When the gunners go on a good run and then loose a game like they did at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night it usually disrupts the momentum and rhythm that’s why I was worried heading to Swansea on Saturday.
A hard enough game anyway away from home at any time off the season let alone after being dumped out the cup in the week and having to travel away to a team that done a league double over us last season with 8 players missing.
I didn’t have the best off feelings going into the game.
Arsenal’s win at the Liberty stadium on Saturday was impressive, a very big 3 points. Arsenal travelled to South Wales with 8 players missing from the squad and gave a Premier League debut to Joel Campbell who had a poor game on Tuesday night against Sheffield Wednesday.
It was a poor first half from the gunners who couldn’t keep the ball, the play with it was very slow with very little movement off the ball, to be fair what didn’t help was Swansea committing several fouls in the 1st half and surprisingly didn’t manage to pick up a booking until the 57th minute.
Swansea played a high tempo pressing game in the first half and didn’t let Arsenal settle and it worked.
That’s one off the things that worry me with Arsenal is when teams press against us we really struggle.
Petr Cech and Koscienly were Arsenal’s two best players in the 1st half and goalkeeper Cech who’s kept 7 clean sheets in Arsenal’s first 11 games has made a massive difference at Arsenal so far this campaign.
Cech showed an example off his quality when Jonjo Shelvey put a great ball through to Gomis who was 1 on 1 with Cech and the keeper kept his cool and made his goal look very small, Gomis tried to round the keeper but eventually Bellerin who had to sprint back from the Swansea half to put it out for a corner.
At that moment I accepted that Swansea would go 1-0 up.
In the past had Arsenal had a goalkeeper like szsceny been in between the sticks Swansea would off had a penalty and Arsenal would have been down to 10 men.
Also in the 1st half Arsenal escaped with a Per Mertasacker hand ball from Sigurdsson’s free kick which was a stone wall penalty and the referee missed it, you sometimes need that bit off luck to go your way.
The 2nd half was a lot different, with Arsenal scoring early in the 2nd half the game changed and what was surprising is Giroud’s header came from Ozil’s corner because The Gunners scoring from a set piece is very rare.
After the deadlock was broken Swansea committed men forward looking for the equaliser as Arsenal sat with numbers behind the ball in a good organised shape and picked Swansea off on the break with quick passing and movement and ended up scoring a 2nd goal through Laurent Koscienly which could also have been chalked off when Koscienly and Giroud jumped with goalkeeper Fabianski for the ball but to be fair it was never a foul on the goalkeeper.
After the 2nd goal the confidence and momentum was with Arsenal and it was like a training session and the football was fantastic to watch.
Mesut Ozil has got a bit off stick in his career at Arsenal but he’s a joy to watch with his control, passing, dribbling with the ball at his feet and creating space for himself off the ball it wasn’t any different against Swansea the German ran the show in the 2nd half at the Liberty by creating 2 off Arsenal’s 3 goals. Anybody who doesn’t appreciate or see what Mesut Ozil brings to Arsenal or any team he’s played in just look at his stats.
I felt sorry for Alexis Sanchez at times yesterday far from his best performance in an Arsenal shirt but he worked really hard and was desperate to score you could tell by his temper and his reactions every time he wanted the ball returned to him after a pass or an opportunity missed he wasn’t happy.
Back to the game and Joel Campbell added a 3rd with a cool finish from Mesut Ozil’s pass across the box and the points were heading back down the M4 to North London.
Not many Gooners seem convinced with Campbell but yesterday put in a very good performance, working very hard on the right hand side tracking back helping Bellerin at right back and showing quick feet at the other end and a cool finish to score Arsenal’s 3rd in the 3-0 win.
That 2nd half performance from Arsenal was fantastic and a very impressive result away at a very tough place to go and win. Lucky not to go in at half time a goal down but if your going to have a chance of winning this league you definitely need the rub off the green on your side and you need to win a tough places like Swansea.
On to Bayern Munich now, that should be easy.
Kyri Christodoulou (AFC Fan)