Petr Cech: Mkhitaryan is an intelligent, skillful and quick player

Arsenal, who had to bid farewell to Alexis Sánchez, welcomed Henrikh Mkhitaryan to the club last Monday as they completed a swap deal with Manchester United. Arsene Wenger, in handing him his first game would need a lot of thinking in choosing the right starting eleven.

Swansea, although they are clear underdogs in this fixture, shouldn't be underestimated in this tie.

Arsenal manager Arseen Wenger has not decided yet when Henrikh Mkhitaryan will make his debut for the Gunners. Or Arsenal could line up with two central midfielders with Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka.

Jack Wilshere missed training on Monday with an injury but hasn't been ruled out for the match. As it stands, the squad is smaller, there are fewer players for Arsene Wenger to choose from, and another window will end with Arsenal making a substantial profit on their transfer dealings. "In a box-to-box role, certainly not a defensive role or as a holding player, but all the other positions are not out of reach". The Gunners are also boosted by the return of Olivier Giroud following a hamstring injury but fellow forward Danny Welbeck (hip) is still missing, as is Santi Cazorla (Achilles).

Since Carvahal took over, Jordan Ayew has started five matches and scored in three of them.

A 1-0 win for Arsenal is the most likely result at its best odds of 7/1 at Bet365.

I remember when Klopp went to Liverpool and that convinced all their fans he would bring Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Gundongan and Gotze with him.

Arsenal have been truly atrocious away from home this season, so Swansea have a chance to get something here. This could change for the game against Swansea.

Although Wenger has preferred playing Ainsley Maitland-Niles from the left-wingback slot lately, we might see the re-entry of muscular and dynamic Sead Kolasinac.

  • Julie Sanders