Sunday January 15, 2012 Day 21 Finished The Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 3 - 2 Arsenal

  • Sinclair 16’ (pen.)
  • Dyer 57’
  • Graham 70’
  • van Persie 5’
  • Walcott 69’

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  1. Swansea win Arsenal thriller

    Swansea win Arsenal thriller

    Arsenal missed the chance to close the gap on the Premier League's top four after they lost 3-2 to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Swansea City
    • Arsenal
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4' The final whistle goes and Swansea City beat Arsenal - Thierry Henry and all! it's a win which moves them up into the top half of the table too!
    • 90+3' Swansea substitution: Leroy Lita replaces Graham.
    • 90+2' Great desire and team work from Swansea as they look to resist the inevitable late siege from Arsenal. Can they hold out?
    • 90' The fourth official signals four added minutes just as Swansea labour in clearing a Van Persie free-kick.
    • 89' Rosicky surges forward and is denied with his solid strike by an acrobatic save from Vorm. The ball drops for Koscielny to try an eye-catching leaping volley that again Vorm is equal to.
    • 86' Oxlade-Chamberlain twists and turns inside the box before crossing for Rosicky, but the Czech midfielder is unable to emulate Marco van Basten with his attempted volley from an acute angle.
    • 83' Ramsey gets in front of his marker at the near post but his solid header is right at Vorm.
    • 82' Swansea substitution: Wayne Routledge replaces Dyer.
    • 81' Ramsey is truly having a nightmare today. His efforts to help out in defence almost end with him conceding a corner.
    • 80' Rangel comes forward and sneaks the ball to Graham. The striker has the chance to shoot but elects the play the ball inside and the chance goes. Swansea tried to walk it in there.
    • 78' Ramsey loses the ball in midfield again, this time to Sinclair. The scorer of the penalty surges forward but he and Graham get in each others' way and the move fizzles out.
    • 77' Arsenal substitution: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Mertesacker.
    • 76' Vorm punches Van Persie's corner clear. Arsenal try to keep the pressure on but Mertesacker clumsily fouls and the move is over.
    • 75' Walcott gets his cross around Taylor but Williams puts behind for a corner.
    • 74' Henry heads Miquel's cross back across goal but he was offside as he prepared to do so.
    • 72' The corner lands in the melee in the middle of the box and Mertesacker fires wide from six yards out! The defender just swung a leg out and skewed the ball wide! What a miss!
    • 71' Swansea are temporarily down to 10 men as Graham receives treatment on the sidelines. Henry's cross is deflected over the net for a corner.
    • 70' GOAL!! SWANSEA 3-2 ARSENAL!! Graham gets in front of his marker as they race for Sigurdsson's through ball and the striker hits a low first-time strike across Szczesny and into the far corner!
    • 69' GOAL SWANSEA 2-2 ARSENAL!! Djourou plays a great ball through for Walcott, who is played onside by Caulker. The England forward lifts the ball over Vorm for the equaliser!
    • 67' Arsenal getting more joy in the Swansea half now. Henry playing quite deep and wide so far.
    • 66' No visiting side has scored more than once at the Liberty Staduim in the Premier League this season. Arsenal will have to do that to salvage a point.
    • 64' Sigurdsson escapes the clutches of Miquel by the corner flag but tries one trick too many and loses the ball. It's been all Swansea since Dyer's goal.
    • 63' Arsenal substitution: Thierry Henry and Tomas Rosicky replace Arshavin and Benayoun.
    • 62' Good delivery from Sigurdsson, and Song heads behind for another corner.
    • 61' Koscielny makes a vital tackle on Graham inside the box and is perhaps unfortunate to give away the corner.
    • 60' Sigurdsson dinks a ball into the box and Djourou has to clear for a corner.
    • 59' Wenger has seen enough. Henry is getting ready to come on.
    • 58' That's Dyer's fourth goal of the season and his third in as many games!
    • 57' GOAL!! SWANSEA 2-1 ARSENAL!! Allen robs Ramsey of the ball all too easily in the final third. He plays the ball square to Dyer who gets the ball stuck under his feet but still manages to dig out a strike that goes over Szczesny and into the net!
    • 56' Sigurdsson's heavy touch has the ball runing to the byline. The Icelander tries a slick turn on the line past his marker which almost comes off, but it runs out of play.
    • 54' Sigurdsson makes his Premier League debut. He scored nine times in his 36 Bundesliga appearances for Hoffenheim. He had previously never appeared in a top flight competition, having previously played for Reading.
