Serge Gnabry and Aaron Ramsey got the goals that sent Arsenal two points clear at the Premier League summit
Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeeep! Arsenal make it five wins out of six for the season and run out deserving winners from a contest that perked up considerably in the second half after a fairly rubbish opening 45 minutes. Serge Gnabry and Aaron Ramsey got the goals that won the points for Arsenal, while Oliver Davies's fine 82nd minute effort turned out to be little more than an excellent consolation.
90+4 min: Swansea win a free-kick wide on the left and the ball is lofted in to the mixer, towards the far post, whewre the excellent Szczesny claims. Good goalkeeping.
90+3 min: Mikel Arteta gets booked for what Niall Quinn labels "a sly little kick" at somebody or other. Apologies, I didn't notice who the recipient was.
90+1 min: Arsenal substitution: Jack Wilshere off, Carl Jenkinson on. Wilshere dawdles off the pitch, prompting Mark Clattenburg to signal his intention to add more time on in a bid to appease the irate Swansea bench.
89 min: There'll be a minimum of four minutes added time. When the fourth official held up hgis board first, I thought it said '9' and was (a) wondering where it all came from and (b) on the verge of tears.
88 min: Arsenal substitution: Mesut Ozil off, Nacho Monreal on.
86 min: An attempted clearance from Bacary Sagna hits Mathieu Flamini's hand in the Arsenal penalty area. Swansea's fans and a couple of their players appeal for a penalty, but none is forthcoming. Flamini looks suitably relieved. I may be being excessively harsh, but I personally thought he could have done more to get his hands out of the way there.
85 min: "Watching the last 15 minutes at the same time as Strictly Come Dancing," writes Karen Brigden. "It could be as confusing as a Gordon Strachan post match interview, but as Wrighty's cousin is one of the contestants I think this should be allowed. Just."
83 min: The Swansea City left-back did brilliantly there. Adfter picking up a pass to the touchline deep in Arsenal territory, he shaped to cross, but then decided to cut inside and just kept going across the face of the penalty area. There he laid the ball off to Wilfried Bony, continued his arcing run towards goal and collected a delightful return pass over the Arsenal defence and slotted home. That was a quite splendid goal.
GOAL! Swansea City 1-2 Arsenal (Davies 81) Hold the back page! Oliver Davies pulls a goal back for Swansea with a splendid goal. It's game on again with eight minutes to go.
80 min: Jonathan de Guzman gets booked for a late tackle on Jack Wilshere that looked very much borne out of frustration.
78 min: Like the rest of us, Swansea keep plugging away, but to little or no avail.
77 min: Arsenal substitution: Serge Gnabry off after a fine display, Mikel Arteta on.
75 min: A rogue back-pass as a result of a mix-up in the Arsenal defence gifts Wilfried Bony possession, but he rattles the ball wide off the upright after cutting inside and tightening the angle from which he was shooting. He should have done better there.
71 min: Swansea have responded well to Arsenal's second-half goals, but it's difficult to see them rescuing anything from this game now. Michael Laudrup is looking a mite forlorn on the touchline and Nathan Dyer does little to cheer him up by surrendering possession cheaply.
68 min: Hats off to Wojciech Szczesny, who deserves great credit for his part in that second goal, having set the attack in motion with a long, quick throw-out. He earns his corn again now, diving low to his right to stop a swirling Nathan Dyer shot from distance that was heading for the bottom left-hand corner.
66 min: Swansea substitutions in the past couple of minutes: Jonjo Shelvey and Wayne Routledge off, Wilfried Bony and Alejandro Pozuelo.
63 min: That goal, which sprung from a counter-attack that was just obscenely good. Giroud, Wilshere and Ramsey galloped the length of the field in what was ostensibly a blur as they exchanged short passes to each other's feet. There was a back-heel at some point - I think from Giroud to Wilshere - and the ball eventually found its way to Ramsey, who made no mistake. Like I say, it was a blur.
GOAL! Swansea City 0-2 Arsenal (Ramsey 62) The former Cardiff City player adds to his remarkable tally of goals and doubles Arsenal's lead by rifling the ball into the roof of the net from about 14 yards to cap a splendid move.
62 min: Swansea susbtitution ... hold on a second!
60 min: Mesut Ozil goes close to doubling Arsenal's lead, but brings a smart save out of Vorm as he shoots from a tight angle, when perhaps a cross might have been the better option. Hark at me telling Mesut Ozil how to play football!
59 min: Arsenal carved Swansea open down the centre in the build-up to that goal. Wilshere picked out Aaron Ramsey with a deft pass and the Welshman played the ball to the young German's feet. He made no mistake as he fired low and hard past the horribly exposed Michel Vorm.
GOAL! Swansea City 0-1 Arsenal (Gnabry 58) Arsenal's best player on the night scores his first ever Premier League goal in his third match in seven days. The visitors are ahead.
55 min: Arsenal appeal for a penalty when the ball clips Chico's hand. Referee Mark Clattenburg is having none of it.
