Sunday January 6, 2013 3rd Round Finished The Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 2 - 2 Arsenal

  • Michu 58’
  • Graham 87’
  • Podolski 81’
  • Gibbs 84’

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  1. FA Cup - Swansea and Arsenal share Cup draw after late drama

    FA Cup - Swansea and Arsenal share Cup draw after late drama

    After a spectacular second half Swansea and Arsenal shared a 2-2 draw in the third round of the FA Cup at the Liberty Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Swansea City
    • Arsenal
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    • - Wow, what a second half after a turgid first 45 minutes... any thoughts on the drama? Were Arsenal lucky, or were Swansea lucky? Tweet me @symco_eurosport
    • 90+6' And that is that - after a great second half the game ends 2-2. Replay to come at the Emirates Stadium.
    • 90+5' Walcott sends in a cross which Vorm claims low down.
    • 90+4' End-to-end to the end as Koscielny slides to tackle and keep Swansea out.
    • 90+3' Tiendalli crosses, but Arsenal head clear. He has another go, too long this time... Davies crosses and Arteta heads away...
    • 90+2' Five minutes to be added on.
    • 90+1' Now Swansea go close as Michu lays out to the right for Tiendalli with Arsenal stretched... his finish is into the side-netting.
    • 90' Almost a third goal for Arsenal again as Vorm pulls off a stunning block from a Kolscieny header following a Walcott corner then the defender's rebound is blazed over.
    • 89' Breathless last few minutes as this match heads towards a replay... Arsenal corner.
    • 88' Walcott finishes for Arsenal - but he was offside. Almost another one.
    • 87' GOAL FOR SWANSEA! 2-2! Graham with a brilliant finish from the corner of the six-yard box after being fed by Ki with many Arsenal players on the goalline but not marking up!
    • 86' Ki bends a shot for goal which Szczesny blocks but cannot hold and Dyer eventually hooks a shot over the bar.
    • 85' Remarkable turnaround from the Arsenal, whose fans are now singing the Wem-ber-lee song.
    • 84' Gibbs booked for celebrating with the fans.
    • 83' GOAL FOR ARSENAL! 2-1! Brilliant from Gibbs! He plays to Giroud who dinks a return ball over the top for the left-back to volley into the near-post top corner!!!!
    • 81' GOAL FOR ARSENAL! 1-1! PODOLSKI! Walcott's corner is headed back and out by Sagna at the far side. Koscielny gets the ball into the box and the Germany striker turns to hook into the bottom corner.
    • 81' Cazorla strikes the free-kick into the wall and Arteta does the same with the follow-up.
    • 79' Bartley with a wild lunge on former team-mate Wilshere just outside the box. Rush of blood and yellow card.
    • 79' Vorm then does the same at the other end. Arsenal looking to build pressure.
    • 78' Szczesny, put under pressure, clears out of play.
    • 77' Poldi is free in the box as a clearance ricochets off Walcott - but shoots wide from six yards! The flag was up anyway.
    • 77' Podolski down the left for Gibbs whose centre is blocked by Bartley.
    • 76' The jeers from the home fans pipe up again as Sagna races to keep a ball in but loses his footing to allow Swansea to bring the ball out fo defence.
    • 75' Michu back to get a foot in and the ball breaks to Davies, who makes a mistake to let Walcott in on the right... he flashes his finish across the face of goal.
    • 74' Cazorla out to Giroud as Arsenal get men into the box, but he is crowded out.
    • 73' Arsenal change: Podolski on for Ramsey.
    • 72' Michu has men in the middle after losing Laurent Koscielny, but his attempted pass is blocked.
    • 71' Another attack ends with a loose pass into the home box by Ramsey.
    • 70' Calm header back to Vorm - who took the captain's armband from Britton - from youngster Davies, who was a fair few yards outside the box.
    • 69' Swansea change: Leon Britton, who has beavered away in midfield linking play all afternoon, replaced by Kemy Agustien.
    • 68' Cross from Wilshere claimed by Vorm. The final ball has been appalling from Arsenal today.
    • 67' Urgency from Arsenal as they ping passes around. Cazorla lobs a cross into the danger area which Tiendalli heads clear.
    • 66' Wilshere plays a one-two and fires a shot well wide of the target. He didn't catch it right.
    • 65' Ramsey twists and turns in the corner to get a cross in which Giroud heads five yards wide after climbing well. Disappointing finish.
    • 64' Pablo sends in a cross to worry Arsenal, but they survive. We have a Cup tie, folks.
    • 63' Swansea clear the corner easily enough.
