Saturday March 16, 2013 Day 30 Finished The Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 0 - 2 Arsenal

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  1. Premier League - Monreal on target as Arsenal beat Swansea

    Premier League - Monreal on target as Arsenal beat Swansea

    Goals from Nacho Monreal and Gervinho gave Arsenal an important 2-0 win over Swansea City in the Premier League. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Swansea City
    • Arsenal
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this and every Premier League game from 00:01 on Monday.
    • 90+3' FULL TIME! Arsenal win 2-0 at Swansea thanks to goals from Monreal and Gervinho. Two rather unlikely goalscorers but Arsenal close to within four points of Tottenham.
    • 90+1' GOAL! Swansea 0-2 Arsenal! It's Gervinho who puts the game beyond doubt in injury time when slotting the ball past Vorm. Arsenal hit Swansea on the break, with Ramsey squaring for the forward.
    • 89' HUGE CHANCE FOR ARSENAL! Gervinho, now on the right, feeds Cazorla and the playmaker drills a firm shot down the middle, only for it to take a big touch and deflect just wide of the post. Vorm had no chance.
    • 87' Stat from Infostrada: "Nacho Monreal scores his first PL goal. He is the sixth different Spanish player to score a PL goal for Arsenal. Only for Liverpool (7) have more Spaniards scored PL goals. "
    • 85' Walcott is taken off to be replaced by Kieran Gibbs and he looks rather surprised.
    • 84' Gervinho tees up Cazorla, who has a shot blocked. The Spaniard then displays some brilliant control to keep the ball in play and keep Arsenal in possession.
    • 83' De Guzman lines up the free-kick but can only direct the ball over the bar and into the side netting. Fabianski had it well covered.
    • 82' Arteta goes into the book for a late tackle, clattering into compatriot Hernandez 20 yards from goal.
    • 81' Swansea haven't looked like scoring for some time. Can Arsenal see the game out with minor fuss?
    • 79' Fabianski comes for a cross and completely misses his punch. Luckily for the keeper Arsenal are not punished though.
    • 77' Arsenal threaten again! Gervinho has possession of the ball on the left of the box and takes aim before seeing his shot take a touch off a defender and deflect into the hands of Vorm.
    • 76' A change for Swansea as Nathan Dyer is replaced by Luke Moore.
    • 75' Needless to say that's the summer signing's first goal in Arsenal colours and it could prove to be an important one.
    • 74' GOAL! Swansea 0-1 Arsenal! Nacho Monreal puts the Gunners in front with 16 minutes remaining. Cazorla tries to find Giroud in the box and though the striker can't get the ball under control to shoot himself, he manages to poke it back to Monreal who scuffs his shot but sees the ball squeeze past Vorm.
    • 74' Important interception from Williams as he slides in to block a fine cross from Jenkinson that looked destined to find Giroud six yards out. It would have been a tap-in.
    • 73' Gervinho bursts into space down the left and darts into the box with intent, but his attempt at a pass is just disgraceful and Britton intercepts.
    • 72' Giroud has been rather quiet in this game. Swansea's two centre-backs have dealt with him well.
    • 71' Here come the two changes for Arsenal and as predicted it is Oxlade-Chamberlain and Diaby who make way for Gervinho and Ramsey.
    • 69' Suspect Diaby and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be coming off for Arsenal. The former as he has been poor and the latter because it looks as though he has tired.
    • 68' Gervinho and Aaron Ramsey are stripping off for Arsenal.
    • 67' This hasn't been a classic game by any means.
    • 66' A change for Swansea as Ki is replaced by Wayne Routledge. That sees De Guzman drop back alongside Britton.
    • 64' Walcott with some important defensive work as he prevents Davies from getting on the end of a one-two with Hernandez down the left.
    • 63' Stat from Infostrada: "Swansea have only lost one of their 16 PL home matches in which they were deadlocked at the half (0-2 against Everton after 0-0 at half time in March 2012)."
    • 62' Jenkinson is down in some pain but he doesn't need the physio on despite clutching his right leg.
    • 62' Gervinho is warming up for Arsenal - we may well be seeing him in 10 minutes or so.
    • 61' The corner is cleared for a throw on the opposite side and Rangel is caught offside as he tries to get in behind.
