Swansea 3 - 1 Arsenal - 5 Talking Points
Scoreline: Swansea City 3 - 1 Arsenal
Goalscorers: Nacho Monreal 33' Samuel Raymond Clucas 34' 86' Jordan Ayew 61'
As the weeks roll over, Swansea City look less and less deserving of belonging to the substratum of the Premier League table. In a game where they put the strain on Arsene Wenger's men right from the get-go, it was Arsenal that took the lead, against the run of play.
But Swansea returned the favour inside a minute after Clucas ghosted Xhaka and slotted home with his left. The Swans would then waste a couple of gilt-edged chances before Jordan Ayew took advantage of some chucklesome goalkeeping from Petr Cech who effectively gifted Carvalhal's men the lead.
Thereafter, the game was stretched and Arsenal tried to claw their way back into the game but nothing quite worked out. Finally, Clucas' clinical finish on the back of a spectacular Ayew run secured all 3 points for the hosts.
Here are the 5 talking points from the game:
#5 The Aubameyang injection will be more than welcome
Arsenal's one-touch tricky-flicky business is pleasing to the eye these days and not much else. While the Gunners looked well drilled in the passing sector, all the other checkboxes remained unacquainted with ink.
Mesut Ozil was being dealt with effectively up until the 33rd minute when he was afforded an inch of space and Ozil being Ozil, provided Monreal with a perfectly weighted lobbed ball into the area to caress into the back of the net.
But other than that, Arsenal hardly came up with anything to make a case for 3 points last night. Lacazette looked uninspired and with Wenger admitting that Giroud might just have played his last game for Arsenal, things are looking bleak upfront for the Gunners.
Aubameyang, if the reports are true, could very well be leading the line as early as next week, and Arsenal look like they could use that and then some.