Arsenal vs Swansea Preview: Will AOL Make A Return?

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This Saturday’s three o’clock kick off will see Arsenal take on a sore Swansea City side who find themselves lingering in 15th place on points.

It hasn’t been the best start to the season for either side, but with Arsenal in 5th and level on points with 4th placed Chelsea, it almost looks certain that they’ll be claiming yet another three points from a team who have lost four of their last five in all competitions.

With that being said though, despite their troubles in the league, Swansea have been able to ruffle Arsenal feathers a number of times before. Since arriving in the Premier League, the Swans have won four games against Arsenal, with two coming in the last five meetings between the clubs.

One player that could help salvage some points for Swansea is Tammy Abraham who has scored five goals so far this season, but that is in place of last season’s main men Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente.

As for us, we aren’t missing many of our key men tomorrow as Arsene Wenger enlightened us with the team news:

“The only players who are not completely back are Mustafi and Welbeck, Ospina has an opportunity to be available for Belgrade.”

It also looks like we’ll be seeing the front three of Alexis, Ozil and Lacazette again, or as most have started calling them AOL, and maybe against another poor side defensively they’ll be able to run riot at The Emirates.

Last week at Everton as well as being the first time they had all played together, saw Mesut Ozul register his first assist of the season, despite him creating 24 chances before that across the season so hopefully this trio will be more clinical with the chances they are presented with.

As well as those three returning to the side, it’s likely that the usual rotation will take place, but with our midweek game being played on a Tueaday instead of a Thursday this time, that could’ve left some players fresher than they usually would be in order to feature on Saturday.

Having picked up his first Premier League minutes of the season last weekend this could see Jack Wilshere integrated even further or maybe even Reiss Nelson, or another young bright spark.

Wenger was also asked about Tuesday’s hero, Eddie Nketiah and here’s what he had to say:

“He will continue to get a chance.

“You cannot think because a guy scored two goals that he’s straight away to play in the Premier League but as well he has to continue to develop and if he scores two goals there’s quality there you have to take care of.”

Looking more at the overall state of English youngsters he said:

“If you look at the results of the youth level (under 17’s, under 20’s and the under 21’s are all doing well it’s the first time since I’ve been in England, there is a consistent level of results in the youth teams that means the quality is there and the next step is to integrate them in the Premier League.”

Over the years, the Frenchman has been impressive at the rate he’s managed to integrate youngsters into the first team, with this year being no different and with the Swansea game looking promising this could be the perfect opportunity to hand some Premier League debut cameos before we head off to Manchester City and welcome Tottenham Hotspur to The Emirates.

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Art de Roche
Hi I’m Art and I’m currently studying Sports Journalism at the University of Gloucestershire. I support Arsenal and try to get down to the Emirates a few times each season hoping that we can finally win the Premier League again. But hopefully I write a bit more often than Arsenal win Premier Leagues!