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ARSENAL FACE TOUGH TASK IN WALES

9th November 2014

Arsenal look to get back on track after that extraordinary collapse against Anderlecht in the Champions League with a visit to Swansea, who have slipped in recent weeks after an excellent start, winning only one of the last seven league games.

Defensive frailties were once again to the fore for Arsene Wenger's team on Tuesday night as a 3-0 lead with half an hour to go completely evaporated.

Clearly there are issues at the back and Swansea striker Wilfried Bony, who has scored three goals in the last two home matches, is just one player who will be eager to exploit any defensive uncertainty.

Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey will serve a second suspension of the season having been sent off for two bookable offences in the draw at Everton.

Jordi Amat and Dwight Tiendalli are back in full training following respective knee and groin injuries.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is available after missing the last two matches because of illness.

Mikel Arteta is ruled out with a hamstring injury but Theo Walcott could make his first start since January. 

Swansea's former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski says it will be "funny" to be facing his old team-mates at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

Seventh-placed Swansea face the fifth-placed Gunners with Fabianski lining up against Arsene Wenger's team for the first time since moving to the Liberty Stadium.

But the Pole says he will not feel any sympathy for his former team.

"It's all about the game, it's all about three points," he said.

"When I get to the tunnel and see some of my former team-mates - my friends really - standing on the opposite side then it will be a funny experience for me."

Swansea's only home defeat was to Southampton and Arsenal have lost just one away - a 2-0 reverse at Chelsea. This suggests a tight game and with Bony in such fine form and Fabianski out to upset his old team the Gunners may struggle to justify prices of 5/4 and shorter.

Arsenal have only faced one of the top eight on the road so far and this will ask some big questions. The game looks a solid draw option and 12/5 with several layers.

We have reviewed Spurs v Stoke and WBA v Newcastle in the members area.

The other game between Sunderland and Everton in the Premier league looks one to avoid for punting.

Joe Ross