    • 53' Joe Allen lets the ball run across him before firing from the edge of the box and the strike flies past the far post! Not sure Szczesny had that covered!
    • 52' Walcott tries to give and go with Arshavin but the Russian is well tackled by Williams.
    • 51' Another corner to Swansea, and this time Dyer fires over from the edge of the box.
    • 49' Sigurdsson's first act is to tkae a Swansea corner. again it's headed clear but again Swansea retian possession. arsenal do manage to break but Taylor tracks Walcott before robbing him of the ball.
    • 48' Walcott controls well and finds Benayoun on the edge of the box. The Israeli squares for Arshavin who has plenty of time and space but fires his first-time shot way over the bar!
    • 47' Thierry Henry gets a big cheer fromt he away end as he goes for a jog up the touchline.
    • 46' Arsenal get the second half underway!
    • HT Swansea substitution: Gylfi Sigurdsson repalces Agustien.
    • 45+2' It's half-time and we're all square at the Liberty. The second-half is nicely poised.
    • 45+2' Song scoops a clever pass over the top but Walcott is makred tightly and unable to control it.
    • 45+1' The fourth official signals two minutes of added time at the end of the first half.
    • 45' Arshavin whips in the dead ball and Walcott's glancing header is on target but right at Vorm. Imagine that. Walcott scoring with a header...
    • 44' Caulker hesitates a little too long in his own final third, and Arsenal are rewarded for their pressing with a throw. The Gunners then win a free-kick for Leon Britton tugging on Miquel's shirt.
    • 43' Swansea still controlling the possession. So good to see a team come up to the top flight and remain committed to playing such good football.
    • 41' Arshavin gets a dangerous low cross past Angel Rangel, but it doesn't make it through the crowded box to another red shirt.
    • 40' Dyer cuts in fromt he right and has a pop at goal. It's a decent strike, but it's straight at Szczesny.
    • 38' Alex song gambolling forward now as he tries to make something happen for the visitors. Caulker is across to deny the Cameroon midfielder the chance to pick out a team-mate.
    • 36' Dyer gets to the byline and his pulled-back cross is cut out by Mertesacker. Swansea enjoying most of the attacking possession at the moment.
    • 34' Swansea play keep-ball in their half for a minute as Caulker is patched up on the sidelines. The defender, on loan from Arsenal's local rivals Tottenham, is soon back on the field.
    • 33' Swansea City have recovered from being behind to claim points just once this season, against Arsenal's North London neighbours Tottenham Hotspur two weeks ago. Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City and Manchester United are the other clubs which have taken points in just one PL match this season in which they have been behind. Every club has done it at least once.
    • 32' Caulker heads the free-kick back across goal but it's an Arsenal head that meets it. Swansea come again but Sinclair is offside.
    • 31' Koscielny gets his head to the set piece first but again Swansea can keep the pressure on. Benayoun gives away a silly free-kick on the right flank.
    • 30' Miquel has to deny Swansea another cross at the expense of a corner.
    • 29' Great ball inside from Benayoun finds Van Persie in space and in front of goal... Fired right at Vorm who makes the save!
    • 28' Arshavin plays an incisive one two with Van Persie, but the offside flag is up against the Dutchman.
    • 27' Eurosport's own Tom Adams (@tomEurosport) with a sartorial critique of the Arsenal manager on Twitter: "Arsene Wenger's wearing trainers? What the hell? Unforgivable. #wengerout"
    • 26' Arshavin tracks back to block Neil Taylor's cross. The Swansea left-back has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the January transfer window.
    • 25' The corner is played to Allen on the edge of the box. Benayoun does well to hustle him off the ball but it's played to Sinclair inside the box... Caught in two minds and his cross loops over everyone and out for a goal kick.
    • 24' Mertesacker miscues his clearance from a Swansea cross and the home side maintain the pressure. This is shaping up to be an intriguing match. Mertesacker gets his clearance right this time and it's another Swnasea corner.
    • 22' Sinclair is the first player to score four times from the penalty spot this Premier League season.
    • 21' First-half possession so far is 59%-41% in Swansea's favour.
    • 20' Ignasi Miquel clears the corner at the second attempt, but Swansea retain possession.
    • 19' Agustien has a pop from a centrally-placed free-kick. It deflects off the wall for a Swansea corner.
