Arsenal vs. Swansea: Swans' Thumping 2-0 Win as It Happened
Premier League—Arsenal vs. Swansea
Arsenal 0-2 Swansea
Michu 88, 90+1
Arsenal: Wojciech Szczesny; Carl Jenkinson, Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen, Kieran Gibbs; Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere (Rosicky 80'), Santi Cazorla; Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski (Giroud 67'), Gervinho (Oxlade-Chamberlain 67')
Subs: Mannone, Squillaci, Coquelin, Ramsey, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud
Swansea: Gerhard Tremmel; Angel Rangel, Ashley Williams, Chico, Ben Davies; Jonathan de Guzman (Tiendalli 75'), Ki Sung-Yueng, Leon Britton, Nathan Dyer, Wayne Routledge; Michu, Itay Schechter (Moore 67')
Subs: Cornell, Monk, Tiendalli, Agustien, Richards, Moore, Donnelly
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With this latest defeat, Arsenal drop below Swansea and Stoke in the table—all the way to 10th place.
But let's not forget how well Swansea played today. A very strong first half performance deserved a goal, and they eventually got two. Credit is due to the Swans, who play Arsenal's style better than the Gunners do.
Arsenal fans need to keep their heads up, or at least try to. Most of the season remains, and there are many important games yet to be played.
It will be interesting to see how the club reacts, though. Convincing the fans that the Arsenal are a top-team will take radical changes to their financial and footballing philosophy.
An absolutely incredible finish at the Emirates. Arsenal were pressing for a victory, but two stunning mistakes in three minutes gave Michu not one, but two goals to hand Swansea a stunning victory.
Arsenal fans rightly boo their team off the pitch, and one fears that the Gunners' fanbase is about to collapse on itself after this latest disaster.
Michu again! Arsenal commit almost everyone forward, Carl Jenkinson is robbed by Nathan Dyer, Michu rushes through unopposed and easily finishes past Szczesny.
The scene at the final whistle is going to be ugly, but the Swansea fans are in ecstasy.
90+1—We'll have three minutes of stoppage time, as Arsenal desperately try to mount a last attack.
It's Michu on the counterattack! Arsenal's center-backs went to sleep, allowing him to slide past them and latch onto Luke Moore's through-ball.
Clean through on goal, Michu calmly and composedly dinked the ball past Wojciech Szczesny with his left foot to give Swansea the lead.
The crowd showers their team with boos.
88'—What a chance for Vermaelen!
A cross came into the box from the left side, the ball was flicked on, and Vermaelen popped up at the far post with a powerful header. Tremmel was right there, though, and he catches to save Swansea's blushes.
87'—Thomas Vermaelen gets a yellow card, but neither I nor the match announcers I'm following along with know why.
Meanwhile, Arsenal is trying to keep possession in Swansea's half, but the Swans are keeping their shape and doing their best to not let Arsenal through.
85'—What a save by Szczesny!
Tremendous, really. Tiendalli was clean through on the right side and tried to shoot across goal, but Szczesny spread himself wide to deny the winger and prevent the rebound.
Top class goalkeeping.
84'—Arsenal fans groan each time a player passes the ball sideways or backwards.
Swansea attacking again, very patiently.
82'—Given away very cheaply by Santi Cazorla, and Swansea is content to pass the ball around and keep it away from Arsenal.
Tomas Rosicky immediately getting involved, talking to his teammates and pressing from the front.
Arsenal comes forward once again, with some space to work in.
Jack Wilshere comes off and Tomas Rosicky, making his long-awaited return from injury, comes on. He'll be an interesting wildcard.
80'—Arsenal flicking it around, waiting and waiting for the right opportunity to come up.
78'—A bit of a lull now, as Arsenal pass it laterally and Swansea drop about 10 men behind the ball.
The Swans are certainly pressing less as the game wears on, but their organization has gotten better, and now Arsenal is struggling to break them down.
75'— Substitution Swansea
Jonathan De Guzman off, Dwight Tiendalli on. Looks like Angel Rangel will move forward with that change.
Swansea corner, in the meantime.
75'—Arsenal attacking again, but a wayward pass from Cazorla gives it back to Swansea.
Michu then becomes a one-man counterattack, and his shot from a tight angle is saved and held by Wojciech Szczesny.
The Gunners return to Swansea's half and are patiently building their attack, with several players in and around the box.
72'—A huge mistake by Swansea almost puts Olivier Giroud in, and a last-ditch challenge almost gets the Swansea man sent off. He just got a little touch on the ball, though.
Ooh, great chance for Cazorla, he hits the ball sweetly on the volley and forces a good save from Tremmel. Very good stuff from Arsenal.
70'—Swansea makes a substitution as Arsenal does, which I'll tell you about later. This match is very fast-paced at the moment.
Lukas Podolski is replaced by Olivier Giroud. The German still can't complete a full Premier League match.
Gervinho is replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
66'—The game is really opening up now, as Santi Cazorla races up-field by himself, unopposed, to start a promising Arsenal attack.
The Gunners are really pressing hard. Cazorla can't quite get his shot off from a good spot, and Gervinho puts in a wayward cross.
65'—An offside call stops the move, but Swansea make the statement of intent that they needed. Arsenal have still had about two-thirds of possession in the second half, but it's still anyone's game.
Looks like Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are about to come on for Arsenal.
64'—What a save from Szczesny!
Angel Rangel, who is having a fantastic game, took on a defender and found enough space to rifle a shot into Szczesny's near post.
Alert as ever, the Pole needed all his wrist strength to push that around the posts.
Dangerous period for Swansea now.
62'—Tremmel punches away, Arsenal retain possession, the ball falls to Santi Cazorla, and he forces a decent save from the goalkeeper with a dipping, swerving strike.
Also, I would be remiss if I didn't ask: Why is Theo Walcott taking corners?
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