Arsenal hit back twice to edge Swans


Arsenal came from behind to defeat Swansea 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon and move to within one point of third-placed Tottenham.

Arsenal 2 Swansea City 1
Clucas opens the scoring on 22′
Kolasinac levels on 51′
Ramsey with the winner on 58′

Match summary

Sam Clucas gave Swansea a first half lead, but they were unable to build on a positive start as Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey turned the tie on its head with two goals after the break.

Full report

It was a very quiet start to this game with Arsenal knocking the ball around without threatening early on.

The Gunners’ first half chance fell to Kolasinac as he picked up an Alexis Sanchez ball, but Alfie Mawson was well placed to make a block.

Lukasz Fabianski wasn’t troubled by a Laurent Koscielny header from a dangerous Sanchez set-piece before Sanchez fired harmlessly wide of the target on 19 minutes.

Swansea bodies blocked a couple of fiercely hit shots, from Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal before the visitors took a shock lead, with 22 minutes played.

Clucas was quickly in on the Gunners’ left flank after Koscielny failed to control the ball, allowing Tammy Abraham to play through the goalscorer, who tucked the ball under the on-rushing Petr Cech.

Kolasinac fired wide on 26 minutes, but with the half wearing on, it was Swansea who looked the more likely to score as they pressed for a second goal.

Clucas sliced wide of the left-hand post with the half winding down as Arsenal’s best chance of the first half arrived on 42 minutes, through Sanchez, who forced Fabianski into a brilliant save, from the left-hand side.

And the last chance of the first half saw Jordan Ayew tackle Mertesacker before seeing his shot was well blocked by Cech.

Arsenal needed a good response in the second half after a tepid first-half showing, and wasted no time in firing back, through Kolasinac, with just six second half minutes played.

Kolasinac was lucky to see the ball pop to him on the edge of the box on the left, after a Lacazette backheel in the box found Mesut Ozil, whose shot was blocked before the goalscorer struck into the far corner.

Abraham was offside as he finished a Clucas pass two minutes later, while Koscielny glanced a 57th minute header, from a Sanchez delivery, wide.

But Arsenal were soon in the lead, on 58 minutes, through Ramsey with a super first-time finish, from a Kolasinac ball after Granit Xhaka had picked out the goal provider.

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Alexandre Lacazette then came within an inch of connecting to a good Bellerin ball into the box before firing straight at Fabianski with the match progressing and Arsenal were getting closer to a third, with Bellerin stretching to get a touch to a good ball into the ball – but could only smash against the Swansea crossbar.

Abraham was unlucky to fire wide on 79 minutes, before late Gunners substitute Olivier Giroud pulled a shot wide, ahead of an effort into the side netting.

And with just minutes to play, the home team appeared content to soak up the pressure and ease to victory in Arsene Wenger’s 800th Premier League game in charge of the club.

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