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Chico fouled by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the ref awards a free kick. Gerhard Tremmel restarts play with the free kick.
Miguel Michu scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 0-2 Swansea.Assist on the goal came from Nathan Dyer.
Corner taken right-footed by Theo Walcott to the near post, Angel Rangel makes a clearance.
A goal is scored by Miguel Michu from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 0-1 Swansea.The assist for the goal came from Luke Moore.
Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. Save made by Gerhard Tremmel.
Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Ashley Williams gets a block in.
Dwight Tiendalli challenges Santi Cazorla unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta. The referee books Thomas Vermaelen for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Williams on Olivier Giroud. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
Dwight Tiendalli takes a shot. Comfortable save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Tomas Rosicky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Williams. Free kick taken by Ashley Williams.
Unfair challenge on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by Dwight Tiendalli results in a free kick. Tomas Rosicky takes the direct free kick.
Tomas Rosicky replaces Jack Wilshere.
The referee blows for offside. Thomas Vermaelen takes the free kick.
Luke Moore takes a shot. Per Mertesacker gets a block in. Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki played to the near post. Mikel Arteta fouled by Chico, the ref awards a free kick. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.
(Swansea) makes a substitution, with Dwight Tiendalli coming on for Jonathan de Guzman.
Miguel Michu takes a shot. Comfortable save by Wojciech Szczesny.
Nathan Dyer challenges Theo Walcott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.
Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Save by Gerhard Tremmel.
Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Ben Davies gets a block in.
Theo Walcott takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Ben Davies. Theo Walcott takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Sung-Yeung Ki manages to make a clearance.
Luke Moore on for Itay Shechter.
(Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming on for Yao Gervinho. Olivier Giroud on for Lukas Podolski.
Shot from just outside the box by Jonathan de Guzman goes over the crossbar.
Jonathan de Guzman fouled by Carl Jenkinson, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Davies takes the direct free kick.
Miguel Michu is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
Angel Rangel takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny. Corner from right by-line taken by Jonathan de Guzman.
Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Save made by Gerhard Tremmel.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Theo Walcott from the left by-line, save by Gerhard Tremmel.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Theo Walcott from the left by-line to the near post, Angel Rangel makes a clearance.
Itay Shechter takes a shot. Blocked by Per Mertesacker. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan de Guzman from the left by-line, Per Mertesacker manages to make a clearance. Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Williams on Kieran Gibbs. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
Itay Shechter fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick. Miguel Michu restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Theo Walcott from the right by-line.
Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Gerhard Tremmel makes a comfortable save.
Headed effort from inside the box by Yao Gervinho misses to the right of the target.
Itay Shechter is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.
Unfair challenge on Itay Shechter by Jack Wilshere results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Miguel Michu.
Santi Cazorla challenges Miguel Michu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Davies.
Leon Britton fouled by Jack Wilshere, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Leon Britton.
Unfair challenge on Miguel Michu by Mikel Arteta results in a free kick. Jonathan de Guzman fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Thomas Vermaelen gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jonathan de Guzman, clearance by Mikel Arteta.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sung-Yeung Ki on Mikel Arteta. Free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.
Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Comfortable save by Gerhard Tremmel.
Handball decision goes against Itay Shechter. Per Mertesacker takes the direct free kick.
Lukas Podolski takes a shot. Chico gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Yao Gervinho by Angel Rangel results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.
Itay Shechter is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Kieran Gibbs results in a free kick. Sung-Yeung Ki crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
Foul by Jack Wilshere on Jonathan de Guzman, free kick awarded. Leon Britton restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Theo Walcott from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Miguel Michu.
Angel Rangel takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save. Angel Rangel takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny. Corner from the right by-line taken by Jonathan de Guzman, Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.
Angel Rangel is caught offside. Kieran Gibbs takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Theo Walcott, Gerhard Tremmel makes a save.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Carl Jenkinson goes wide left of the goal.
Itay Shechter is caught offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.
Thomas Vermaelen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Miguel Michu. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan de Guzman.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Jonathan de Guzman. Per Mertesacker restarts play with the free kick.
Wenger gears up for crucial spell
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels the next 12 matches will determine whether his side can force their way back into contention for a shot at the Barclays Premier League title.
The Gunners head into the clash against Swansea down in seventh place, some 12 points behind leaders Manchester United following their midweek draw at Everton.
However, with four of Arsenal's upcoming December league games set to be played at the Emirates Stadium, Wenger is confident his team can use home advantage to catapult themselves up the table.
"We will come back. Now we have six games, four at home, and if we do well in this block I think we have a chance to come back, but of course it is vital for us to do well in these games," Wenger told Arsenal Player.
"At the moment the two Manchester sides [are top]. They have not been spectacular, but efficient, and they have made the maximum of the chances they have created.
"For example, Manchester United have already lost three games and have lost in the Champions League as well. It is exactly what we have done, but they took more points and had less draws than we did. That has been the difference until now."
With Laurent Koscielny set for around a month on the sidelines after limping off at Goodison Park with a thigh strain, captain Thomas Vermaelen looks set to return to the centre of defence against the Swans.
The Belgian has been utilised on the left in recent weeks, but produced a solid display helping shackle countryman Marouane Fellaini and track Croatia frontman Nikica Jelavic.
"It was certainly his best game since the start of the season in this position," said Wenger.
"That will boost his confidence and hopefully get out of his mind what happened before when he was not completely confident. He was physically sharp, confident, calm and important for us."
Arsenal will check on the fitness of right-back Bacary Sagna, who has a foot injury, while forward Theo Walcott, who fired the Gunners ahead inside a minute at Everton, will also be assessed after taking a knock to his ankle.
Meanwhile, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup believes Wenger still has the backing of the Arsenal supporters.
The Frenchman has come in for stick from Gunners' fans and was subjected to chants of `you don't know what you are doing' over his substitutions during last weekend's goalless draw with Aston Villa.
After the midweek draw with Everton, the Gunners sit seventh in the table, just one place ahead of the Swans.
But Laudrup firmly believes Wenger will have the support of the home fans when kick-off time comes, regardless of what has gone before.
He said: "Just because they are unhappy about a change he made, or the performance in one or two games, does not change that they respect him and what he has done and is doing for the club, he has been amazing.
"We also have to be careful when we talk about people booing managers, like with Rafa Benitez at Chelsea.
"How many does the Emirates hold, 60,000? There could be 500 or 1,000 of them who may say 'why did you change that player?' But you cannot generalise and say everyone has an opinion like that.
"I am certain Arsenal fans really respect what he is doing and what he has done.
"That does not mean you can't disagree with something, that is fair enough, but one thing it does not mean is you don't respect him or don't like him."
Swansea head to north London boosted by a superb display in the 3-1 win over West Brom in midweek but Pablo Hernandez, one of the architects of that victory, will not face the Gunners because of a thigh injury.
And Laudrup is unsure whether the Spain winger will be back in time to face Norwich a week on Saturday.
He said: "We don't know yet how bad it is, it is a small muscle injury but for Saturday it will be impossible.
"If he could play against Norwich that would be a good sign. It depends on how it heals.
"If we are lucky he could be back against Norwich, if it is a bit more serious it could be maybe two or three weeks.
"These muscle injuries happen the longer you go with a lot of games, it is part of the game you have to accept and that's why you have a squad so you can use them. From Christmas through New Year, especially if we get through in the cups, we will have a lot of games."
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