Arsenal made a few changes to the team, with Jenkinson coming in for the injured Sagna and Vermaelen replacing the injured Koscielny. Gibbs continued at left back, while Giroud dropped to the bench and Gervinho came in. Wenger had said that the French striker needed a rest but it was Podolski who took his position with Gervinho on the left.
Arsenal started slowly again and Swansea looked like the home team. Arteta, Cazorla and Wilshere were struggling to control the game and the chances started to come for Laudrup’s team. Some good goalkeeping from Szczesny and a couple of great captain’s challenges from Vermaelen kept the scores level, but there was little happening at the other end. It was 25 minutes before we even fashioned a chance.
Arsenal did come more and more into the game as the half wore on, but Gervinho was having one of those days where nothing seems to work. He did, however, get our best chance just before the break. If only it had been Giroud in the box. Gervinho should have scored but his header was not even close.
Wenger could not have been happy and must have had a few words, because Arsenal actually looked like they wanted it at the start of the second half. There was much more drive and urgency. The pressure continued to build on Swansea for 15 minutes but Arsenal nearly went behind when Rangell was allowed to run at the box and shoot but Szczesny saved.
Wenger knew we needed a win, and turned to Giroud and Oxlade-Chamberlain in place of Gervinho and Podolski. In the space of a few minutes, Giroud nearly won a penalty and Cazorla had a great shot saved. Walcott’s corners were generally poor and surely Cazorla would be better off taking them.
Rosicky made his long awaited comeback in place of Wilshere with just over 10 minutes left and got straight into the action. It was Szczesny to the rescue again with five minutes left, and Vermaelen put a header straight at the Swansea keeper at the other end. Swanse then split the Arsenal defence and Szczesny had no chance against Michu’s cool finish. He then made it 2-0 before the end.
Arsenal hit a new low and drop behind West Ham, Swansea and Stoke City. It must be Ramsey’s fault. The pressure increases on Wenger and the board as we are just not even close to being good enough.