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Two players to keep an eye on during Arsenal vs Swansea



Arsenal and Swansea may have very little to play for, but this match presents an opportunity to watch two players who, operating in new roles, could be making plenty of headlines next season.

Aaron Ramsey's switch to the right wing in recent months has had a positive impact on Arsenal's fortunes, while the emergence of Jack Cork is cause for excitement in South Wales.

Ramsey holds a tactically complex position at Arsenal, alternately roaming inwards and staying wide to confuse the opposition and provide a variety of supporting roles for his team-mates.

During periods of free-flowing attack, the Welshman drifts infield and uses his quick-footed passing to help Arsenal overload the centre of the pitch. This draws the opposition backline into more central positions, opening up space for speedy Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin to overlap effectively.

But when the Gunners' opponents are sitting deep, Ramsey shows excellent positional intelligence by operating as a traditional winger, offering width to help pull apart a tightly compressed defensive shape.

Meanwhile at Swansea, Cork has continued developing into the outstanding central midfielder he had promised to be. In a career hampered by injury and missed opportunity, the former Chelsea youth team player has settled well since swapping St Mary's for the Liberty Stadium. Cork has made 24 interceptions across his last three appearances, contributing significantly to Swansea's mini-revival.

The ex-Southampton midfielder is also an assured technical footballer, averaging 57 passes per match (the highest at the club) at an 85% success rate. His impressive array of talents will no doubt catch the eye of Roy Hodgson before long, and will certainly be useful against Arsenal's slick passing in the final third.

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