Swansea 0-2 Arsenal: As It Happened
Swansea 0-2 Arsenal
Swansea: Vorm; Rangel, Williams, Monk, Davies; Britton, de Guzman, Ki (Routledge 66'), Dyer (Moore 76'), Hernandez; Michu
Subs: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Bartley, Lamah, Routledge, Schechter, Moore
Arsenal: Fabianski; Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Arteta, Diaby (Ramsey 71'), Cazorla; Walcott (Gibbs 86'), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Gervinho 71'), Giroud
Subs: Szczesny, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Ramsey, Gervinho, Gibbs, Coquelin
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A massive result for Arsenal, who largely outplayed their nemesis Swansea, and have achieved a result that goes a long way toward securing qualification for next season's Champions League.
Two players really had a weight lifted off their shoulders today. Nacho Monreal picked the perfect time to score his first goal for Arsenal, and Gervinho hits the back of the net for the first time in 2013 after constantly getting flak from fans.
Even Fox Soccer's presenters are forced to praise the Gunners' display today. Arsene Wenger will be very satisfied.
Gervinho seals it for Arsenal!
Hernandez's misplaced pass started an Arsenal counterattack, and Aaron Ramsey found Gervinho totally unmarked in the middle of the pitch. Clean through, the Ivorian finished well, and Arsenal have the points.
90+1' Three minutes of added time.
90' Ooh, what a chance for Santi Cazorla, in acres of space outside the penalty area. Drove a left-footed bullet that was deflected just wide of the far post, and Arsenal have a corner.
Swansea defend it well, and play returns to Arsenal's half.
88' Good, if slightly scrambled, defending from Arsenal, as they avert really serious danger yet again. Positive signs for the Gunners defensively, but they just need to finish this game off.
85' Arsenal substitution
Kieran Gibbs replaces Theo Walcott in an obviously defensive substitution.
This is the first time that Gibbs and Monreal have been in the same 18-man squad, and now on the pitch together.
84' Jonathan de Guzman went for goal, and half of the Liberty Stadium was celebrating a goal as he hit the side netting. Arsenal escape.
83' Yellow card for Mikel Arteta as he fouls Pablo Hernandez just beyond the left corner of the penalty area. Dangerous free-kick.
81' Abnormally good defending from Arsenal is stopping many of Swansea's attacks before they can get really threatening. This time it's Nacho Monreal, who actually committed handball in the process, but got the job done.
79' Swansea's corner is defended a bit nervously by Arsenal, but they get the job done, despite Fabianski's missed attempted punch.
A Gunners counterattack produces a blocked Theo Walcott shot and nothing else.
78' Arsenal playing with renewed pace and purpose now, and I wouldn't put it past them to get a second, as Gervinho's strike takes a deflection that brings it into the breast of MIchel Vorm.
76' Swansea substitution
Luke Moore replaces Nathan Dyer.
Nacho Monreal scores his first goal for Arsenal!
There was a bit of a scramble after a corner and Santi Cazorla tried to lay it off for Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman bobbled it right into the path of Monreal, who struck a relatively tame low ball right into the bottom corner.
Finally, we have a goal.
73' Gervinho immediately gets involved, but his final ball is typically awful. Compared to the way Oxlade-Chamberlain pulls the ball back across the box, that was horribly tame.
71' Arsenal double substitution
Gervinho for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a slightly questionable move, I must say, and:
Aaron Ramsey for the languid Abou Diaby.
70' Arsenal trying to attack, but it's all too tentative. The passing is too slow, Swansea are too organized, and it just doesn't look like the quality is there today.
68' A precarious statement.
I hope I don't regret these words, but I feel more comfortable with Fabianski in there than Szczesny.— Arsenalist (@arsenalist) March 16, 2013
66' Swansea substitution
Wayne Routledge is introduced for Sung-Yong Ki.
66' Wayne Routledge preparing to come on for Swansea. Isn't it time for Arsene Wenger to start thinking about substitutions? Tomas Rosicky for Abou Diaby would make a ton of sense.
62' Corner for Swansea, as Hernandez creates a bit of confusion in the box and boots it off Carl Jenkinson's leg.
A bit nervously defended, and Swansea have a throw-in near the opposite corner flag.
Offside Swansea, and that's that.
60' Decent strike from Hernandez, but instead of curling back into Lukasz Fabianski's far post, the ball tailed away.
57' Poor pass from Olivier Giroud ends an Arsenal counterattack, but Swansea are finding themselves unable to break Arsenal down.
Oh dear, Abou Diaby. The Frenchman made a lung-busting run and attempted to take the ball around the box himself, but his last touch was Gervinho-esque and the whole move goes to waste. So disappointing.
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