Boosted Gunners seek fresh start
Arsenal will aim to bounce back from their Old Trafford horror show on Saturday as they make a fresh start to their Premier League campaign against newly promoted Swansea.
A miserable month of August which began with the departure of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri culminated with the club's 8-2 humiliation at Manchester United, the heaviest defeat suffered by the Gunners in 115 years.
Since then Arsene Wenger has bolstered his squad with a slew of signings, including South Korea captain Park Chu-Young, Mikel Arteta from Everton and German international Per Mertesacker. Whether the arrival of Park, Arteta and Mertesacker, along with the recruitment of Brazilian defender Andre Santos and Yossi Benayoun, will transform Arsenal's season remains to be seen.
But midfielder Aaron Ramsey revealed the Gunners are determined to stop the rot following their traumatic outing in Manchester. "We want to put things right after our last result," said Ramsey. "Hopefully we put in a really good performance and get back to winning ways.
"We have had a good think about things and it will be a fresh start now. We have brought in some quality players, Arteta and Benayoun are two creative midfielders who are really comfortable on the ball and they will be great additions to the squad."
Ramsey however warned his team-mates against complacency, having had first-hand experience of Swansea last season during a loan spell with Cardiff. "I saw last season, when I played against Swansea for Cardiff, that they are a good footballing team and like to pass the ball," Ramsey said. "It will be a good footballing game but hopefully we come out on top and get all three points."
United in Bolton challenge
While Arsenal are chasing their first league win of the season, leaders United will attempt to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season at Bolton. United goalkeeper David de Gea is likely to be face another testing afternoon as he continues to acclimatise to the physicality of the Premier League.
However United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is confident that de Gea, who has already conceded soft goals against Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion this season, has the talent to be a success. "David made a couple of mistakes in his first games, which we didn't expect and nor did he," Ferguson said.
"There is no doubt we have a player of great potential. Our job at this club is to realise that potential and make sure he becomes a top goalkeeper," Ferguson added. "He'll do that once he gains experience and adapt to the physical nature of the league. It is a different game here compared to Spain - there are more crosses to deal with and there is more contact. Bit by bit, we will get there with him."
United's cross-town rivals Manchester City meanwhile are expected to hand a home debut to new signing Nasri - exceptional in the club's 5-1 away win at Tottenham - as they face Wigan at Eastlands. Wigan manager Roberto Martinez admits City, who like United have maximum points after three games, have the look of potential champions.
"You are always looking at what you are doing rather than the opposition but you look at Manchester City, and you feel it's only a matter of time before they are competing to win the Premier League," Martinez said. "You just hope that we are playing them at a time when we can disrupt them and not allow them to be themselves.
"They have assembled probably the best squad of 20 footballers anywhere in the world, and that's obviously a fantastic position to be in. It's only a matter of time before they click, and they are going to be challenging for the title very soon - there`s no two ways about that."
Chelsea meanwhile will welcome back goalkeeper Petr Cech and defender David Luiz from injury for their trip to Sunderland.
Stoke will attempt to extend their unbeaten Premier League record against Liverpool at the Britannia, where new Potters signing Peter Crouch is expected to line up against his former club.