0-1, min. 37, Giroud. 0-2, min. 54, Cork (o.g). 0-3, min. 67, Naughton (o.g). 0-4, min. 73, Sanchez.
Swansea City 0-4 Arsenal: Arsenal stroll to success - as it happened

Swansea City 0-4 Arsenal: Arsenal stroll to success - as it happened

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James Eagles
Swansea CityFabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Kingsley; Ki, Sigurdsson, Cork (McBurnie, min. 70); Dyer (Fer, min. 55), Llorente (Borja Baston, min. 70), Routledge
ArsenalCech; Gabriel, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Xhaka; Sanchez (Welbeck, min. 79), Ozil (Lucas, min. 79), Iwobi; Giroud (Oxlade-Chamberlain, min. 60)
REFEREEMike Jones. Booked: Ki (min. 43)
INCIDENTSMatchday 21 of the 2016/17 Premier League. Played at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea.
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0-1, min. 37, Giroud. 0-2, min. 54, Cork (o.g). 0-3, min. 67, Naughton (o.g). 0-4, min. 73, Sanchez.

The scoreline is harsh on Paul Clement, but there's no doubting that Arsenal deserves all three points this afternoon. They scored just half of their goals, through Giroud and Sanchez, with Iwobi strikes inducing two own goals from Cork and Naughton.

Two worries for Wenger. Giroud had a sizeable ice-pack on his ankle, and Sanchez threw a strop in essence after being taken off. But there are two sides to every story - you can't deny the fact he loves playing football. Arsenal up to third.

But for now, I've been James Eagles, thank you so much for joining me. We must do this again.

FULL TIME: SWANSEA CITY 0-4 ARSENAL

Three minutes of additional time. Many more Swansea fans leave their seats.

89: CHANCE! Swansea push for something to shout about. Routledge's cross finds McBurnie in the box, but his header goes over. He feels that a corner should have been given.

87: Another effort from Xhaka, it's on target but is easier for Fabianski to hold.

84: CHANCE! Arsenal come forward in search for a fifth. A low cross isn't cleared and falls to Xhaka, who sets it onto his left and fires a shot that's held by Fabianski. I'm sure he's just happy there was no deflection, for once.

84: Sanchez is now firmly tucked underneath his jacket, very unhappy about being taken off.

80: McBurnie makes a charge down the line, but Fer falls over when trying to meet his cut back.

79: SUBSTITUTION: Ozil, Sanchez (OFF), Lucas, Welbeck (ON)

Arsenal have no changes remaining.

It's four for Arsenal, and this time it's Sanchez. A slick move by Arsenal as Iwobi finds Oxlade-Chamberlain, who cuts the ball back to Ramsey. His effort is blocked by Kingsley, but Sanchez is first to react to the loose ball.

73: GOAL FOR ARSENAL!

70: SUBSTITUTION: Cork, Llorente (OFF), Borja Baston, McBurnie (ON)

Swansea have no changes remaining.

When you're at the wrong end of the table, nothing goes your way. It's another own goal off of an Iwobi shot. He teases Fernandez before firing a low drive that cannons off of Naughton and leaves Fabianski hapless once more. Paul Clement turns away in disbelief.

67: GOAL FOR ARSENAL!

65: CHANCE! A corner falls to Fernandez, but once more for Swansea, his first time strike goes over the bar. The wrong man in the right place....

62: CHANCE! Swansea come forward again, Routledge with a sharp turn and shot, and Cech gets down well.

60: SUBSTITUTION: Giroud (OFF), Oxlade-Chamberlain (ON)

Arsenal have two changes remaining.

55: SUBSTITUTION: Dyer (OFF), Fer (ON)

Swansea have two changes remaining.

And they do have a second, and a very fortuitous one, but they have come out the blocks very quickly in the second half. After a mess in the box, the ball is worked to Iwobi, whose low drive loops up off of Cork and evades Fabianski.

They all count...

54: GOAL FOR ARSENAL!