    • 60' De Guzman plays a tasty cross to the back post to find Hernandez and his shot from a tight angle is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 58' More pressure from Swansea as Hernandez jinks in from the left, past a couple of challenges, only to slice his shot wide of the far post.
    • 57' Michu wastes another chance as he meets a low cross from Hernandez first time 20 yards out and gets under the ball to lift it high into the air.
    • 56' Diaby embarks on a brilliant run as he loses Ki and then traverses the box, only to run out of steam when he prods the ball too far and sees it roll out for a goal-kick.
    • 54' Stat from Opta: "Arsenal have averaged 58.5% possession this season, higher than any other team (Swansea are sixth – 55.6%)."
    • 52' BIG CHANCE FOR ARSENAL! The lively Cazorla nicks the ball away from Ashley Williams on the edge of the box and rifles in a low shot that Vorm smothers in the Swansea goal. He needed to find the corner really.
    • 51' Oxlade-Chamberlain prods the ball wide to Monreal but the left-back's cut-back is cut out by Swansea, who manage to scramble the ball clear.
    • 50' Ki advances for Swansea but sees his effort from 20 yards blocked almost before it leaves his foot.
    • 49' It's been a scrappy start to the second half at the Liberty Stadium.
    • 48' Diaby and then Oxlade-Chamberlain feed Jenkinson to the right but he can't get a cross away to find a man.
    • 47' Diaby with an early sight of goal but he skews his effort and sends the ball miles off target.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • 45+2' HALF TIME. That's that for now - The Ox going the closest with two efforts that hit the bar. Michu also had a couple of good chances for Swansea.
    • 46' A late corner for Swansea but De Guzman's delivery is headed away.
    • 45' We will have one minute of added time.
    • 43' So unlucky for The Ox. He has had a sprightly game after being restored to the starting XI.
    • 42' ARSENAL HIT THE BAR! Oxlade-Chamberlain for a second time! Cazorla cuts in from the left to square for his team-mate and with a swing of his left boot the youngster clips the top of the crossbar with a swerving effort from 25 yards.
    • 40' Stat from Opta: "Swansea have conceded a higher proportion of goals from set pieces than any other team in the PL this season (50%)."
    • 38' Oxlade-Chamberlain shimmies away from his man in the centre of the pitch but his shot is blocked by a Swansea shirt on the edge of the box.
    • 36' The Ox plays a gorgeous one-two with Giroud in the box but his control then deserts him just when it looks as though he will pull the trigger. He wins a corner, but Arsenal make nothing of it.
    • 35' Walcott's woes continue as he muscles Davies off the ball to meet a pass from Cazorla but then snatches at his shot, the ball deflecting wide for a corner.
    • 33' GREAT SAVE! Michu races onto a pass through from Hernandez and pokes a firm shot towards the bottom corner. However, Fabianski is down quickly to palm the ball away.
    • 32' Giroud chases after a bouncing ball but Garry Monk controls with his head and clears up for Swansea.
    • 31' Jenkinson gets into an advanced position down the right and fizzes in a cross but can't find a man. Then he tries to curl one in to hit Giroud at the back post.
    • 30' Walcott isn't having a good game. Now he miscontrols 20 yards out, allowing Swansea to recover possession.
    • 28' Arsenal have improved markedly over the past 10 minutes or so and are now having the best of things at the Liberty Stadium.
    • 27' Walcott thumps the free-kick into the wall and Swansea win possession before breaking quickly. However, Arsenal close ranks and see the ball out.
    • 26' De Guzman into the book for a foul on Cazorla. He trips the Spaniard 20 yards from goal and Arsenal have a good sight of goal.
    • 25' Now a ball comes over the top for Walcott but for some reason he doesn't stick his boot out when it drops over the defender's head and Vorm is able to claim it.
    • 24' Fantastic build-up from Arsenal as Diaby pulls out a backheel and Cazorla darts away from his man in the box to feed Walcott. However, the winger/forward can't get a clean shot away and Vorm saves from Jenkinson on the rebound.
    • 22' Diaby is having a difficult game so far and he commits a foul when bringing De Guzman to ground.
    • 21' Stat from Opta: "Swansea are looking to win four Premier League home games in a row for the first time."