54 min: That was Arsenal, by the way; approximately 60 short passes to get absolutely nowhere. Kieran Gibbs eventually cedes possession back to Swansea by getting a little bit too close to Nathan Dyer.
53 min: Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass. Pass.
51 min: At last - a shot on target! Serge Gnabry pulls the trigger, but his long-range effort is straight at Michel Vorm in the Swansea goal.
50 min: Nathan Dyer picks up the ball on the half way line, out by the right touchline. He cuts inside and ... loses possession. Gah!
48 min: Oliver Davies tries to release Wayne Routledge down the left wing by playing a long diagonal pass towards the corner. It's a splendid pass, but the winger mistimed his run and is correctly flagged for offside.
46 min: Good play from Serge Gnabry, who grits his teeth and powers his way past two Swansea defenders and into the penalty area, where he wins a corner. He takes it himself, but nothing comes of it ... apart from a bang on the head for Michu, who heads clear and becomes the second Swansea player to go down clutching his head after a collision with Olivier Giroud.
Second-half: Arsenal get us under way for the second half. There don't appear to have been any changes on either team at half-time. I'm slightly surprised by that - Jack Wilshere has been awful, marooned out on the left of midfield for Arsenal.
Half-time: Lots of huffing and puffing from both teams, but no goals. They haven't managed a shot on target between them in 45 minutes. It's been pleasant on the eye, but there's been little substance. Let's hope for better in the second half.
45+3: The best chance of the half falls to Olivier Giroud, who was teed up by a good Serge Gnabry pass. The Frenchman tries his luck with his normally reliably left foot, but drags wide. He should have scored there.
45 min: Even more worrying times for Arsenal fans, as Nicklas Bendtner begins warming up on the touchline. In better news for Arsenal fans, Giroud seems to be OK. No doubt his ankle will be assessed at half-time.
45 min: Worrying times for Arsenal fans, as Olivier Giroud goes down clutching his ankle after being unintentionally stamped on by Jose Canas.
44 min: Jonathan de Guzman takes the free-kick and attempts to curl the ball around the right-hand side of the wall and into the top corner. He manages the first bit, but doesn't get within an ass's roar of pulling off the second.
43 min: Swansea City win a free-kick about 30 yards from the Arsenal goal. Jonathan de Guzman and Oliver Davies stand over the ball.
40 min: Imagine Arsenal at their most infuriating as they try to walk the ball into the net playing against Arsenal at their most infuriating as they try to walk the ball into the net. That's kind of what like this first half has been like: lots of nice possession football and fancy dan faffery, but with very little being created in the way of scoring chances. Swansea have had two efforts on goal, compared to Arsenal's three.
38 min: "Is it common for the players to loose teeth/bits of their skull when they do the hurling?" asks William Marzouk. "Those sticks look like battle axes that've lost their blades." It's very uncommon for players to loose their teeth and other bits of their skulls when they play hurling, William. Skillful hurlers don't generally need to pull dirty strokes and are able to protect themselves with the sticks you mention. The further down the food chain you go, however, the dirtier it gets.
37 min: Nathan Dyer causes more problems for Arsenal down the right flank. He gallops down the wing and sends in a cross, but it's a mite too high for Michu, who wins the header but can't control the ball.
36 min: Chico gets treatment on his head, walks to the sideline and then returns to the action. He'll live. although that looked painful.
34 min: It's Chico time - the centre-half slips while trying to challenge Olivier Giroud and gets an accidental knee in the head when he goes to ground. If this was a cartoon, there'd be a big egg-shaped bump and little cheeping birdies flying in a circle around his head.
30 min: Aaron Ramsey tries to pick out Olivier Giroud with a long ball through the centre and chico briefly looks like he might be in trouble. The linesman saves his bacon by hoisting his flag: offside.
26 min: A horribly scary moment for Szczesny, who fails to control a backpass properly and allows Michu to challenge him and almost presents him with the simplest of tap-ins. With the ball trundling wide, Michu stretches to try and keep it in play and pokes it towards Routledge, who curls it wide of the empty goal's far post from a very tight angle. Presuming the ball had gone wide, Szczesny hadn't bothered trying to stop any of this, but the linesman was very late putting up his flag.
24 min: Jonathan De Guzman picks out Wayne Routledge with a wonderful cross-field pass that must have been all of 55 yards. Routledge sends in a cross from the left, it's half-cleared and then Dyer returns the ball from the other flank. Szczesny stays rooted to his line and a defender is forced to hack clear.
23 min: Kieran Gibbs dispossesses Nathan Dyer with a fine tackle on the edge of the Arsenal penalty area as the speedy wingman looked like he was about to beat him for toe and set up a one-on-one with Wojciech Szczesny. Thanks to Patrick Hull, by the way, for bringing me photographic proof of the sad news that Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski are Clare hurling fans.
20 min: Almost a quarter way through and there's no goals yet, but it's been quite an entertaining game thus far. Laurent Koscielney does well to cut out a pass aimed towards Jonjo Shelvey, who was on a run into the Arsenal penalty area.
17 min: The All Ireland hurling final (that game with the sticks) between Clare and Cork is being (re)played in Dublin's Croke Park as I type and it seems Arsenal players Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla will be intrigued to know how it's going. Both players have already nailed their colours to the Clare mast.
