Welcome to a new feature on Arsenal.com - Talking Heads.

Before and after every first-team fixture our MatchDay Show team - and an Arsenal blogger - will have their say on the match.

Arsenal took on Swansea City in the Premier League on September 10 and our Talking Heads for this game were Dan Roebuck, Stephen Hughes and Jim from East Lower.

Read on for their post-match thoughts and recap what they said before the game.

Dan Roebuck - Arsenal Live

The most important thing for Arsenal was that they got the three points. After the start we’ve had it was simply a case of getting off the mark with our first win to get that confidence back up to where it needs to be. Overall there were some encouraging signs - good performances from Szczesny, Koscleiny and Arshavin - and they will want to keep that up with a tough fixture against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.

I'm hopeful that Arsenal will win comfortably and that the new signings will start well. It's a blow that Thomas Vermaelen will be out but I'm confident Per Mertesacker is experienced enough to come in and do the job. I think Arsenal have to put on a show on Saturday. They owe the fans a good performance and I'm hopeful they can get it done. It's good news that Bacary Sagna will be back in action and it will be great to have the experience of Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun on board. Swansea play fairly attacking football which should fall into Arsenal's hands and it's going to be an entertaining match. It’s a massive game and I think there’s more of an edge to it than if Arsenal had picked up a few more points by now.

Stephen Hughes

It was an excellent result for Arsenal and one that was badly needed. I thought we played well for large parts of the game and it could have been more if some of the lads had their shooting boots on! Hats off to Swansea though, they played well and made life difficult. They could have nicked it at the end, but sometimes you need that luck to go forward with. I thought Arshavin was excellent and I’d love to see him show that more often.

I think it's going to be quite a tough game. I saw them play on the opening day against Manchester City and, although they lost 4-0, I thought they played some good stuff at times. They're going to come to Emirates Stadium, get the ball down and really try and play football. I think it's going to be a very interesting and entertaining game. It's a huge game for Arsenal becasue everybody needs a bit of a lift. I am sure everybody is very interested in the new signings and seeing how they integrate into the team. Obviously it's been a difficult time for Arsenal recently and a lot has been printed so it's very important we bounce back with a victory. But I'm very confident. We're playing at home and we've got to win the home games. It's about getting the right performance and, more importantly, the right result.


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There was a good buzz about the place before the match as expected, which just goes to show what a lift some new faces can bring. I thought both Mertesacker and Arteta did very well. Benayoun looked lively when he came on, too. All three can be pleased with their debuts. Overall, Arsenal were far from their best but, given recent results and substantial late changes to the composition of the squad, an explosive return to form was probably asking too much. It’s a cliché but, in this instance, the three points were more important than anything else.

This is a game that has taken on plenty of added importance thanks to the Old Trafford defeat and the late transfer activity that followed it. It’s imperative that Arsenal - already eight points off the pace - get back on track with a win. How the team reacts to the 8-2 loss will be fascinating. Although the injuries to Vermaelen and Wilshere have put a dampener on things, overall I expect the mood to be upbeat thanks to those new faces. It seems very likely we’ll see some of those recruits straight away, assuming they are fit. Mertesacker and Arteta in particular should be called upon. Above all, I’m hoping we’ll see a high tempo and disciplined performance. If we get that I’m confident we’ll get the three points.

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12 Sep 2011