Second-half comeback earns Arsenal win over the Swans
Arsenal came from a goal behind at half-time to earn a 2-1 win over Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.
The victory keeps Arsenal in 5th position in the Premier League table.
The defeat leaves Swansea City one place above the relegation places in 17th position in the Premier League table.
Arsenal have now won their last 13 games at the Emirates in all competitions, their longest ever winning run at the stadium.
Arsene Wenger started with the eleven who won 5-2 against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
The Gunners though produced an insipid first half performance in front of a quiet home crowd.
Former Gunner Lukasz Fabianski had to make saves from Alexis Sanchez, but generally the Swans well organised defence kept Arsenal in check.
It was a surprise though when the visitors took the lead in the 22nd minute.
As with the two goals Arsenal conceded against Everton it was entirely of their own making.
An out of sorts Laurent Koscielny misjudged the flight of the ball.
On loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham played the ball through to Sam Clucas.
Petr Cech hesitated in coming out and Clucas slipped the ball past him into the net.
It could have got worse for Arsenal just before half-time
Jordan Ayew dispossessed a dithering Per Mertesacker inside the penalty area, but Cech blocked the shot with his knee.
Arsenal came out early for the start of the second half and were on level terms within six minutes.
Sead Kolasinac thumped the ball into the net after a sustained period of Arsenal pressure.
The Gunners should have taken the lead shortly afterward, but Koscielny headed wide from close range.
It was Kolasinac though who provided another telling contribution. The Bosnian turning goal provider in the 58th minute.
His cross was turned into the net at the near post by Aaron Ramsey. It was Ramsey’s 50th Arsenal goal. He is the 11th player in the Arsene Wenger era to score 50+ goals.
Arsenal enjoyed plenty of possession for the remainder of the match, but were unable to score a third goal.
They had to enjoy a nervy finish, but Paul Clement’s team were unable to create a clear opening to force an equaliser.
It’s the third time that Arsenal have come from behind to win a Premier League match this season.
It was also Arsene Wenger’s 40oth home in his Arsenal tenure (213 at the Emirates Stadium, 185 at Highbury).
Next up for Arsenal is a home match against Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday, followed by a trip to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday week to take on Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Arsenal: Cech 6, Bellerin 7, Koscielny 6, Mertesacker 6, Monreal 7, Kolasinac 8 (Holding), Xhaka 6, Ramsey 7, Ozil 6, Sanchez 6, Lacazette 6 (Giroud)