16 min: Swansea right-back Dwight Tendali goes a rampaging down the right flank but overhits his cross into the penalty area.
15 min: Aaron Ramsey tries a shot from distance, but drags his low diagonal effort wide of the left upright. Close, but no cigar.
12 min: "Arsenal just beginning to put their foot on the ball a bit, starting to pick and probe a little better," says Sky Sports match analyst Niall Quinn. He's right - they are indeed begining to assert themselves after a slow start. Mesut Ozil plays a splendid pass to Olivier Giroud on the edge of the Swansea penalty area, but the Frenchman has the fall knocked off his toe by the trailing leg of an otherwise beaten Chio Flores as he tries to skip past him and head for goal.
8 min: A good probing run down the inside left from Kieran Gibbs allows him to square the ball low, but not particularly hard across the face of the six-yard box. He was trying to pick out Serge Gnabry, but the young German was n't on the same wavelength as the Welshman and hadn't anticipated the cross.
7 min: There's no doubt that of the teams, Swansea City have got into their stride far quicker than Arsenal, who have yet to settle. Shelvey threads the ball through the centre for Michu to run on to and the Spaniard does exactly that, bearing down on the Arsenal penalty area. Per Mertesacker shepherds him away from goal and the danger is averted.
4 min: Swansea win a throw-in deep in their own half on the left-hand side and immediately spread the play wide to Dwight Tiendalli, who advances into Arsenal territory. The ball finds its way to Jonjo Shelvey about 30 yards from the Arsenal goal and he tries his luck from distance. Wide, but it was a good effort.
2 min: Swansea have got off to a promising start. Dyer won that corner after he'd chased a long ball over the top and forced Laurent Koscielney to rush a pass out towards Kieran Gibbs. Dyer continued chasing the ball, forcing Gibbs into a mistake which resulted in the corner.
1 min: We're off and Swansea win the first corner of the game after excellent pressure from Nathan Dyer. Nothing comes of it.
"Well I certainly picked the right year to move to England after getting up at dawn for years to watch the EPL in Canada," he writes. "Exciting season so far. The only bad part is I'm living in Berwick, as in just north of Tyne-Wear. So I guess now I can experience 'home team misery'. The fish n' chips are good though." And the stottie cake! Don't forget to try the stottie cake.
Swansea City's players wear their customary home strip of white shirts, shorts and socks, while their opponents wear yellow shirts, blue shorts and yellow socks.
John Gregory, Chris Hughton, Mick McCarthy, Roberto Di Matteo, Andre Villas Boas and Paolo Di Canio have all been sacked immediately after teams they were managing were beaten by West Brom. It's a bit harsh on the Baggies that so many chairmen consider defeat at their hands to be so embarrassing they feel the need to sack and replace their managers. Anyway, it's unlikely Manchester United will bounce David Moyes out of Old Trafford just yet, but then again - would you put anything past the Glazer family?
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Swansea: Vorm, Tiendalli, Chico, Amat, Ben Davies, Canas, Shelvey, Dyer, de Guzman, Routledge, Michu.
Subs: Taylor, Britton, Bony, Pozuelo, Tremmel, Vazquez, Alfei.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Ramsey, Gnabry, Ozil, Wilshere, Giroud.
Subs: Vermaelen, Arteta, Monreal, Fabianski, Bendtner, Jenkinson,
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
With Spurs and Chelsea having drawn and both Manchester United and Manchester City having lost to West Brom and Aston Villa respectively this afternoon, a win for Arsenal would not only put them two points clear of their north London rivals, but four clear of Chelsea, five clear of Manchester City and eight clear of Manchester United after just six games. Cue: an emphatic Swansea victory, which would enable them to leapfrog mid-table side Manchester United and go 12th.
• Swansea and Arsenal have met eight times in the league Swansea have won four and Arsenal have won four.
• All nine of the goals in the four matches between the clubs in all competitions last season were scored in the second half.
• Arsenal have kept clean sheets in each of their last two matches against Swansea in all competitions.
• Swansea are one of three teams, alongside Newcastle and Norwich City, yet to score from a set piece in the Premier League this season.
• Wojciech Szczesny and Aaron Ramsey have played in all 450 minutes of Premier League football for the club this season.
A win for Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium tonight will send them clear at the top of the Premier League table with six games of the season played, although they're unlikely to have it all their own way against a Swansea side that is showing no sign of suffering from second season syndrome after their early and mid-season heroics of last year. Skipper Ashley Williams, who was linked with a move to Arsenal during the summer, may well have to sit this one out with an ankle injury and Jordi Amat, a £2.5m summer signing from Espanyol, will deputise if required. Pablo Hernandez remains among the ranks of Swansea's lame and halt with a hamstring injury.
For Arsenal, Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsay were to undergo fitness tests before today's game, while Theo Walcott remains sidelined as he recuperates from minor surgery on his abdomen. The names of Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Abou Diaby and Yaya Sanogo continue to feature on a worryingly long injury list for the Gunners.