Preview: Arsenal vs. Swansea City

Swansea forward Michu celebrates his goal against Manchester United on December 23, 2012
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Sports Mole previews Wednesday's FA Cup third-round replay between Arsenal and Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal welcome Swansea City to the Emirates on Wednesday in their third-round replay in the FA Cup, after the two sides were unable to be separated at the Liberty Stadium on January 6.

The Gunners scored twice in the final moments to lead 2-1 in the third-round match, but a last-minute strike from Danny Graham meant that the two sides must now do battle in London for a place in the latter stages of the competition.

The home side enter the match having suffered their first defeat in five matches against Manchester City on Sunday, but Swansea continued their five-match unbeaten run in all competitions with an impressive point at Everton.

Swansea have also won two of the last four matches between the two sides, drawing once and suffering one defeat. The last time they travelled to the Emirates, Michu was twice on target as the Welsh club recorded a 2-0 victory.

Arsenal will still be without Mikel Arteta for the match, but Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere have both shaken off knocks and are expected to start. Swansea, meanwhile, could start with Graham in the striking role, allowing Michu to operate from a deeper position.

Recent form:

Arsenal: WWDDL

Swansea City: WDDWD

Possible lineups:

Arsenal: Szczesny; Sanga, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Ramsey, Cazorla, Wilshere; Walcott, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Swansea City: Vorm; Tiendalli, Williams, Chico, Davies; Britton, De Guzman; Hernandez, Michu, Routledge; Graham

Sports Mole says: 2-1

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