Arsenal suffered a 3-1 defeat at struggling Swansea City on Tuesday night after a lacklustre display in south Wales.
The home side had the first attempt on goal on seven minutes. Jordan Ayew picked up the ball on the edge of the Arsenal area and the forward’s effort deflected over Peter Cech and wide of the post.
The Swans threatened again two minutes later. Nathan Dyer’s cross found Alfie Mawson at the far post and the defender looked set to score from close-range, only for Aaron Ramsey to produce a brilliant last-gasp block on the slide.
The home side continued to create the better chances and Sam Clucas looked to be through on goal on 15 minutes. However, Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny produced a good sliding tackle to deny the Swans man. Ki also fired wide of goal two minutes later, as the home side pushed for the lead.
On 28 minutes, Mawson saw an effort on goal from the edge of the area deflected just wide of goal. The Gunners launched their first meaningful attack of the game on the half-hour mark, as Alexandre Lacazette found Alex Iwobi, who forced Lukasz Fabianski into a good save at his near post.
The Gunners took the lead completely against the run of play on 33 minutes. Mesut Ozil fired a cross into the back post and full-back Nacho Monreal poked past Fabianski.
The lead did not last long, though, as Swansea equalised soon afterwards. Mawson disposed Ozil and played a superb ball through to Clucas and the midfielder put the ball beyond the outrushing Cech.
On 40 minutes, Swansea midfielder Leroy Fer fired a rather limp effort towards goal that Cech saved comfortably. Just before half-time Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka hit a powerful effort well over Fabianski’s goal.
Arsenal dominated the early stages of the second half. However, it was the home side who had the first opportunity of the second period, as Clucas failed to trouble Cech with a header from a Kyle Naughton cross.
Arsenal threatened on 57 minutes. Iwobi laid the ball off to Ozil and the German’s shot on goal was straight at Fabianski. The Swans took the lead just after the hour mark courtesy of a terrible error from Cech. Shkodran Mustafi passed the ball back to the Gunners ‘keeper, only for Cech to pass the ball to Ayew to score a tap-in.
The Swans came close to a third goal on 71 minutes. Dyer capitalised on a poor header from Mustafi, with the winger firing just wide of the post. The Welsh side extended their lead on 86 minutes. Monreal’s poor clearance fell to Ayew, who ran at Mustafi. The German defender made a tackle, only for the ball to fall for Clucas, who finished past Cech.
The goal summed up Arsenal’s woes on the night, as the Welsh side moved out of the relegation zone. The Gunners are now eight points behind fourth-place Liverpool.
Did Arsenal deserve anything from the Swansea game?