Arsenal 3-2 Swansea: Arsenal hold off Swansea - as it happened

Two goals from Theo Walcott helped 10 man Arsenal to a narrow win over Swansea.

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea: Arsenal hold off Swansea - as it happened
Mesut Ozil celebrates a goal on his 28th birthday | Photo: Getty Images / Mike Hewitt
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Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Cazorla, Xhaka; Walcott, Ozil (Gibbs, min. 82), Iwobi (Coquelin, min.68); Sanchez (Oxlade-Chamberlain, min. 82)
Swansea: Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Amat, Taylor; Cork, Britton (Baston, min.60), Fer; Barrow (Rangel, min. 83), Sigurdsson, Routledge
SCORE: 1-0, min. 26, Walcott. 2-0, min. 33, Walcott. 2-1, min. 38, Sigurdsson. 3-1, min. 57, Ozil. 3-2, min. 66, Baston.
REFEREE: Jon Moss (ENG) Booked: Taylor (min. 48) Sent off: Xhaka (min. 70)
INCIDENTS: Premier League, Matchday 8 - Played at Emirates Stadium, London.

So, Arsenal hold on for a valuable and welcome three points over Swansea; their first home league win against the South Wales side in over five years. With City held by Everton elsewehere, and North London rivals Tottenham also dropping points, Arsenal move into joint top spot, for the first time this season.

Two goals from Theo Walcott and a glorious volley by Mesut Ozil on his 28th birthday ensured the victory, but they didn't have it all their own way.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Borja Baston's strikes either side of half time, topped off by a red card  for Granit Xhaka sent Arsenal pulses racing in the last part of the game.

No first win for Bob Bradley, but he can happy with the result all things considered, Arsenal were on top for the majority. 

Sit tight for VAVEL's match report, which is imminent; but that's it from me for the time being. I've been James Eagles, thank you for joining me. Until next time, good afternoon.

Full time scores:

Manchester City 1-1 Everton
Bournemouth 6-1 Hull City
West Brom 1-1 Tottenham
Stoke 2-0 Sunderland


90+4 - CHANCE! No, no hat-trick for Walcott. Oxlade-Chamberlain squares, but his shot clips the bar with the goal gaping.

Granit Xhaka receives his marching orders. | Photo: Getty Images / Mike Hewitt
Granit Xhaka receives his marching orders. | Photo: Getty Images / Mike Hewitt

90+2 - CHANCE! Bellerin weaves his way into the box, but Fabianski denies him again.

90 - Four additional minutes

90 - Corner to Swansea. It's cleared. They try once more.

89 - CHANCE! Fer's header is straight into Cech arms from a dangerous Routledge cross.

84 - CHANCE! It will not go in for Walcott. He gets past Fernandez and tries to shape his shot into the far corner. It hits the inside of the post, rolls across the line and goes out! No hat-trick for him....

83 - SUBSTITUTION: Barrow (OFF), Rangel (ON)

Swansea have one change remaining.

82 - SUBSTITUTION: Sanchez, Ozil (OFF), Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gibbs (ON)

Arsenal have no changes remaining.

80 - Barrow is running this game. He burns past Monreal again before crossing to Sigurdsson, but he blazes the shot well over the bar.

79 - Walcott tries his luck after cutting in from the left. High, wide, not at all handsome.

76 - CHANCE! Routledge crosses to Barrow, but he miscues his header into the arms of Cech.

75 - A free-kick to Swansea as Mustafi wrestles with Sigurdsson.

73 - Walcott is caught offside after a Sanchez pass. It's marginal.

72 - Swansea now have a major chance at a result here...

It's set to be a busy final 20 minutes.

71 - SUBSTITUTION: Cork (OFF), Ki (ON)


A poor challenge on Barrow on the halfway line is greeted by a direct red. Cynical, and probably deserved. How costly will that prove?

His first red for Arsenal, his eighth red in the last two years.

68 - SUBSTITUTION: Iwobi (OFF), Coquelin (ON)

Arsenal have two changes remaining.

66 - GOAL! Swansea pull another one back. Is this over? Barrow beats Monreal before playing a ball that splits Mustafi and Koscielny, and Baston gets his first Swansea goal.

64 - As it stands, Arsenal will go top of the Premier League for now, as Romelu Lukaku has put Everton in the lead against Manchester City.

60 - SUBSTITUTION: Britton (OFF), Borja Baston (ON)

Swansea have two changes remaining.