    • 62' Gibbs around the back of rival full-back Tiendalli on the left but the former Twente defender executes a fantastic slide tackle.
    • 62' Ki's kick is poor and nodded away by Giroud, back on now, at the near post.
    • 61' Wenger concerned on the touchline as Davies piles forward and wins a free-kick off Sagna down the side of the box. He raised his boot too high.
    • 60' A minute and 13 seconds after coming on. What a signing he has been this season - 15 goals in all competitions.
    • 58' GOAL FOR SWANSEA!!! MICHU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1-0! He's been on the pitch for around a minute when he collects a loose ball and leaves Mertesacker for dead before finishing low past Szczesny!
    • 57' Davies almost caught in possession by Walcott on the left.
    • 57' Play restarts with Giroud off the pitch for now.
    • 56' Swansea changes: Pablo Hernandez on for Routledge and Michu on for De Guzman!
    • 55' The French striker is down hurt.
    • 53' Arsenal attacking at will now. Swansea get the ball clear but Gibbs centres and Giroud's scissor kick from near the penalty spot is blocked by Vorm.
    • 52' Arsenal demand a penalty as Ramsey flies into the box and hits the deck, claiming he was caught by Tiendalli.... Webb waves away the appeals. Replays show that the midfielder clipped his own heel!
    • 51' Arsenal come away on the counter. Walcott turns in the middle and feeds Giroud 25 yards out on the left, who cracks a first-time shot which Vorm saves with his legs.
    • 51' Routledge with a ball down the left for Davies to cross from near the corner flag, but he cannot find a man.
    • 50' Ramsey with a cross defended at the near post by Bartley, but De Guzman cannot complete the clearance and the Welshman has another chance... he tries to skip through from the left but runs out of space.
    • 48' Cazorla nods a ball into the box back for Giroud, who snatches at his shot. It trickles well wide.
    • 47' Cagey immediately from Arsenal, playing the ball in their own half and just over halfway. Gibbs then crosses poorly with Vorm out to catch unopposed.
    • 46' The second half starts with Arsenal now kicking from right to left.
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    • 45' Or any, in fact. Goalless at the break. Should Walcott be stuck up front alongside Giroud, or on his own? Or is Lukas Podolski what Arsene Wenger needs in this one? Tweet me @symco_eurosport
    • 44' The match hasn't lived up the pre-match atmosphere so far. There won't be much injury time.
    • 43' Cazorla with a turn and low strike from 25 yards out that Vorm saves down to his left.
    • 42' Wilshere felled by Ki but again no card. Just the one player booked so far.
    • 41' Flores, who seems to divide opinion on Twitter with some liking his no-nonsense approach and others claiming he is rubbish, calms things down in defence.
    • 40' Again - De Guzman with a cross for Graham that is cleared by a defender.
    • 39' Promising attack from Swansea full-back Tiendalli, but they are lacking options in the middle with just Graham there.
    • 38' Gibbs fouls Dyer in midfield - the game has been quite scrappy at times.
    • 36' The cross is met by the head of Bartley and hits the bar before going over! Mertesacker complains, but there was no foul there.
    • 36' Ramsey booked for a late tackle on De Guzman, who lines up the free-kick, after a nice flick inside from Dyer.
    • 35' Dyer gives the ball away and Arsenal work the ball out to the left and Gibbs, who squares inside for Cazorla - his first-time strike whistles over the bar.
    • 33' Possession football from the home side now, working their way into Arsenal territory. Left-back Ben Davies half-volleys a cross which is just too strong then Dyer sees a shot blocked on the edge of the box. Eventually De Guzman runs the ball out for a goal-kick.
    • 32' Bartley with a strong slide tackle to clear danger on the edge of the Swansea box. He has played well so far.
    • 31' Dyer bends a cross in from near the corner for Graham, but Szczesny is positive and catches on the edge of the six-yard box.
    • 30' A clever move from Arsenal sees Aaron Ramsey take the ball on inside the box, but he wants another touch under pressure from a defender and Vorm is able to claim.
    • 29' Ki Sung-Yueng has space and looks to thread a ball through to Graham, but it is too strong.
    • 28' Right-winger Dyer wins a throw-in then Arsenal force Swansea back again.
    • 27' Cazorla finds Spanish countryman Arteta on the corner of the box as Arsenal attack down the right. The latter's measured chipped cross is nowhere near anyone.
    • 26' Long ball forward from Mikel Arteta seeking Giroud, but Vorm is out to claim on the edge of his box.
