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

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
Arsenal
3 2
Swansea
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.
Granit Xhaka receives his marching orders. | Photo: Getty Images / Mike Hewitt
Granit Xhaka receives his marching orders. | Photo: Getty Images / Mike Hewitt
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
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
Position Name   Position Name
GK Petr CECH   GK Lukasz FABIANSKI
RB Hector BELLERIN   RB Kyle NAUGHTON
CB Shkodran MUSTAFI   CB Federico FERNANDEZ
CB Laurent KOSCIELNY   CB Jordi AMAT
LB Nacho MONREAL   LB Neil TAYLOR
DM Santi CAZORLA   CM Jack CORK
DM Granit XHAKA   CM Leon BRITTON
RM Theo WALCOTT   CM Leroy FER
AM Mesut OZIL   RW Mo BARROW
LM Alexander IWOBI   LW Wayne Routledge
ST Alexis SANCHEZ   ST Gylfi SIGURDSSON
         
SUB Kieran GIBBS   SUB Sung-Yueng KI
SUB GABRIEL   SUB Mike VAN DER HOORN
SUB Lucas PEREZ   SUB BORJA BASTON
SUB David OSPINA   SUB Kristoffer NORDFELDT
SUB Alex OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN   SUB ANGEL RANGEL
SUB Francis COQUELIN   SUB Stephen KINGSLEY
SUB Mohamed ELNENY   SUB Jay FULTON

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

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.