57 - GOAL! A birthday goal for Ozil! Sanchez lofts a ball in, Fabianski hesitates, but the German doesn't; slamming his volley into the top corner.

56 - CHANCE! Absolutely glorious from Iwobi, weaving past five before nutmegging Fernandez. His cross finds Walcott, but he's denied a hat-trick by Fabianski.

53 - Arsenal wait patiently for an opening, keeping the ball near the Swansea area. Ozil clips a ball into Cazorla, who heads it on, but Taylor hooks the ball clear.

52 - The corner is cleared.

51 - Barrow puts Koscielny under pressure as he chases Cork's through ball, the Frenchman gets a toe on the ball and Mustafi puts it out for a corner.

49 - Fernandez clears the resulting Ozil free-kick.

48 - He doesn't get away with a woeful challenge on Ozil. The first booking of the game.

47 - Taylor gets away with a push in the back on Walcott.

46 - And here we go.

We're close to starting the second half, and it will be Swansea who get us back underway.

Jordi Amat comes close to levelling the scores. | Photo: Getty Images - Mike Hewitt
Jordi Amat comes close to levelling the scores. | Photo: Getty Images - Mike Hewitt

And some half-time scores for you in the other 3pm Premier League fixtures:

Bournemouth 3-1 Hull City
West Brom 0-0 Tottenham
Manchester City 0-0 Everton
Stoke 2-0 Sunderland

HALF-TIME: Swansea showed promise late on, but it's Arsenal who go into the break ahead.

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45+3 - CHANCE! Amat meets Sigurdsson's delivery, but it's a tame header and Cech claims.

45+3 - Swansea have a free kick deep in stoppage time.

45 + 1 - The corner is claimed by Fabianski. Two minutes of injury time.

45 - Again, corner for Arsenal as Sanchez opts to shoot rather than find the overlapping Monreal.

43 - A small delay as Walcott recieves treatment after taking an arm to the face from Amat. Replays show that the Englishman should have been awarded a free-kick.

43 - But Arsenal win another corner from their own attack.

42 - Walcott is down as Swansea attack. Nothing comes of it.

40 - Now Arsenal are shaking. Cech's clearance is poor, but Sigurdsson's touch evades him.

38 - GOAL! Doesn't matter, Arsenal gift the visitors a lifeline. Xhaka tries to bring the ball out from deep, but the Icelandic international Sigurdsson robs him. He does very well to bend his left footed shot past Cech.

38 - Fernandez really isn't having a good time out there today.

Theo Walcott grabs his first of the afternoon. | Photo: Getty Images - Julian Finney
Theo Walcott grabs his first of the afternoon. | Photo: Getty Images - Julian Finney

33 - GOAL! And from that corner, Walcott grabs his second! Fernandez stooped to head Ozil's corner away, but misjudged it horrendously. Walcott took a touch, swivelled and lashed it past Fabianski in the six-yard box.

32 - CHANCE! Wonderful counter by Arsenal. Sanchez plays an off balance ball to Walcott, who plays it first time to Ozil. Bellerin scampers forward and is found by the German, but Fabianski turns his chip behind for a corner.

29 - Swnasea are struggling now. Sanchez latches onto a long ball, after Fernandez and Amat were caught napping, but his lobbed volley just evades the far post as Fabianski advanced.

26 - GOAL! Arsenal take the lead, through Walcott. Not the prettiest in the end, but a well worked move nonetheless. Bellerin snuck in behind Routledge after a glorious chipped ball by Xhaka - his header across goal found Walcott, who managed to turn the ball home. Not the start Bob Bradley would have wanted...

25 - Swansea had a dangerous throw on the right, but Naughton just launched it out for a goal kick. Wasteful from the former Tottenham man.

24 - It's turning into a real end to end affair now. Moments after a failed Swansea attack, Cazorla picks the ball up and tries an audacious, threaded reverse pass to Walcott, but Amat did well to read it.

22 - A mistake by Fernandez allows Arsenal a chance of an attack, Ozil squares to Xhaka, who sets it out onto his fabled left foot, but Britton is out bravely to block.

19 - CHANCE! Swansea are growing into the game now. A slick counter attack looked to have been dealt with by Koscielny, but Barrow picked the ball up on the right. He played in Cork who had space aplenty in the area - his lay off to Fer was perfect, but the Dutchman couldn't keep the shot down.