    • 18' Arsenal go in search of an instant response and Ramsey's daisy-cutter across the box rebounds off Steven Caulker and into the grateful arms of Vorm!
    • 17' GOAL!! SWANSEA 1-1 ARSENAL!! Szczesny guesses the right way but Sinclair's penalty is out of his reach!
    • 16' PENALTY!! Dyer executes a neat turn inside the Arsenal area and Aaron Ramsey catches his leg! Referee Michael Oliver points to the spot with no hesitation! Sinclair places the ball on the spot...
    • 14' The free-kick from deep is headed back across by Williams at the far post, but the officials decide the ball had already gone out of play.
    • 13' Augustien slips a neat ball down the wing for Nathan Dyer to chase. Laurent Koscielny wins the race but Dyer keeps the pressure on. Eventually the home side win a free-kick for Yossi Benayoun's handball.
    • 11' Williams feels he had his ankle clipped by Walcott as he tries to pass back to his keeper. Play carries on and Swansea clear.
    • 10' Walcott gets into the box on the right but his square pass is intercepted. Scott Sinclair motors intot he area at the toehr end but his pass for Graham is wayward and Wojciech Szczesny collects.
    • 9' Danny Graham is judged to have mpeded Per Mertesacker as the big German tried to clear the ball down the field.
    • 8' Great stat from Infostrada: Exactly nine years ago, Arsenal were top of the Premier League and Swansea City were bottom of England's fourth tier.
    • 7' Arsenal send plenty of men forward for a free-kick on the right. Van Persie's delivery swings in but goes out for a goal kick.
    • 5' Van Persie's 18th league goal of the season is only the 17th scored by any team at the Liberty Stadium in the competition all season!
    • 4' GOAL!! SWANSEA 0-1 ARSENAL!! Arsenal ahead and guess who! Great through ball from Andrei Arshavin for Van Persie, who appears to hesitate with his shot before firing past Michel Vorm at the near post!
    • 3' One stat that leapt out during the week was that Swansea had the eighth-highest pass completion rate of any side in Europe's top five leagues ahead of this weekend's fixtures.
    • 2' Robin van Persie heads the ball into the path of Theo Walcott. Ashley Williams comes across to clear the danger.
    • 1' Kemy Agustien has an early sighter from range, but drags his shot well wide of the far post.
    • 1' Swansea kick off and we're underway!
    • 15:57 The players are walking out on to the pitch on a crisp, bright winter's day in Wales. You can share your thoughts on the match either by posting in the comments section below or by getting in touch with me via Twitter @tony_mabert.
    • 15:55 Tottenham's Gareth Bale was greeted with boos from some of the Welsh fans at the Liberty Stadium when Spurs visited recently, so it will be interesting to see how they greet Wales captain Aaron Ramsey.
    • 15:50 This is only the sixth ever league meeting between these clubs. Arsenal have won three and Swansea have won two. Arsenal won their last league visit to Swansea – 2-1 in November 1982. They lost their only other visit – 2-0 in October 1981.When these two sides met at the Emirates back in September, Andrei Arshavin scored the only goal of the game. Match report: Arsenal cling on to beat Swansea
    • 15.45 A few more stats, this time from Opta: "Thierry Henry has scored against all 34 different teams he has faced in the Premier League. There have been fewer goals scored at the Liberty Stadium than any other Premier League ground this season (16). Just 14% of the goals Arsenal have scored have been from set pieces, the lowest percentage in the top flight. Swansea have kept six clean sheets at home this term and the four teams who have netted against them have only managed one goal."
    • 15.40 Stat from Infostrada: "Arsenal have lost six of their 20 Premier League matches, their most at this stage since 2005/2006, the last full season with Thierry Henry."
    • 15.35 Arsenal know a win takes them back to within a point of fifth-placed Chelsea while a defeat leaves them level with Newcastle, just one point ahead of Liverpool and with Champions League qualification looking a more distant dream. A win takes Swansea as high as 10th place.
    • 15.30 Swansea make four changes from the side that defeated Barnsley in the FA Cup last weekend, with Michel Vorm returning in goal and Stephen Caulker, Joe Allen and Scott Sinclair also back in the team. Arsenal are also much changed, and as well as the tweaks listed below, Ignasi Miquel makes his first Premier League start at left-back due to injuries to Kieran Gibbs, Andre Santos, Thomas Vermaelen and Francis Coquelin.