    • 25' De Guzman with a clipped ball down the right for Nathan Dyer, but the nippy attacker's control lets him down.
    • 24' Swansea will be inspired by memories of last season's famous Premier League win over Arsenal when the clubs meet again in the FA Cup third round, according to captain Garry Monk, who is on the bench today. Monk relishing Gunners cup clash
    • 23' Howard Webb warns the wall not to raise their arms - and Walcott fires a low strike into the Swansea players anyway.
    • 22' Walcott again on a surge, with Chico taking him out near the edge of the box. Somehow he avoids a booking.
    • 20' Walcott seems to have licence to roam into the middle as he goes on a mazy dribble and feeds Olivier Giroud on the left, who returns the ball to him. Walcott curls one from inside the box but Bartley stands tall to head the shot clear.
    • 19' Sagna wins a free-kick off Routledge but again the set-piece is wasted by the away side. At the other end Swansea win a corner but Arsenal clear easily enough.
    • 17' Nervy moment for Swansea as Arsenal look to nick the ball off them in their defensive third but former Gunner Kyle Bartley - who joined for £1m in the summer - is back to defend. Cool head there from the man who has only one senior appearance to his name so far, and that against Championship strugglers Barnsley.
    • 16' De Guzman with a shot that flies well off-target for Swansea.
    • 15' Arsenal with another free-kick on the right, this time down the side of the box, and Wilshere's left foot will again take it. It is high and too close to Vorm, who claims easily enough.
    • 13' Tiendalli with a long ball forward down the channel and Graham holds off Per Mertesacker to control and shoot for the near post, parried by Szczesny! Great save.
    • 13' Wilshere with another free-kick from the right which home keeper Michel Vorm emerges to catch near the penalty spot.
    • 12' Swansea biding their time - hitting Arsenal on the counter certainly worked at the Emirates in December...
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    • 10' Dutch right-back Dwight Tiendalli springs the offside trap and centres for the hosts, but cannot find a man in the middle. He looked slightly offside from Jonathan de Guzman's ball.
    • 9' The home side on the ball now. Watching on the telly? What do you expect from this match? Tweet me @symco_eurosport
    • 8' Swansea still sitting deep then pressing when the Gunners cross halfway. Walcott has moved out to the right.
    • 7' Good football from Arsenal so far as Wenger looks sternly on. He really wants to win a trophy.
    • 5' Kieran Gibbs nips back to take the ball off Danny Graham in the corner.
    • 4' The first signs of the home team attacking as Wayne Routledge gets a cross in from the right on the counter, but Wojciech Szczesny takes a clean catch in the six-yard box.
    • 4' Jack Wilshere free-kick swung in from the right and Chico Flores concedes a corner.
    • 3' Swansea have barely touched the ball. It's as though Arsenal are laying down a possession challenge to their hosts...
    • 2' Arsenal, in dark blue, with the ball in the opposition half in the opening moments. Theo Walcott tackled on the right but the Gunners get the ball back. Walcott fairly central early on.
    • 1' Off we go in this third-round tie, with Swansea attacking the goal to our left in the first half.
    • 13:25 There is an excellent atmosphere building inside the Liberty ahead of kick-off. The players are now out.
    • 13:20 Arsene Wenger: “It’s a difficult tie, but of course we want to come out on top. The FA Cup is something special because it is exciting, it is watched all over the world. It has a special history in England and I have always respected that. I am always sad when we don't win it or when we go out. We will put our maximum effort in on Sunday to win the game." 'We can build up to silverware'
    • 13:20 Michael Laudrup: “We are going into a very interesting week. We play three games in six days, in three different competitions. But we must take one game at a time, starting with Arsenal on Sunday. It will be a tough game, but we are at home which is very important. We know what to expect from them having played a few weeks ago." 'All pressure on Gunners'
    • 13:15 In 19 previous FA Cup ties with teams from the same division, Swansea have progressed just four times and on neither occasion in the last three years. Arsenal haven’t failed to make the fourth round of the FA Cup since 1996.
    • 13:10 Laudrup has made it clear there is "no way" Michu will be leaving the Liberty Stadium this month. Swansea not interested in selling Michu
