Swansea 1-3 Arsenal: Arsenal's thunder strikes three times by @Komptrolla
Arsenal bagged another three points away from home to keep pressure on goal difference leaders Manchester City at the Liberty stadium.
Arsenal had failed to beat Swansea in the last three fixtures between the two with Bafetimbi Gomis scoring in both legs last season. Gary Monk named an unchanged side from the one that limped past Aston Villa last weekend while Arsenal made two changes. Per Metersacker coming in for Gabriel Paulista and Joel Campbell on for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.
The affair was cagey from the start, but Bafetimbi Gomis should have given the hosts the lead when Jonjo Shelvy picked him with a sensational pass that beat the Arsenal defense hands down but after rounding Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin raced from nowhere to clear right at the feet of the sluggish Frenchman. Arsenal threatened at the other end with Olivier Giroud connecting a Santi Carzola pass but his curly effort flashed narrowly over.
A couple of offside calls characterized the Swansea offensives as Bellerin kept Montero at bay though he got past the Spaniard on occasions but to no fruition. The best chance of the half for Arsenal fell to Giroud after the half hour mark but his strike went wide. Petr Cech saved from Ayew before Giroud went down worryingly. He was however fit enough to finish the half as the game went into the break goalless.
Arsenal took the deserved lead shortly after the restart. Mesut Ozil's perfectly weighted corner kick was met graciously by the head of Olivier Giroud. Shortly after, like it happened last weekend, Laurent Koscielny capitalized on a Fabianski error to slot into the empty net after the former Arsenal goalie couldn't deal with a tame Carzola cross.
Swansea then had Ayew through on goal but Hector Bellerin somehow cleared his effort off the line though the flag was already up. Joel Campbell then got his name on the scoresheet on his rare start. Mesut Ozil whipped the ball into the area and it somehow missed the trio of Giroud, Williams and Naughton before getting to the Costa Rican who calmly slotted past Fabianski.
There was time for Arsenal to give kid sensation Alex Iwobi his league debut as the gunners ran out 3:0 winners at the Liberty Stadium to continue their march in the league.