Swansea City v Arsenal: Match preview

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Swansea City v Arsenal

Barclays Premier League

Liberty Stadium

Sunday, January 15th. Kick-off: 1600


Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers is likely to recall a number of players, after resting several regulars for the FA Cup encounter with Barnsley.

Michel Vorm, Joe Allen, Steven Caulker and Scott Sinclair are set to return, while could get a full debut.

Johan Djorou is back for Arsenal after serving his suspension, but stand-in full-back Francis Coquelin is sidelined for three weeks.

Thomas Vermaelen is also still sidelined, while Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky have been struggling with illness.

Robin van Persie returns for the Gunners, while Thierry Henry is also in the squad.


Wenger: Henry working hard

Arsene Wenger says Thierry Henry has been putting in extra hours on the training pitch in order to prove his fitness ahead of Sunday's clash with Swansea.

The Gunners legend made a match-winning cameo on his emotional return to the Emirates Stadium on Monday night; scoring in a 1-0 win over Leeds in the FA Cup.

Henry, though, is not quite ready to complete a full 90 minutes, having had an extended break from competitive action prior to his loan switch to Arsenal.

But Wenger says the 34-year-old is working as hard as ever during training sessions, and is desperate to give his all to the Arsenal cause.

"Thierry works very hard, is doing extra sessions and is highly motivated," said Wenger.

"He wants to help out so he makes extra sessions to try and get back to his full fitness.

"He is not there yet but he is not far from the level he was at when he left here [in 2007]. He is fit enough to start a game but not fit enough to last or play the whole thing.

"Those are the decisions I always have to make considering the balance of the team.

"He is here to help out in any way - that is even what he proposed.

"Does he sometimes start? Does he sometimes come on? That's what I have to decide. He is in the squad for Sunday."

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