The season starts here. Arsenal v Swansea is a chance to forget about Man Utd and Liverpool, and start to focus on the new season for once. Arsenal fans will also be hoping to see the new gunners in action, after a fanatic deadline day.
A lot has happened over the past 2 weeks, Arsenal has completed 5! new signings in Park, Mertesacker, Santos, Benayoun, and Mikel Arteta, and have also let Lansbury and Bendtner go on loan to West Ham, and Sunderland. Armand Traore also left to join Queens Park Rangers.
Arsene Wenger confirmed that he didn’t panic buy,
“Some of the transfers were linked with players going out like Santos and Park because I knew Bendtner and Traore would go out,” he said.
“Some of the other players were linked with the fact we have Wilshere out for a long time like Diaby. I knew as well that Vermaelen would have surgery the week before Manchester United so we needed to buy a centre-back.
“The midfield was a bit short because we now go into a time where we have the Champions League and the Carling Cup and we need a big squad.
“We were not close to signing anybody else. We had other targets but I was never close. Five transfers in the last four days, I must tell you we were busy enough!”
Arsenal have only one new injury and that is Tomas Rosicky reportedly had kick during international duty with the Czech Republic.
I am expecting the starting line up to look something like this:
Frimpong is back from suspension and he could be vital for us. He is a player we really need with Song out due to suspension. Arteta and Mertesacker are set for their full debuts while Kieran Gibbs is also welcomed back from injury.
I am predicting Arsenal to come out 3-1 winners from this game, with Arteta looking lively and Arshavin having a relatively good game.
Come on Arsenal!