Before every Arsenal fixture, we’ll bring you a Scouting Report on the Gunners’ next opponents.

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson will give his pre-match view and you can get his post-match verdict in our Talking Tactics feature on Arsenal Player.

Swansea City visit Emirates Stadium this weekend so, to find out more about our Welsh opponents, we also asked South Wales Evening Post journalist Gareth Vincent for his thoughts and analysis.

Stewart Robson

Although Swansea are known for their passing football, Brendan Rodgers has integrated players who can run with the ball. Scott Sinclair, Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge all have the ability to beat opponents in one v one situations. However, so far this season Swansea have struggled to turn their possession into penetrative situations.

Scouting Report - Tactics

It will definitely be a 4-3-3, that's what they have used for the last few years. Certainly under Brendan Rogers, that is the system he likes to use.

In terms of strengths, it’s their ability to pass the ball and keep possession. Last season that was the big thing that got them into the Premier League. Under Roberto Martinez they were excellent going forward but a bit leaky at the back, and then Paulo Sousa came in and it was the opposite where they had a record number of clean sheets but couldn't score any goals.

Brendan Rogers has come in and managed to find a way of giving them a bit of both. They have been both sound at the back and managed to score a few goals as well since he has been here.

This season I think Swansea are still acclimatising to the Premier League. They have never been there before and do not have much Premier League experience in the squad. But they have created chances, just maybe not as many as they were used to last season. They just need to be more clinical in a division where they won't get so many chances.

Every week it is the same style whether they are home or away. It will be interesting against Arsenal because Swansea too like to dominate the ball. Even in the Manchester City game they were in possession for long periods, and obviously Arsenal like to play the same way.

In terms of the new signings, the goalkeeper [Michel] Vorm could not have done much more, he has been terrific. Steven Caulker is doing OK considering he has not yet made a Premier League appearance for Tottenham. He's come in, a big strong lad with some pace, has all the attributes and has done well so far. Danny Graham obviously hasn't got a goal yet, but he hasn't struggled. I think he can be fairly pleased with how he's gone so far - he hasn't got off the mark yet but he's a tireless worker. 

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7 Sep 2011