    • 13:05 The Jacks have won their last two Premier League matches against Arsenal, 2-0 at the Emirates in December and 3-2 at the Liberty Stadium last January. Michu double hands Swansea shock win at Arsenal
    • 13:00 This will be the fourth FA Cup tie between Swansea and Arsenal, but the first since 1968. Swansea won the first meeting between the sides in 1926 but have since lost the last two.
    • 12:55 The Swans' top scorer Michu, who returned from an ankle injury against Aston Villa, is not risked while Angel Rangel has also recently returned from a calf problem and is alongside him on the bench. Danny Graham again plays up front. With the League Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Wednesday, Michael Laudrup has rested several players with former Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley making a start.
    • 12:52 Swansea's subs: Tremmel, Rangel, Monk, Agustien, Pablo, Shechter, Michu.
    • 12:50 It is a strong Arsenal team: Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud start but Lukas Podolski is on the bench. Per Mertesacker is in the middle of defence alongside Laurent Koscielny as captain Thomas Vermaelen is rested as a sub. Midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) and defender Andre Santos (stomach muscle) are back in training, but only Santos has made the bench. Marouane Chamakh, who looks poised to sign for West Ham, does not feature.
    • 12:45 I'll bring you the Swansea subs when I have them.
    • 12:43 TEAMS - Swansea: Vorm, Tiendalli, Chico, Bartley, Davies, Britton, De Guzman, Ki, Routledge, Dyer, Graham. /// Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Walcott, Cazorla, Giroud. Subs: Martinez, Vermaelen, Santos, Coquelin, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski.
    • 12:40 Welcome to text commentary as Arsenal travel to Swansea's Liberty Stadium in the third round of the FA Cup.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' Now Swansea go close as Michu lays out to the right for Tiendalli with Arsenal stretched... his finish is into the side-netting.
    • 90' Almost a third goal for Arsenal again as Vorm pulls off a stunning block from a Kolscieny header following a Walcott corner then the defender's rebound is blazed over.
    • 87' GOAL FOR SWANSEA! 2-2! Graham with a brilliant finish from the corner of the six-yard box after being fed by Ki with many Arsenal players on the goalline but not marking up!
    • 83' GOAL FOR ARSENAL! 2-1! Brilliant from Gibbs! He plays to Giroud who dinks a return ball over the top for the left-back to volley into the near-post top corner!!!!
    • 81' GOAL FOR ARSENAL! 1-1! PODOLSKI! Walcott's corner is headed back and out by Sagna at the far side. Koscielny gets the ball into the box and the Germany striker turns to hook into the bottom corner.
    • 75' Michu back to get a foot in and the ball breaks to Davies, who makes a mistake to let Walcott in on the right... he flashes his finish across the face of goal.
    • 62' Gibbs around the back of rival full-back Tiendalli on the left but the former Twente defender executes a fantastic slide tackle.
    • 58' GOAL FOR SWANSEA!!! MICHU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1-0! He's been on the pitch for around a minute when he collects a loose ball and leaves Mertesacker for dead before finishing low past Szczesny!
    • 53' Arsenal attacking at will now. Swansea get the ball clear but Gibbs centres and Giroud's scissor kick from near the penalty spot is blocked by Vorm.
    • 52' Arsenal demand a penalty as Ramsey flies into the box and hits the deck, claiming he was caught by Tiendalli.... Webb waves away the appeals. Replays show that the midfielder clipped his own heel!
    • 51' Arsenal come away on the counter. Walcott turns in the middle and feeds Giroud 25 yards out on the left, who cracks a first-time shot which Vorm saves with his legs.
    • 36' The cross is met by the head of Bartley and hits the bar before going over! Mertesacker complains, but there was no foul there.
    • 35' Dyer gives the ball away and Arsenal work the ball out to the left and Gibbs, who squares inside for Cazorla - his first-time strike whistles over the bar.
    • 13' Tiendalli with a long ball forward down the channel and Graham holds off Per Mertesacker to control and shoot for the near post, parried by Szczesny! Great save.
    • 12:52 Swansea's subs: Tremmel, Rangel, Monk, Agustien, Pablo, Shechter, Michu.
    • 12:43 TEAMS - Swansea: Vorm, Tiendalli, Chico, Bartley, Davies, Britton, De Guzman, Ki, Routledge, Dyer, Graham. /// Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Walcott, Cazorla, Giroud. Subs: Martinez, Vermaelen, Santos, Coquelin, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski.