    • 20' Rangel intercepts a pass in Swansea's third and storms forward to give his side the initiative. However, he soon runs out of ideas.
    • 19' ARSENAL GO CLOSE! Giroud pops a pass back to Cazorla and he tees the ball up before hitting a wickedly dipping volley that Michel Vorm palms to ground. Cazorla's technique should be taught in schools.
    • 18' Swansea firmly on top at the moment.
    • 17' HUGE CHANCE FOR SWANSEA! Awful from Carl Jenkinson as he plays a sloppy pass to Arteta 25 yards from goal and De Guzman intercepts to feed Michu. He controls the ball in the box and then drags his effort just wide on the turn. He should have hit the target.
    • 15' Stat from Opta: "Michu has scored three of Swansea’s four goals against Arsenal this season."
    • 14' Swansea create another chance. Arsenal leave Michu alone on the edge of the box and he meets a cross from the left with an acrobatic volley. However, the execution is lacking and he fails to test Fabianski.
    • 13' CHANCE FOR SWANSEA! Ki Sung-yueng releases Rangel with a neat pass and the defender gets in behind Monreal to stab a shot wide of Fabianski! He looked offside but no flag was raised.
    • 12' Arsenal do have a soft underbelly at the moment - despite that clean sheet in Munich - and Swansea appear to be growing in confidence as they try to unpick the visiting defence.
    • 11' Dyer runs in behind Nacho Monreal and the Arsenal defender is relieved to see the ball bounce out for a goal-kick.
    • 10' Swansea getting foot on ball now and stroking it about nicely in midfield, Britton dictating things as expected.
    • 9' Stat from Opta: "Ashley Williams has made a league-high 40 blocks this season, only 26 fewer than Arsenal have in total (66 being a joint-low)."
    • 8' Oxlade-Chamberlain has been excellent and he embarks on a driving run through midfield before feeding Giroud to the left of the box. The striker has Walcott at the back post but plays a blind pass back to Oxlade-Chamberlain, missing his target.
    • 7' Pablo looks dangerous again as he darts in from the left and it takes an important interception from Abou Diaby to halt the Spanish midfielder.
    • 6' They've gone close but Arsenal also look vulnerable to quick balls in behind the defence, as per usual. You fancy Swansea will have a few chances today.
    • 5' ARSENAL HIT THE BAR! Oxlade-Chamberlain cuts into the box past Angel Rangel and curls his shot against the woodwork!
    • 4' Swansea enjoy their first chance. Ben Davies and Pablo Hernandez combine down the left and the latter plays the ball infield to Nathan Dyer. He has time to line up a shot but bends one well over the bar from 20 yards.
    • 3' An early corner for Arsenal. Cazorla delivers the outswinger and Giroud loses his man at the near post but he gets under the ball and directs it well over the bar.
    • 2' Santi Cazorla is tucked in behind Olivier Giroud in a central position today with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain working the flanks for Arsenal. The Ox needs a big game soon - he's had a very poor season.
    • 1' KICK OFF! Arsenal attacking left to right.
    • 15:00 Out come both sets of players and Arsene Wenger heads over to the Swansea bench to give Michael Laudrup a warm greeting. Should be a decent game, this.
    • 14:55 Stats from Opta: "This will be the fourth competitive meeting between Arsenal and Swansea already this season, with both teams having a W1 D1 L1 record. Michu has scored three of Swansea’s four goals against Arsenal this season. Swansea are looking to win four Premier League home games in a row for the first time. Swansea have conceded more goals from indirect free-kicks than any other side (6)."
    • 14:50 Michael Laudrup: "What Arsene Wenger has achieved at Arsenal is great. If the fans at the club want trophies then of course eight years is a long time. But I still think next season we will see Arsene Wenger still on the bench. It is a very important game for them [Arsenal] to keep alive the possibility of going into the Champions League next season. When someone has been there so long, the good times and the bad times, it's because people are pleased with his job."
    • 14:45 Arsenal must win today to keep up the pressure on their two London rivals. Swansea, meanwhile, start the day in ninth, with a win putting them level with West Brom in eighth. They've already had the highlight of their season: winning the Capital One Cup.
