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Arsenal predicted XI vs. Swansea City

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger must be tempted to make wholesale changes for tomorrow night's Premier League clash with Swansea City at the Emirates, after watching his side suffer a humiliating 6-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners surely saw fading hopes of staying a live threat in a pulsating title race end at Stamford Bridge, after conceding twice in the opening seven minutes in a collapse which felt all too familiar in terms of Arsenal's away days against direct title rivals this season.

Wenger now has to lift a distraught squad for the task of facing Swansea, with uncertainty over whether Kieran Gibbs will be available following his controversial red card last weekend.

Gibbs was mistakenly dismissed rather that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who handled in an attempt to stop Eden Hazard's drive flying towards goal, with Arsenal set to appeal that decision.

With an appeal due to be lodged both men are likely to be eligible to face Swansea while the Football Association consider their response, and subsequent punishment for blundering official Andre Marriner.

Laurent Koscielny's struggles with a calf strain are more pressing for Wenger, with club captain Thomas Vermaelen likely to deputise in a rare start tomorrow night.

Elsewhere Mathieu Flamini is fighting for a recall in central midfield, while Olivier Giroud could pay the price for his early miss at the Bridge by being dropped to the bench in favour of Yaya Sanogo.

January signing Kim Kallstrom will hope to make his Arsenal debut in some capacity against Garry Monk's struggling side, while Lukasz Fabianski could come in for Wojciech Szczesny after his blunder for Oscar's goal against Chelsea on a torrid afternoon for Wenger's men that they need to recover from quickly.

Arsenal predicted XI to face Swansea: Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Flamini, Arteta, Podolski, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanogo

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