No, Emmanuel Frimpong didn't just take a "Judo Kick!" to the chest. What he DID do is miss the target. Horribly. And he wasn't alone. Arsenal created something in the area of 20 shots yesterday and managed to be "on target" with only four of them. Granted, some such as Ramsey's shot from outside the box were close, but close only counts in hand grenades. You simply can't score without putting the ball within the boundaries of the goal itself.
The normally clinical Robin van Persie missed a golden opportunity or two as well, with passes coming in to his weaker foot where he couldn't execute the appropriate volley or one-touch it into the back of the netting. His second-half shot that rolled off the post to the right was masterfully opened and taken but, ultimately, it was also still a miss. The gunners MUST improve their aim!
Lack of discipline. No red cards for the Gunners today, but their lack of discipline is still evident. Frimpong is a strong, youthful and exuberant presence on the pitch, but his aggression needs to be controlled. Once again, he gave up a foul on the edge of the box that led to possible points. A lethally honed in Manchester United side showed what they could do from well-placed set pieces and Arsenal were lucky to get away with it this week.
Theo Walcott was booked for complaining. He just simply stopped play. How often do you her the term, "play until the whistle?" Not only was the whistle not blown, but Theo also gave up, threw his hands in the air and simply walked away from possession, allowing Swansea to take the ball. You don't just stop. Ever. No need for us to have two sulky Arshavin types when calls don't go their way.
Arteta's reputation precedes him and that is, perhaps, the only reason that he was not the recipient of two yellow cards as his tackles in the second half were sometimes late and pretty powerful. They weren't dirty, but he was dragging his boot behind play and it eventually led to referee Stuart Attwell deciding that enough was enough.
Most importantly, lack of discipline saw yet another golden opportunity squandered on the counter-attack. Towards the end of the game, with a hard-charging 4-v-1, Ramsey got a hold of the ball on his weaker foot and promptly gave the ball back to the one Swansea City player between the Arsenal attack and the keeper. Every now and then, a defensive player makes an interception like that because he possesses the mental acumen to read the game and make a brilliant play. In this case, it was horrible execution by a side that was hurrying instead of maintaining their composure and turning overwhelming odds into a second goal to seal the victory.
Still no creativity. There were certainly moments of inspired play, chiefly some through passes by Arteta and a wonderful cross by Gibbs that Chamakh almost scored from, but this was not the Arsenal we are used to seeing. THAT team has shown up only in the Champions League and even then, only for moments. Benayoun looked to provide an attacking spark, but his control of the ball was a bit careless. The Gunners sorely miss the presence of Jack Wilshere who commands the midfield with flair and ability, but they will be getting Gervinho back next week and perhaps that will inspire the midfielders to play more audaciously and creatively as he drives forward. It's only the first game with the new acquisitions, but if Arsenal are to be successful, they must find that swagger that inspires creativity.