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Arsenal must take chance of redemption against Swansea

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After suffering the turmoil of losing 6-0 to Chelsea on a day that marked his 1000th game, Arsène Wenger will have looked straight to the Swansea game in hopes they can build from there.

After today Arsenal face two tricky ties, the first being a home game against Man City and then away to Everton the week later, who will be looking for revenge for being knocked out of the FA cup recently.

Arsenal's title challenge is judged to be over, but it's their form and confidence leading into the FA cup semi-final that Wenger will be worried about most.

The last competition Wenger's men was the FA cup in 2005, since then the Gunners faithful have endured seasons of disappointment, and Wenger knows that all will be forgiven if he can win the FA Cup along with a safe top four finish.

Arsenal are firm favourites as the final four teams include League One side Sheffield United, Championship side and holders Wigan, and mid-table Premier League side Hull City. Once again Wenger is burdened with expectation, failure in this competition now just isn't an option.

A spirited and efficient Wigan side did the double over Manchester City in the quarter finals, knocking them out to follow their FA cup final success over them. This shows Wenger should not underestimate the Lactics.

So it is imperative that they go into the semi-final with renewed belief. Something the return of this season's talisman Aaron Ramsey should provide (if he ever comes back at all.)

Arsenal were also handed a double boost going into tonight's game with the news that both Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be clear to play after a ridiculous, if comical case of mistaken identity at Stamford Bridge lead to Gibbs being sent off for Chamberlain's obvious handball.

There could also be a debut for on loan Swedish midfielder Kim Källström, who has recovered from his back injury and was on the bench on the weekend. Most are sceptical as to the impact Källström could provide but his experience could prove vital.

Swansea have also suffered a recent dip. Despite a decent enough performance against Everton that saw them only just lose out at 3-2 the initial feel-good effect of everyone's mate Gary Monk taking over the managerial reigns appears to be wearing off.

Now will be where his real managerial skills are put to the test, but does he have a hope against premier league veteran Arsène Wenger who will no doubt be out for blood in his 1001th game?

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