18 - Swansea enjoying a spell of possession, they've weathered the storm in the first 15 minutes, and look to have composed themselves collectively.

14 - The cameras focus on Bradley. He's gone for the casual look for his Premier League debut, a loose fitting sweater and suit trousers. We'll see if it catches on.

14 - Cork tries his luck from 25 yeards whilst under pressure. The less said the better.

12 - CHANCE! Mustafi meets the corner after escaping the attentions of Amat, but his header cracks against the bar!

12 - Corner for Arsenal. Ozil ambles over to take and is greeted by a pleasant round of applause.

11 - Said corner is taken short and is fruitless.

10 - Promising for Swansea - Barrow takes on Koscielny, and the Frenchman has to bundle the ball behind for a corner.

9 - But nothing comes of it, Arsenal with possession.

9 - Free kick to Swansea by the left hand touchline. Cleared away, and here come the Arsenal sprint relay team.

8 - Routledge nearly sneaks in behind Bellerin, but the Spaniard has more than enough pace to stop any damage.

4 - CHANCE! Speaking of Ozil, he's just spurned a glorious chance. Monreal's low cross in from the left was crying out for a touch, but the German scuffed his shot and it was easily cleared. No birthday goal for now...

4 - Arsenal content to keep possession, with Swansea understandably starting with a rigid defensive structure. Ozil has tried to fashion a chance, but with no luck as of yet.

1 - We're underway!

With just moments to go until kick-off, can Arsenal end their Swansea hoodoo - without a home win in the League against the Swans in a touch over five years?Now would be the perfect time to change that.

Or will Bob Bradley get off to a flying start?

As for Swansea, Bob Bradley makes two changes from Guidolin's last starting 11. Mike van der Hoorn makes way in defence for Federico Fernandez and Borja Baston returns to the bench, with Mo Barrow preferred. His absence means that Gylfi Sigurdsson starts in the middle of a front three.

No changes for Arsenal from their win over Burnley two weeks ago; Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud still sit out due to hamstring, knee and toe injuries respectively - although the trio are expected back soon. Coquelin even makes the bench. Alexis Sanchez continues in his lone striker role for the mean time.


Position Name   Position Name
LM Alexander IWOBI   LW Wayne Routledge
SUB Kieran GIBBS   SUB Sung-Yueng KI

Join me tomorrow afternoon at 2pm, as the teams are announced - with proceedings getting under way one hour later. For now, good night.

Last 5 meetings

Date Competition Home Away Score
2.3.16 Premier League Arsenal Swansea 1-2
31.10.15 Premier League Swansea Arsenal 3-0
11.5.15 Premier League Arsenal Swansea 0-1
9.11.14 Premier League Swansea Arsenal 2-1
25.3.14 Premier League Arsenal Swansea 2-2

Although, a look at the previous encounters between the two sides makes for good reading for Swansea fans - having only lost one of their last five matches against the Gunners, and furthermore, the Welsh side haven't lost at the Emirates in over three years. Food for thought for Arsenal fans.

Last season, their title hopes were all but ended by a shock loss to the Swans, as goals from Wayne Routledge and the now Everton clad Ashley Williams boosted Swansea's survival hopes.


Arsenal succumbed to a late Ashley Williams goal last season. | Photo: Getty Images
Arsenal succumbed to a late Ashley Williams goal last season. | Photo: Getty Images / Catherine Ivill / AMA

A crucial encounter for both sides which is set to impact both ends of the table - with Arsenal looking to close the gap at the top after a poor pair of opening games; however, Arsene Wenger's rejuvenated side are showcasing some glorious football, on an eight game unbeaten run in all competitions. Whilst their late, controversial win over Burnley 12 days ago may not have been the way Wenger envisioned his 20th anniversary match, it showed a change in mentality from previous years.

Meanwhile, Swansea have endured a turbulent fortnight after crumbling against Liverpool at the Liberty. Francesco Guidolin is out, former USA national team manager Bob Bradley is in. His appointment has raised eyebrows up and down the country, having joined from Le Havre in France's second tier. Can he be the man to steady the rocking ship in South Wales? The new owners - Bradley's compatriots - will certainly hope so.

Without a win in six games in all competitions, Bradley has work to do, with the Swans hovering precariously above the mire that is the relegation zone.

Good evening and welcome to VAVEL's live coverage of Swansea City's trip to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, I'm your correspondent, James Eagles. After the international break, the Premier League returns for its eighth matchday of the 2016/17 season.