Coquelin ready to fight Xhaka for Arsenal place

And Walcott thinks the gritty manner of Arsenal's last two victories shows they have the mentality to stay in the hunt.

And the point is that Arsene Wenger has found a way of getting the best out of Walcott this season by playing him in a settled line-up which is reaping rewards and the players have built up a good understanding.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had no intention of ever selling Theo Walcott. We have a good opportunity to show we have learned from that and that we are capable of dealing with these kinds of opponents, when we are the favourites. The first came at the end of a superb move started by Walcott himself as he latched on to a Jordy Amat mistake, induced by a brilliant header from Bellerin near the Swansea goal mouth. But that's not the case.

BUNDESLIGA: Bayern Munich's early-season euphoria has vanished after a 2-2 draw at 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt for the German giant's third consecutive game without a win. Things got nervy after this, as Xhaka in an attempt to stop Barrow from making another run on the right cynically fouled him and to everyone's surprise saw a straight red card for the challenge. I already know how well I can go forward but there's also other bits to do and I've been doing that this season.

"You speak with the keepers and he's one of the most hard players to predict where he'll put the ball".

Coquelin has recovered sooner than expected from his knee injury, after there had been initial fears of a recurrence of the ligament damage that kept him sidelined for close to three months last season. There's always some sort of blip but hopefully we're not going to have that this year.

There's little doubt Barrow was the best player on the pitch for Bob Bradley's men and if Swansea can find a way to keep him producing from wide areas then the goals Swansea need will undoubtedly come.

"It just shows you that the Premier League is really hard".

Walcott is now just eight away from a century of goals for the Gunners, but he would gladly sacrifice personal glory for team success.

  • Rosalie Stanley