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Arsenal drop Ramsey and Giroud against Swansea

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey in action against Schalke. Photo credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey in action against Schalke. Photo credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Saturday, December 1, 2012
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Team news: Arsenal v Swansea City

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Arsenal have been forced into a number of changes in defence, with Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny ruled out after picking up injuries at Everton.

Carl Jenkinson returns at right-back, while Thomas Vermaelen is back in the centre and Kieran Gibbs starts at left-back.

Further up the field Lukas Podolski returns on the left flank with Aaron Ramsey dropping to the bench and Gervinho takes the place of Olivier Giroud up front.

Swansea have lost the services of winger Wayne Routledge after his two goals against West Brom in midweek, while Israeli international Itay Shechter comes in to the midfield.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Cazorla, Arteta, Wilshere, Walcott, Gervinho, Podolski. Subs: Mannone, Rosicky, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Squillaci, Coquelin.

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Britton, Ki, de Guzman, Shechter, Michu. Subs: Cornell, Monk, Moore, Tiendalli, Agustien, Richards, Donnelly.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

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