Arsenal take on Swansea City in the third round replay of the FA Cup at the Emirates Stadium in midweek. The two sides had played out a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium on 6 January, where the Gunners squandered a one-goal lead in the dying minutes, allowing the Swans to take the contest into a replay.
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The match will be telecast live on ESPN UK AND ESPN UK HD from 7:30pmGMT.
Arsenal are in a state of turmoil, having failed to win any of their last three matches in all competitions. Their last game against Manchester City at the Emirates ended in a 2-0 loss, after Laurent Koscielny was sent off in the ninth minute owing to a challenge on Edin Dzeko inside the penalty box.
The FA Cup now seems the only viable option for the Gunners to win any silverware this season, with the north Londoners currently 21 points behind leaders Manchester United in the Premier League. Arsene Wenger's side have been ousted from the League Cup by League Two side Bradford City in the quarter-finals and also face the tough task of getting the better of German giants Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Swansea, on the other hand, have the second leg of the League Cup to look forward to, having beaten Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg. A win, draw or even a narrow loss at the Liberty Stadium will ensure their spot in the final at Wembley against either Aston Villa or Bradford.
The Welsh club have already had the better of Arsenal at the Emirates in the Premier League earlier this season, thanks to a brace from Miguel Michu that helped them post a 2-0 win. Michael Laudrup's men will be confident of putting in a similar performance this trip to north London as well. Swansea are currently ninth in the Premier League with 30 points and are relatively safe from relegation.
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Arsenal: The Gunners will be without Mikel Arteta, who is out for up to three weeks due to a calf strain, while Koscielny is suspended. His compatriot Olivier Giroud is expected to start after making the bench against City, with Theo Walcott moving to the right, replacing Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.
Tomas Rosicky may get his first start for the Gunners after the Champions League game against Olympiacos in December, with either Jack Wilshere or Santi Cazorla set to be given a much needed rest, ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge at the weekend. Also Francis Coquelin is expected to replace Abou Diaby in midfield.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Coquelin, Wilshere; Walcott, Rosicky, Podolski; Giroud
Swansea City: Laudrup will be without Neil Taylor, who is out with a long-term injury. The manager may seek to rest a few players ahead of their League Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea. Michu may start from the bench, after making an instant impact as the substitute against Arsenal the last time around.
Swansea City (4-2-3-1) Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Ki, de Guzman; Hernandez, Routledge, Dyer; Graham