Impressive Arsenal earn deserved win over Swansea

Arsenal battled back from a goal behind to pick up all three points at home to Swansea today.

The Swans came into the match with a sturdy defensive record away from the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League, and it looked like they may be able to utilise that into a win at half-time, but our boys were not going to give up any points without a fight.

We fell behind mid-way through the first half with blame to be placed on Koscielny and Cech. The defender failed to control the ball properly allowing the visitors to take advantage, and Sam Clucas was found by Tammy Abraham to slot away, and questions could be asked of Petr Cech for rushing out.

The Swans were clearly set up to try and catch us on the counter, but we managed to deal with their further threat quite comfortably, and continued to keep pushing forward in search of our equaliser, but it didn’t come before the interval.

Arsene Wenger clearly set our boys on the right track at the break, turning our one goal deficit into a lead inside 15 minutes.

Sead Kolasinac sealed off a neat passing move by burying a powerful shot into the side netting, having run in to finish from the back of the box.

The Welsh side did look to have battled back into the lead straight after, with Tammy Abraham slotting away, but thankfully the Chelsea loanee was offside before receiving the ball, and that was chalked off, but our defence would have been in for a talking to had it have stood…

The Bosnian was involved in our second goal only six minutes later, when he teed up Aaron Ramsey to bag himself his 50th Arsenal goal of his career. It was another neat passing move which fell to Sead at the back of the box, but this time he finds Aaron inside the box to slot away, although former Gunner Lukasz Fabianski will be frustrated he wasn’t able to stop the shot being so close to his leg.

We looked evermore likely to add to our lead in the final 30 minutes, with Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and substitute Olivier Giroud all looking dangerous but it wasn’t to be.

The only worry to come out of the game has to be Kolasinac limping off the pitch toward the end of the match, but hopefully it wont prove to be anything serious…

How much of a loss would Sead be? Was there ever any doubt that we wouldn’t take all three points today? Did Sead or Rambo deserve the MOTM award?

Pat J

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20 Comments

  1. gotanidea says:

    Arsenal played too carefully in the first half, unlike when they faced Everton in Goodison Park. It made Swansea able to surprise them with a counter-attack. Good win and I think:

    – Lacazette: Good strength and backheel that lead to Kolasinac’s goal.

    – Sanchez and Ozil: Creative and tried to make things happen.

    – Xhaka: Good long pass that lead to Ramsey’s goal.

    – Ramsey: Spirited performance as usual.

    – Kolasinac: Powerful and accurate shot with his left foot. Good link-up play with Ramsey as well.

    – Bellerin: Very quick and full of energy as usual, but still needs to play smarter when he is near the penalty box.

    – Monreal and Koscielny: Very aggressive and high anticipation.

    – Mertesacker: Almost made a fatal mistake. He is still dependable if needed, but we cannot expect too much from a retiring central defender.

    – Cech: He likes to come out and anticipate threats, which did not work on the first threat, but worked well on the second threat. The first goal was not his fault, it happened because Arsenal defense was not organized well.

    1. Anko says:

      We played well but didn’t give a lot of thoughts to our defence. Second half was much better and am glad we got the win we deserve.

  2. Declan says:

    Good win after a really shaky start and sorry OT, bonus England about to beat Spain to win U17 World Cup.

  3. Break-on-through says:

    Ramsey Xhaka and Kolasinac played very well. They were causing the problems and some lovely stuff being played.
    Koscielny Ozil and Mert need to do allot better.

  4. kev says:

    I didn’t watch the match but I have to ask this question based on our recent performances this season.Why is that we cannot press teams?We would’ve won so many matches if only we liked to press.We just allow teams to come at us where they’re average or not unless we’re dominatin

    1. OxInTheBox says:

      because Wenger doesn’t know how to make the team press.

      1. Dee23 says:

        That’s crap because we pressed when we beat Man city in the FA cup last season and when we defeated Man United. Do you actually watch the games or do you just bash Wenger because it’s become status quo to do so even at times when it’s undeserved?

  5. Mitch Connor says:

    Glad and relieved that we pulled out a win
    Kolsanic and Ramsey saved our blushes
    First half sucked. I was so depressed at halftime
    We need to seriously play better against City or we will be in big trouble. Today they scored 3 goals away without Aguero
    Our defense needs to play better. Actually so does our attack

  6. Squizy says:

    Despite the some really excellent long sprays out wide, Xhaka does seem to make quite a number of mistakes in the middle; short blind passes. I do hope he comes good though, that left foot is quite cultured.
    Sead my MOTM, always looking to go forward and make things happen.
    Glad for the result.

  7. Sue says:

    Phew!! Stop giving me a heart attack in the first half, just go out there & perform & get the job done!! Why wait till the second half to perform!!

    I hope the tank isn’t too bad that’ll be a huge blow going to the Etihad without him!

    Well done (in the end) Arsenal

  8. Banter era says:

    Actually went for nap instead of second half
    What’s going on
    Am I not bothered anymore?

    Weird

    1. ramterta says:

      wish I had your spirit,but it seems I’m so attached to arsenal that I can’t miss a single minute of them playing

  9. Sandeep says:

    Hope kolasinac is fine what a great game he had.i think we are lacking mid field spark and the drive from mid field which was given by santi and even Rosicky. Anyone agree with me.

  10. Franklin says:

    A marvelous performance from the guys. Kolasiac is the bargain of the season!!!

    1. Anko says:

      ?% he is a very good player and to think we didn’t pay anything for him. We need him against Man City so I hope he is well!

  11. Lexynal says:

    First, our team won a game again, we need to celebrate and do away with negativity. I bet ManU fans are celebrating the 1 goal win over Spuds. Guys…..celebrate..,its 3 points. That’s how you get to wining the league. By the way, I enjoyed the llink-up play between Kolasinaic and Sanchez….saw that severally today….

  12. Ackshay says:

    9 wins in a row in epl
    11 wins 1 draw in last 12 matches in epl
    5 in 5 this season
    14 wins 1 draw in 15 all competitions
    Emirates is slowly becoming a fortress. Feels like the good old days at highbury where we were a tough team to play at home. feels like the real arsenal, now go fix that awful away record.

  13. Brett Gooner Mash says:

    What winds me up is how weak we are in the challenges and sweeping up second balls!
    Xhaka’s passing was so erratic until it was 1-1. Kosc nit gud enuf on the right hand side of the three. Cech is horribly low on confidence

  14. ruelando says:

    I was really impressed with Kolasinac, and i have said a lot of our goals will be coming from the players who play wide in our back five, as long as we use the width of the field wisely, players like Kola and Bellerin should be getting more assist and goals.

    I hope we have kolasinac against City, because that’s where city weakness lies in the wide areas.

  15. John says:

    Xhaka was brought to do exactly what he has done well so far……that is to switch players with long balls……..some fans want him dropped because of some of his mistakes…….well the whole team makes mistakes………..and we have to plan for occasions when they lose possession…….,mistakenly or not………..it is a team sport………

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