53: CHANCE! Great save from Fabianski. It's a deluge of Arsenal pressure; Sanchez' delightful disguised pass finds Ramsey, but the Pole blocks his shot from close range. Iwobi's follow-up is deflected behind.

50: Sumptuous from Sanchez to turn away from Naughton. He marauds forward, but Swansea snuff the move out after a switch pass.

45: We're back underway! Giroud is still on for Arsenal.

Very promising from Swansea. Paul Clement looks to have organised his side, and managed to extract every last ounce of effort, with the hosts piling the pressure on Arsenal when they look to keep the ball.

But, for all their efforts, they are behind.

As for the visitors, they are still lacking that famous Arsenal swagger.

Some scores from around the grounds:

Burnley 0-0 Southampton
Hull City 1-1 Bournemouth
Sunderland 1-3 Stoke City
Watford 0-0 Middlesbrough
West Ham United 0-0 Crystal Palace
 

HALF-TIME and a chorus of boos for the penalty refusal greets it.

One minute of additional time.

45: CHANCE! Another loose pass, this time by Gabriel puts Dyer in, but he lashes his shot over. These misses could hurt Clement's side.

43: NO PENALTY! Swansea come forward and work their way into the box, Llorente drops the ball off to Ki, who goes over under the challenge of Koscielny, and there's a moment of confusion, before referee Jones books the South Korean for simulation.

Replays show it was the correct decision.

41: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is being readied. I'm not convinced Giroud can continue.

Giroud looks in slight discomfort, but he carries on.

Once more, it's Olivier Giroud, who gets his fifth in as many matches. And it was a lovely, counter-attacking move; the chance looked to have gone, as Giroud couldn't reach Ramsey's ball across goal. Sanchez kept it alive and found the head of Ozil. His effort fell to Giroud, who blasted home. Arsenal haven't rolled Swansea over, but they take the lead.

37: GOAL FOR ARSENAL!

35: A little break in play after a rash tackle on Monreal by Dyer. The Spaniard isn't happy about the lack of yellow cards today.

28: CHANCE! Sanchez cuts in onto his right foot and rifles a venomous shot towards the near post, but Fabianski holds it.

26: The game is turning into a midfield battle, with both sides battling to keep the ball - but both are prone to conceding possession early. Both Reine-Adelaide and Maitland-Niles are warming up.

21: Foul on Monreal by Naughton.

19: Another poor backwards pass leads to a corner, this time for Arsenal. The corner finds Giroud, but a free kick is given.

17: The corner is cleared by Monreal.

16: Arsenal are shaking. Koscielny's header to Mustafi is weak, and under pressure from Sigurdsson, he can only put it out for a corner.

14: CHANCE! Another effort for Swansea, who look promising. Routledge feeds Sigurdsson, but he can't keep his strike from 20 yards out down.

11: CHANCE! Cech needed for the first time today. Naughton tries an ambitious half-volley from the corner of the box and the 'keeper has to get down to tip it round the post. The resulting corner falls to Cork, who blazes a shot over.

7: Xhaka gives the ball to Dyer carelessly, and Koscielny has to be alert to cover.

4: Arsenal get beyond the Swansea defence, but Sanchez' cross is nodded away by Fernandez. Swansea are pressing the Gunners.

3: Arsenal come forward, but a slick move is ended by a sloppy Ramsey pass.

1: We're underway!

Two changes for Arsene Wenger from the late Bournemouth draw - both forced. Gabriel deputises for Bellerin and Mesut Ozil returns from illness.

Only one change from that victory over Palace for Paul Clement. Nathan Dyer comes in for Jay Fulton, with Gylfi Sigurdsson dropping back to a more familiar central midfield position.

