Swansea Metropolis beat Arsenal Three-1 on Tuesday evening to raise themselves out of the Premier League relegation zone, after a horrific mistake by Petr Cech squandered any hope of taking factors again to north London on Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s debut.
The Gunners had been chanting the title of Olivier Giroud all sport after the information broke hours earlier than the kick off that Chelsea have agreed an £18m deal for the French goal man, whereas their very own new signing Mkhitaryan was sitting on the bench subsequent to him.
Carlos Carvahal unsurprisingly opted for a similar beginning eleven that beat Liverpool 1-Zero within the final match-day, whereas Arsene Wenger was with out Jack Wilshere by way of sickness so Welshman Aaron Ramsey began on the Liberty Stadium.
Within the opening exchanges, Arsenal had been pressured into making two unbelievable final ditch tackles to avoid wasting their blushes. Firstly Ramsey slid in to stop Alfie Mawson an effort on an open purpose after which Mohamed Elneny put in a improbable sliding deal with to cease Sam Clucas in his tracks whereas bearing down one on one with Cech’s purpose.
The closest effort of the sport got here within the 28th minute because the unlikely Mawson discovered himself hovering on the sting of the field however his bending shot took a nick off an Arsenal participant, diverting the ball a whisker huge of the put up.
Arsenal then replied themselves with some lovely attacking interaction ending up on the toes of Alex Iwobi however Lukasz Fabianski was equal to his drive in direction of the close to put up.
The sport was starting to open up and Arsenal clinched an undeserved lead within the 33rd minute. Nacho Monreal – who appears to be within the type of his life in entrance of purpose – ghosted in on the again put up to knock in Mesut Ozil’s cross on the lunge however their benefit did not final lengthy.
Instantly from the restart, Arsenal misplaced possession of their third and Mawson expertly discovered Clucas who was despicably left untracked by Grant Xhaka. The midfielder surged into the field and cooly slotted previous Cech to make the scoreline even as soon as once more.
…however our lead lasts lower than a minute as Clucas races by way of to beat Cech#SCFCvAFC ⚪️ 1-1 (34)
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 30, 2018
The Gunners checked out sixes and sevens defensively and Leroy Fer virtually made them pay the value by driving from his personal half into the penalty field however his tame effort was simply collected by Cech.
Half-time got here and went however nonetheless no signal of Mkhitaryan simply but. Nevertheless, when he entered the play on the hour mark, it resulted in circumstances he wouldn’t have anticipated.
Petr Cech: Has now dedicated 4 errors which have straight led to an opposition purpose within the Premier League this season, greater than some other participant #SWAARS
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 30, 2018
Monreal threw the ball again to Shkodran Mustafi who handed it again to Cech however he hashed his clearance straight to Jordan Ayew beneath the Swansea press. The Ghanaian duly obliged and tapped residence for the simplest purpose he’ll rating this season.
Nathan Dyer virtually put the sport to mattress within the 71st minute when he latched onto the shaken Mustafi’s header down into his personal penalty field however the winger’s shot hit the aspect netting.
Giroud got here on within the 76th minute for what’s prone to be his closing bow in an Arsenal shirt however he had no service.
Swansea then put the cherry on prime with three minutes to go as their two greatest gamers on the evening mixed to get a 3rd purpose.
Monreal’s tried acrobatic clearance noticed him flop to the ground permitting Ayew to storm by way of and though Mustafi was in a position to flick the ball away, it fell straight to Clucas who hammered residence.
The elegant Swans fly up from the foot of the desk into 17th after their sixth sport unbeaten in all competitions whereas Arsenal now stay eight factors off the highest 4 in sixth after a very dire efficiency.