EPL 2016/17: Arsenal 3-2 Swansea City - 5 Talking Points
The Gunners continued from where they left off before the international break, as Theo Walcott scored a brace inside the first 33 minutes to give his side a comfortable 2-0 lead. But Granit Xhaka’s mistake at the edge of the box allowed Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson to score a marvellous left-footed shot which meant that Arsenal went into half-time with just a goal ahead.
However, Mesut Ozil scored after combining with Alexis Sanchez just after the break to give Arsenal a two-goal cushion. But a second goal for the visitors by substitute striker Borja Baston coupled with Xhaka’s red card meant that the Gunners had to fight it out in the last 20 minutes, which they eventually did to register their sixth consecutive league victory.
Here are the major talking points from the game:
#1 Mesut Ozil celebrates birthday in style
Mesut Ozil came to Arsenal three seasons ago and has since won recognition as being one of the best playmakers in the world. The German international celebrated his 28th birthday in style as the Gunners beat Swansea City to get the three points at home.
The former Real Madrid player was very good on the ball throughout the game and was picked up in the box by Alexis Sanchez and hit it on the volley to make it 3-1 to the Gunners after the 57th minute.
Ozil’s birthday will be even happier after the goal and win, which sees his team climb to the 2nd spot in the Premier League table.
Arsenal’s number 11 has been at the peak of his career in the past two seasons and as he turns 28, he will be hoping to make the most of his peak years and help Arsenal in finally winning a major trophy.