, a less than impressive display whilst with England over the international break may well have opened the door for fellow Southampton graduate, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Ox is, thus far, following his usual script, firing on all cylinders in the pre-season and then fade away come the start of the competitive games. Should he get the nod, he’ll want to do all he can to hold onto that start.

Leading the line for Wenger should, as it has been so far, be Alexis Sanchez, who has looked scarily dangerous through the middle and could give Bradley a very bumpy welcome to the Premier League.

Out on the left is the man who was charged with replicating Sanchez’ form on the wing and has done so brilliantly, Iwobi will give the visiting back four plenty to think about.

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