Swansea 2 (Sigurdsson 75, Gomis 78) – Arsenal 1 (Sanchez 63)
Man of the Match – Jefferson Montero (Swansea City)
Arsenal succumbed to a disappointing second loss of the season on a wet night in Wales, against Swansea City. Despite taking the lead, the Gunners threw it away for the second time in a week, after the shambolic 3-3 draw against Belgian champions Anderlecht.
Young Callum Chambers was run ragged by Swansea’s attackers, especially by pacy Ecuadorian winger Jefferson Montero. Chambers also survived a penalty appeal when he shoved Ivory Coast international striker Wilfried Bony to the ground inside the box. The first half was a cagey affair, with both teams stifling out each other in the centre of the park. Arsenal’s first shot on target came seconds before the half time whistle, when Welbeck combined with Sanchez to force former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski into a save.
Arsenal showed flashes of their superiority towards the end of the first half, and they started the second half on a bright note, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wasting an excellent opportunity when his shot was saved by Fabianski. Minutes later, the Gunners were in the lead, when Danny Welbeck latched on to a poor pass from Bony, beat Swansea captain Ashley Williams to set up Alexis, 6 yards away from goal. It was the Chilean’s 12th goal in 14 games for the club.
Arsenal looked in control, but that would change in the next 15 minutes. Former Sp*rs midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson unleashed an unstoppable free-kick after Kieran Gibbs had fouled Swansea debutant Modou Barrow. 3 minutes later, Jefferson Montero who had given Chambers a torrid time all evening, crossed in for France striker Bafetimbi Gomis to head the ball past a stranded Szczesny. Arsenal hoofed some long balls in search of an equalizer, but it was not enough.
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