?Arsenal Clucas ran in behind and finished

?Arsenal players react after their loss to Swansea CityThe battle lines had been drawn. There was a palpable excitement from both sides of fans. Swansea had beaten Liverpool by a solitary goal in their last home game and were full of hope. Arsenal had a pretty tumultuous week in comparison, with Alexis Sanchez, their best player, moving up north to the red half of Manchester with Arsenal getting Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the bargain, in a rare player swap deal. This was their first game since he left and their new signing was expected to make an appearance in today’s game.The pitch was wet and slippery and this was a prescient analogy of things to come. Swansea were on a high and Arsenal have been very poor on the road, with only 5 wins in 18 away games in all competitions.Despite all of that, the odds were still heavily in favour of the Gunners, considering that Swansea were at the bottom of the table.It took both teams a couple of minutes to get used to the water logged, zippy pitch they were playing on. Swansea started the brighter and made all the running in the first 10 minutes. They sat very deep when they didn’t have the ball and Arsenal quickened their passing and tried to play through the lines. Mohammed Elneny had to be at his defensive best and made two game defining interventions to keep Arsenal from conceding. He made a perfectly timed last-ditch tackle inside the box, denying Sam Clucas an opportunity at a one on one with Cech, and made an equally important interception, preventing Swansea from opening their account.Arsenal opened the scoring against the run of play. Ozil found some time and space outside the box and swung in a delicious ball. Nacho monreal was on hand to prod home, and scored the first goal of the game. It didn’t Swansea long to respond. Ozil was involved in both opening goals as he gave the ball away cheaply near his goal, not for the first time in the game and the arsenal backline switched off. Clucas ran in behind and finished with confidence. It was the least Swansea deserved.The game went into half time delicately poised and arsenal came out in the second half with a renewed vigour. They were out of the tunnel early and were keen to start strongly. It was more of the same though, with Swansea sitting deep and repeatedly hitting Arsenal on the counter. Nathan dyer and Jordan ayew both gave the arsenal defenders a torrid time. Dyer gave Monreal a night to forget with the little Englishman getting the better of the Spaniard all night. Jordan ayew had a man of the match performance with his constant running and closing down and he had a goal and an assist by the end of the night.Arsenal looked shaky all night and this came to a head when Monreal put his team-mates under pressure by throwing the ball to Mustafi who was in a bit of a cul-de-sac. He foolishly passed to Petr Cech who was being chased down by 3 swansea players and there wasn’t a single arsenal player in the vicinity. It was schoolboy defending from the Gunners and they rightly got punished.Cech completely missed his kick and the ball skipped up and went straight to a grateful ayew, who was on hand to score his well-deserved goal. Ayew was the creator of Swansea’s next as well. Nacho Monreal had another moment to forget after a really confusing and unnecessary attempt at a clearance via an overhead kick, which obviously ended in disaster and he lost the ball only a couple of yards from the penalty box. Ayew drove powerfully into the box and sam clucas was on hand again to thump the ball into the back of the net. That was the final nail in the coffin for the gunners. Swansea were going to beat two of the big boys on their own patch in consecutive weeks. If this doesn’t give them hope that they can stay up, then I don’t know what will.Arsenal were second best all night, and could have lost by a couple more.Onto some slivers of silver lining. Mikhitariyan had a decent cameo and could definitely add a lot to the team. His passing was good and his agility and ability on the ball was there to see. It will be exciting to see how he fits in to the team, especially if the Aubameyang transfer finally materializes.With all the talk about Aubameyang coming in though, I must digress that he’s not the player Arsenal need right now. I would never say no to a world class striker but a no nonsense, hard nosed centre back, and a tall, rangy, iron lunged defensive midfielder are more pressing requirements. Looking at Petr Cech’s performance, I think it’s time Arsenal start their search for a new goalkeeper as well. I looked at Leroy Fer’s performace last night and kept wondering how well he would have done in the red and white of the gunners.Arsenal’s next 3 opponents are against Everton, Tottenham and then Man City so things aren’t going to get any easier for them. It’s bleak reading at the Emirates and it’s up to Arsene Wenger to stop the rot. Whether the senile Frenchman still has the ability to do so, is an altogether different question.??


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