Woeful Arsenal well beaten by Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium
Arsenal were beaten 3-1 by Swansea City in their Premier League clash at the Liberty Stadium tonight.
Sam Clucas (2) and Jordan Ayew scored for the home side after Nacho Monreal had put the Gunners ahead.
The win for the Swans has lifted them off the bottom of the Premier League table.
The result earned Swansea back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time this season
The Gunners remain in 6th place in the Premier League table, with 42 points from 25 matches.
Arsenal’s away form in the Premier League this season has been abysmal.
They have picked up just 13 points after 13 Premier League away games (W3 D4 L6).
And they have now gone five successive away matches without a win in all competitions for the first time since November to December 2012.
Swansea City named the same team that began the Premier League home win against Liverpool.
Arsene Wenger recalled Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech.
Jack Wilshere missed out through illness
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was named on the substitutes bench, alongside Olivier Giroud.
The match started in pouring rain, with the defenders on both sides having to take care to put enough weight on the ball with their back passes.
Jordan Ayew had a shot for the home side that took a deflection off Shkodran Mustafi and went over the bar for a corner.
Mohamed Elneny had to time has challenge on Sam Clucas after the midfielder had run into the box, Lee Mason adjudged that he had played the ball and waved away the penalty appeals.
At the other end Alexandre Lacazette was unable to control the ball as the Gunners looked to threaten.
Alfie Mawson, who scored the winner against Liverpool, then had a shot which was deflected narrowly wide.
On the half hour mark, Alexandre Lacazette played in Alex Iwobi. His was heading inside the near post, before Lukasz Fabianski pushed it wide.
And it was the Gunners who took the lead through Nacho Monreal (33rd minute).
It was his fourth Premier League goal of the season. He got on the end of Mesut Ozil’s pinpoint left foot pass at the far post to steer the ball past Lukasz Fabianski into the net.
This being Arsenal the lead didn’t last long.
Swansea City were on level terms a minute later.
Mesut Ozil was again involved in the goal.
Under pressure from Martin Olsson he gave the ball away to Alfie Mawson.
The defender played the ball through to Sam Clucas, who beat Petr Cech with a calm finish. So the wait for Cech’s 200th Premier League clean sheet goes on.
Just before half-time Laurent Koscielny sent a header off target.
The teams went into the break all square at 1-1.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan came off the bench on the hour mark to make his Arsenal debut replacing Mohamed Elneny.
It was the home side though who scored next through Jordan Ayew.
It was a calamity for Petr Cech.
He miskicked a back pass from Shkodran Mustafi. It fell to Jordan Ayew, who put the bottom club ahead.
The Swans could have had a third when Nathan Dyer ran through and shot against the foot of post with eighteen minutes remaining.
Olivier Giroud replaced Alex Iwobi in the 76th minute.
But it was Swansea who wrapped up the three points with their third goal of the night.
Jordan Ayew set it up with a run down the right-wing, before playing the ball into the path of Sam Clucas who beat Petr Cech to claim his second goal of the night.
Next up for Arsenal is a home Premier League match with Everton on Saturday.
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Elneny (Mkhitaryan), Xhaka, Ramsey, Iwobi, Ozil, Lacazette.