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      Yellow Card 5.5 7
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      Midfielders
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      Substitution Out57′ 5.7 6
      Substitution Out69′ 5.7 6
      5.8 7
      Goal 6.3 7
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  1. liver pool are the best team in the hole world

    From First Namescott, on Sat 19 Jan 14:07
  2. Arsenal...you really need a new manager and less­ foreigners playing. You are becoming the laughing stock­ of the Premier division.

    From THOMAS, on Mon 7 Jan 10:15
  3. I think wenger have to take a little consider about the­ public opinion especially from the gunners fans. Lately­ Sagna and Ramsey play like no speed and character look­ at Gibbs he play so well...why rocisky and ox not­ become a starter player give them more game to sharp­ their ability...keep on playing good gooners

    From Yanuar, on Mon 7 Jan 1:43
  4. arghhh... play like this, seem like not qualify to­ became champion :(

    From syafiq, on Mon 7 Jan 1:23
  5. Manchester reserves draw again.

    From PAMELA, on Mon 7 Jan 0:33
  6. Unlucky Swansea you were by far the better side.

    From Diogenes, on Mon 7 Jan 0:33
  7. Draw is not a bad result for Arsenal as more revenue­ from home match will add to their already strong­ balance sheet and afford future Player purchases. Hope­ Arsenal win.Max from Vancouver