Position Name Position Name
GK Lukasz FABIANSKI GK Petr CECH
RB Kyle NAUGHTON RB GABRIEL
CB Federico FERNANDEZ CB Shkodran MUSTAFI
CB Alfie MAWSON CB Laurent KOSCIELNY
LB Ben KINGSLEY LB Nacho MONREAL
CM Sung-Yueng KI CM Aaron RAMSEY
CM Gylfi SIGURDSSON CM Granit XHAKA
CM Jack CORK RM Alexis SANCHEZ
RW Nathan DYER AM Mesut OZIL
ST Fernando LLORENTE LM Alex IWOBI
LW Wayne ROUTLEDGE ST Olivier GIROUD
       
SUB Kristoffer NORDTFELT SUB David OSPINA
SUB ANGEL RANGEL SUB Ainsley MAITLAND-NILES
SUB Mike VAN DER HOORN SUB Rob HOLDING
SUB Jay FULTON SUB Jeff REINE-ADELAIDE
SUB Leroy FER SUB Alex OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN
SUB BORJA BASTON SUB Lucas PEREZ
SUB Oliver MCBURNIE SUB Danny WELBECK

Join me from 2:00pm as the teams are announced for live and uninterrupted coverage of Swansea v Arsenal. You won't want to miss it.

Predicted lineups

Swansea (4-2-3-1):
Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Amat, Kingsley; Britton, Cork; Dyer, Sigurdsson, Routledge; Llorente

Arsenal: (4-2-3-1): Cech; Gabriel, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Xhaka; Perez, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud

Arsenal also "boast" a long injury-list. Santi Cazorla (achilles), Mathieu Debuchy, Coquelin (both hamstring), Theo Walcott (calf), Per Mertesacker, Kieran Gibbs (both knee), Hector Bellerin (ankle) and Mohamed Elneny (International duty with Egypt) are all unavailable.

Swansea have a few worries squad-wise going into their first home match of 2017. Jefferson Montero (hamstring), Neil Taylor (cheekbone) and new £4 million Dutch signing Luciano Narsingh (calf) are all out. Mo Barrow (knock), who had a brilliant game in the reverse of this clash is a doubt.

And a look at the five previous meetings between the two sides:

Date Competition Home Away Score
15.10.2016 Premier League Arsenal Swansea 3-2
2.3.2016 Barclays Premier League Arsenal Swansea 1-2
31.10.2015 Barclays Premier League Swansea Arsenal 0-3
11.5.2015 Barclays Premier League Arsenal Swansea 0-1
9.11.2014 Barclays Premier League Swansea Arsenal 2-1

Meanwhile, Arsenal have slipped outside the top four, lying eight points off leaders Chelsea. At the start of December, that gap was only three points. Christmas and the start to the New Year has been tough on the club, as they search for a first Premier League title in 13 years. The various rumours regarding Alexis Sanchez' future have not been a welcome addition. However, the French trio of Francis Coquelin, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Kosicelny all signing new deals has brightened the mood somewhat.

Clement is no stranger to Arsenal, having been scouting them in recent weeks as Carlo Ancelotti's right-hand man at Bayern Munich. The Englishman has major work to do have Bob Bradley's maligned spell, that started with a defeat to Arsenal in October. Under the reign of the American, Swansea managed to score 14 goals in 11 matches. However, in that same period, they shipped 29 - the most of any Premier League club -  and only earned a miserly eight points. 

On that same night, Arsenal clawed their way back from 3-0 down with 20 minutes to go to claim a point against Bournemouth. And whilst they showed good strength to overturn an early deficit in the FA Cup to Preston on the weekend, Gunners fans need to see a marked improvement if they are to have any chance in closing the gap at the top.

With Swansea now on their third manager for the season, Paul Clement seeks for his second win in his first two and a half games - he drifted down to the technical area to help the Swans claim a crucial late win over fellow relegation rivals Crystal Palace.

Good afternoon and welcome to VAVEL's live coverage of Arsenal's trip to Wales, to face the struggling Swansea City. Once again, I'm your correspondent, James Eagles. Can Arsenal find their rhythm again after two sub-par performances against Bournemouth and Preston North End?

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