Arsenal vs. Swansea: Score, Analysis and Grades
It took nearly the entire match to decide this one, but Michu's goal in the 88th minute gave Swansea a lead it would wouldn't relinquish at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, as Swansea defeated Arsenal 2-0.
Michu connected on another strike in extra time, beating the Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for his second goal of the match and ultimately putting the game away for Swansea (h/t Charlie Melman of B/R).
Despite retaining possession for longer and receiving more corner kicks than its opponent, Arsenal was unable to put the ball in the net, as the Swan's goalkeeper, Gerhard Tremmel, made five saves to hold Arsenal scoreless.
The Gunners' loss drops them to 10th place in the table under Swansea and Stoke, with Manchester City leading the field with 15 points.
It's been that kind of season for Arsenal, as BBC Sports tweets:
Arsenal have 21 points after 15 matches. Only in 1994-95, when they had 19 points, have they made a worse Premier League start. #bbcfootball— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 1, 2012
Up next for Swansea will be Norwich on Dec. 8. Norwich defeated the Swans in their last meeting in February 2012 by a score of 3-2.
Arsenal will get a very good West Brom team on Dec. 8 that ranks fifth in the Premier League table.
Michu was the man on Saturday, scoring both goals for the Swans, including the first one in the 88th minute that broke the scoreless drought.
The goal came on the counterattack, as Arsenal's defenders dropped back and allowed a through-ball to Michu, who buried the kick for the score.
Wojciech Szczesny: B-
Arsenal's lackadaisical defense is more to blame for Michu's two goals than Szczesny is.
The Gunners' D allowed a nice through-ball to Michu, via Luke Moore, on the first goal and then committed too many defenders forward on the second one.
Szczesny made five saves in the match, and had it not been for his play, Arsenal fans could be looking at an uglier loss.
Gerhard Tremmel: A
Tremmel made several nice saves against the Gunners, including one during the 72nd minute off the foot of Santi Cazorla and another on Cazorla in the 49th minute on a corner kick.
Although the Gunners didn't play well as a whole, this game could have went either way if it weren't for Tremmel's saves in net.
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