    • 15.25 TEAMS: Arsenal: Szczesny, Djourou, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Miquel, Song, Ramsey, Benayoun, Walcott, Arshavin, Van Persie. Subs: Almunia, Yennaris, Squillaci, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henry, Park. /// Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Allen, Agustien, Dyer, Sinclair, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Richards, Monk, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Moore, Lita.
    • 15.20 Some early team news is filtering in and it may disappoint Arsenal fans as the great man himself, Thierry Henry, remains on the bench despite scoring the winner in the FA Cup against Leeds. Robin van Persie starts up top while Yossi Benayoun replaces the injured Mikel Arteta in midfield.
    • 15.15 Hello and welcome to our live commentary on the Premier League tie between Swansea City and Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 89' Rosicky surges forward and is denied with his solid strike by an acrobatic save from Vorm. The ball drops for Koscielny to try an eye-catching leaping volley that again Vorm is equal to.
    • 83' Ramsey gets in front of his marker at the near post but his solid header is right at Vorm.
    • 80' Rangel comes forward and sneaks the ball to Graham. The striker has the chance to shoot but elects the play the ball inside and the chance goes. Swansea tried to walk it in there.
    • 72' The corner lands in the melee in the middle of the box and Mertesacker fires wide from six yards out! The defender just swung a leg out and skewed the ball wide! What a miss!
    • 70' GOAL!! SWANSEA 3-2 ARSENAL!! Graham gets in front of his marker as they race for Sigurdsson's through ball and the striker hits a low first-time strike across Szczesny and into the far corner!
    • 69' GOAL SWANSEA 2-2 ARSENAL!! Djourou plays a great ball through for Walcott, who is played onside by Caulker. The England forward lifts the ball over Vorm for the equaliser!
    • 57' GOAL!! SWANSEA 2-1 ARSENAL!! Allen robs Ramsey of the ball all too easily in the final third. He plays the ball square to Dyer who gets the ball stuck under his feet but still manages to dig out a strike that goes over Szczesny and into the net!
    • 53' Joe Allen lets the ball run across him before firing from the edge of the box and the strike flies past the far post! Not sure Szczesny had that covered!
    • 51' Another corner to Swansea, and this time Dyer fires over from the edge of the box.
    • 48' Walcott controls well and finds Benayoun on the edge of the box. The Israeli squares for Arshavin who has plenty of time and space but fires his first-time shot way over the bar!
    • 45' Arshavin whips in the dead ball and Walcott's glancing header is on target but right at Vorm. Imagine that. Walcott scoring with a header...
    • 40' Dyer cuts in fromt he right and has a pop at goal. It's a decent strike, but it's straight at Szczesny.
    • 29' Great ball inside from Benayoun finds Van Persie in space and in front of goal... Fired right at Vorm who makes the save!
    • 17' GOAL!! SWANSEA 1-1 ARSENAL!! Szczesny guesses the right way but Sinclair's penalty is out of his reach!
    • 16' PENALTY!! Dyer executes a neat turn inside the Arsenal area and Aaron Ramsey catches his leg! Referee Michael Oliver points to the spot with no hesitation! Sinclair places the ball on the spot...
    • 4' GOAL!! SWANSEA 0-1 ARSENAL!! Arsenal ahead and guess who! Great through ball from Andrei Arshavin for Van Persie, who appears to hesitate with his shot before firing past Michel Vorm at the near post!
    • 15.25 TEAMS: Arsenal: Szczesny, Djourou, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Miquel, Song, Ramsey, Benayoun, Walcott, Arshavin, Van Persie. Subs: Almunia, Yennaris, Squillaci, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henry, Park. /// Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Allen, Agustien, Dyer, Sinclair, Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Richards, Monk, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Moore, Lita.

Team Line-up & Ratings

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      7.2 7
      Defenders
      6.8 7
      6.7 7
      6.8 7
      6.5 7
      Midfielders
      6.4 8
      Substitution Out45′ 6.4 6
      6.7 7
      Strikers
      Goal Substitution Out82′ 7.3 9
      Goal 7.3 8
      Goal Substitution Out90′ 7.1 8
      Subs
      Substitution In82′ 6.6 -
      Substitution In90′ 6 -
      Substitution In45′ 7 7
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      Goalkeeper
      5.6 6
      Defenders
      5.4 6
      Substitution Out77′ 5.5 5
      5.6 6
      5 6
      Midfielders
      6.1 6
      5.2 5
      Substitution Out63′ 4.9 6
      Strikers
      Goal 5.6 6
      Substitution Out63′ 5.4 6
      Goal 7.3 6
      Subs
      Substitution In63′ 6.6 6
      Substitution In63′ 5.9 6
      Substitution In77′ 5.7 -

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