    From Max, on Sun 6 Jan 23:19
  8. Yet again we draw Swansea are a good side but the squad­ Arsenal have we should thrash them 7-3 Walcott is an­ Arsenal legend in his own mind in reality he is a­ mediocre player at best cant remember a season where he­ hasnt been injured.Let him go get 25 million for him­ and buy a decent striker before they are all snapped­ up. So all clubs are in the same boat Robin Van Traitor­ was with us for 8 years and was injured for 7 of them­ one good season he is off same with Walcott he will be­ off if he has a good season he wants over 90,000 a­ week !!!! dont pay him give him a contract that says he­ will be played according to how well he plays!! He owes­ us money !!!!!!!! Who can Wenger buy ???I remember­ Arsenal buying the likes of Malcom McDonald who played­ #$%$ as did Charlie Nicholas !!! throwing money at­ prima doner stars isnt the answer but I have no idea­ what is play for the club because you love Arsenal ???­ those days of Tony Adams are gone i am afraid

    From Michael, on Sun 6 Jan 22:38
  9. Michael Laudrup

    From JET, on Sun 6 Jan 22:02
  10. I would have titled the article "Arsenal hold­ Swansea"

    From Walking Quiet, on Sun 6 Jan 18:15
  11. Good draw at swansea for arsenal. As a manu fan­ i'd like to thank arsenal for the purchase of van­ persie, i know it must be hard to lose such a good­ player, but united have been in the same boat losing­ ronaldo, kanchelskis, beckham etc i hope they win­ something soon but not the premier league yet as­ that's manu's territory, also i'd stick­ with wenger, it's only the financial structure at­ arsenal thats causing any problems not him but­ he's getting the blame.

    From DAVID, on Sun 6 Jan 17:39
  12. Arsenal = Mertesacker + Podolski !!!

    From Saltanat, on Sun 6 Jan 17:11
  13. We were lucky to survive Swansea. We score a goal in­ the 84th minute and Wenger cannot simply change­ formation so that the Gunners can hold out for 10 mins­ and win without a replay. I cannot believe that i will­ ever say it: BUT IT IS TRUE THAT WENGER HAS INDEED ­ LOST THE PLOT! Laudraup is the manager Wenger used to­ be 13 years ago.Cazorla, Arteta, Sagna are overworked.­ Our defence is still seriously suspect. Wenger must­ get busy in the January transfer window. I am still­ devastated that we lost Demba Ba and Holtby! Everybody­ else is buying our transfer targets. Wenger must stop­ dithering and truly get a replacement for Song! Even as­ a Gooner, Swansea were a joy to watch! Gibbs goal is­ sheer class! DO THE RIGHT THINGS NOW MR. WENGER!

    From bruno, on Sun 6 Jan 16:09
  14. sack wenger!!!

    From Mark, on Sun 6 Jan 16:08
  15. Swansea dampened the fire of the gunners!

    From John, on Sun 6 Jan 15:45
  16. I have just look at the draw for the 4th round, I see­ again Man U and Chelsea getting lucky draws!!!

    From kami, on Sun 6 Jan 15:42
  17. Arsenal useless as usual. Need a major change in­ players and management.

    From CLARE, on Sun 6 Jan 15:40
  18. If this had been a boxing fight the Arsenal players and­ Wenger would have had their purses withheld. As a QPR­ supporter , I used to be an Arsenal & Wenger­ supporter too,enjoying their free flowing football.­ However, Arsenal have become every thing I dislike­ about football, second rate, overpaid and too­ temprimental. This season, Arsenal will be lucky to win­ a trophy and I believe they will not qualify for the­ champions league.

    From GERALD, on Sun 6 Jan 15:37
  19. I feel Sagna is going through a bad patch, in the last­ few games he has shown lack of confidence and­ concentration, I think if they want to keep him they­ should first give him a rest, also evaluate his­ psychological situation and help him to get on focus,­ of course he is not the only one!! We need a rethink­ of our defensive strategy, because this is to loose way­ of defending.

    From kami, on Sun 6 Jan 15:35
  20. Still very gutted - how Wenger is letting Walcot­ dictate where he plays is just incomprehensible. For me­ if he's going to sign based on being a center­ striker then please let him go. He's more concern­ with his glory than playing for the team.

    From just lookin, on Sun 6 Jan 15:32
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