    • 14:40 Everton have just beaten Manchester City 2-0 to move ahead of Arsenal into fifth place. The Gunners have a game in hand on Tottenham, who currently sit seven points clear in third. Chelsea are five points ahead of Arsenal but have played the same number of games. Premier League table
    • 14:35 Binning his captain and number one keeper is a brave move by Wenger - but well overdue. Neither have had a good season and according to recent reports will do well to survive the summer. Paper Round: Arsenal to sell off Vermaelen, Szczesny and sign Isco
    • 14:30 Swansea lost 2-1 at West Brom last week and make one change, Leon Britton replacing Wayne Routledge in midfield, with Jonathan De Guzman pushing on.
    • 14:25 Arsenal, fresh from a futile 2-0 win at Bayern Munich, continue to leave captain Thomas Vermaelen on the bench along with Wojciech Szczesny. Nacho Monreal, Abou Diaby and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain come in for Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky.
    • 14:20 TEAMS: Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Davies, Britton, de Guzman, Ki, Dyer, Hernandez, Michu. Subs: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Bartley, Lamah, Routledge, Shechter, Moore. /// Arsenal: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Diaby, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud. Subs: Szczesny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Coquelin, Rosicky, Ramsey, Gervinho.
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League match between Swansea City and Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' GOAL! Swansea 0-2 Arsenal! It's Gervinho who puts the game beyond doubt in injury time when slotting the ball past Vorm. Arsenal hit Swansea on the break, with Ramsey squaring for the forward.
    • 89' HUGE CHANCE FOR ARSENAL! Gervinho, now on the right, feeds Cazorla and the playmaker drills a firm shot down the middle, only for it to take a big touch and deflect just wide of the post. Vorm had no chance.
    • 77' Arsenal threaten again! Gervinho has possession of the ball on the left of the box and takes aim before seeing his shot take a touch off a defender and deflect into the hands of Vorm.
    • 74' GOAL! Swansea 0-1 Arsenal! Nacho Monreal puts the Gunners in front with 16 minutes remaining. Cazorla tries to find Giroud in the box and though the striker can't get the ball under control to shoot himself, he manages to poke it back to Monreal who scuffs his shot but sees the ball squeeze past Vorm.
    • 52' BIG CHANCE FOR ARSENAL! The lively Cazorla nicks the ball away from Ashley Williams on the edge of the box and rifles in a low shot that Vorm smothers in the Swansea goal. He needed to find the corner really.
    • 42' ARSENAL HIT THE BAR! Oxlade-Chamberlain for a second time! Cazorla cuts in from the left to square for his team-mate and with a swing of his left boot the youngster clips the top of the crossbar with a swerving effort from 25 yards.
    • 33' GREAT SAVE! Michu races onto a pass through from Hernandez and pokes a firm shot towards the bottom corner. However, Fabianski is down quickly to palm the ball away.
    • 19' ARSENAL GO CLOSE! Giroud pops a pass back to Cazorla and he tees the ball up before hitting a wickedly dipping volley that Michel Vorm palms to ground. Cazorla's technique should be taught in schools.
    • 17' HUGE CHANCE FOR SWANSEA! Awful from Carl Jenkinson as he plays a sloppy pass to Arteta 25 yards from goal and De Guzman intercepts to feed Michu. He controls the ball in the box and then drags his effort just wide on the turn. He should have hit the target.
    • 14' Swansea create another chance. Arsenal leave Michu alone on the edge of the box and he meets a cross from the left with an acrobatic volley. However, the execution is lacking and he fails to test Fabianski.
    • 13' CHANCE FOR SWANSEA! Ki Sung-yueng releases Rangel with a neat pass and the defender gets in behind Monreal to stab a shot wide of Fabianski! He looked offside but no flag was raised.
    • 5' ARSENAL HIT THE BAR! Oxlade-Chamberlain cuts into the box past Angel Rangel and curls his shot against the woodwork!
    • 14:20 TEAMS: Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Davies, Britton, de Guzman, Ki, Dyer, Hernandez, Michu. Subs: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Bartley, Lamah, Routledge, Shechter, Moore. /// Arsenal: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Diaby, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud. Subs: Szczesny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Coquelin, Rosicky, Ramsey, Gervinho.
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