Arsenal FC maintained their fantastic start to the season with a crucial win against Swansea, in what turned out to be a close encounter.
Arsene Wenger’s men gave him reasons to celebrate on the eve of the 17th anniversary of his arrival at the club as Arsenal held off Swansea for a crucial victory. It was perfectly set up for the Gunners as results earlier in the day say Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City dropping points. It was the perfect opportunity for Arsenal to extend their lead at the top and they obliged.
Swansea have always managed to give Arsenal a hard time on the field as the Welsh side once again made it hard for the Gunners. The first half was a scrappy affair with neither of the sides able to create too many chances. But Swansea perhaps looked the better side when they had the possession.
Arsenal came out stronger in the second half and in the 58th minute youngster Gnabry gave the lead to the away side after finishing off a brilliant move. Aaron Ramsey, who provided the assist for Gnabry in the first goal, quickly doubled Arsenal’s lead in space of four minutes. It was another fantastic team goal with Giroud setting up Ramsey with a wonderful cutback.
Swansea had a go at Arsenal and were eventually able to pull one goal back with left back Ben Davies getting on the score sheet after playing a brilliant one-two with Wilfired Bony. But despite all their effort in the closing stages, Swansea weren’t able to create too many openings and failed to find a equalizer.
Despite the fantastic result, Arsene Wenger remained sceptical about being too optimistic about their title chances and has urged the team to maintain their focus.
“It’s [still] early in the season,” Wenger told Sky Sports. “We had a good opportunity today, and I think the quality of a team in the season is to take an opportunity when you have one.
“Our spirit was tested after the first home game and the way we responded is of course very positive.
“In this job it’s very important that you keep focus, purpose and desire to improve. Let’s focus on that.
“The Premier League has shown last year that you can drop points everywhere and that’s the case again this year.
“The first half was quite difficult,” he continued. “I felt we were a bit slow in our combinations and Swansea were sharper than us.
“It was a question of patience without making mistakes. In the second half we were much stronger. We had our level and took advantage of the chances we created.
“We have substance in the team. You could see that today in the second half, when we came out with purpose to win the game.” – The Arsenal manager said.
Wenger was also full of praise for Gnabry who found a place in the side due to Walcott’s recent injuries.
“He’s 18 years old. Talent is always together with an early start and early quality on the pitch – that’s what he’s showing.
“We give him the confidence but he had another good game today.” – Wenger added.
Aaron Ramsey was once again brilliant for Arsenal in midfield as he finished the game with one assist and one goal. The Welsh midfielder has been in excellent goal scoring form his season and is also currently the player with the most number of successful tackles in the Premier League. The above heat map shows his movement in the match against Swansea.