Match Review: Arsenal Earn Fortunate Win Over Swans

Arsenal recorded its first win of the Premier League season thanks to a freak goal in what was, in honesty, a nervy affair for the Gunners and a commendable performance for Swansea City.

Swansea took the game to the Gunners and on occasions threatened the Arsenal goal with keeper Wojciech Szczesny making a very good save in the first half from Graham just as the visitors saw a later effort off Scott Sinclair’s free kick graze the Arsenal post with the Welsh side pushing to score their first goal of the league campaign.

Theo Walcott saw a shot on goal cleared off the line but with half time approaching, a bit of fortune for Arsenal undid the Swans as keeper Vorm’s intended throw out bounced off his defender’s back onto the path of Andrey Arshavin who gratefully tapped in.

Robin van Persie saw an effort from the edge of the box hit the outside of the Swansea post in the second half and substitute Marouane Chamakh saw his header well saved. Swansea then could have earned a point late on only for Graham to shoot over from close range.

The match saw Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker make their full debuts for Arsenal and both put in assured performances though Tuesday’s trip to Dortmund in the Champions League will prove a sterner test for the duo, Mertesacker especially. Israeli international Yossi Benayoun also came off the bench for his debut with half an hour left in the match.

Overall, seems the team is still coming to terms with a horrid start to the campaign but the win, however most fortunate earning the three points was, should help settle whatever jitters remain in the squad.

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Posted on September 11, 2011, in News, Post-match thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I wasn’t impressed with Arteta for one reason, No cutting edge pass. Ramsey now makes many mistakes. I believe coquelin is a better option instead of Frimpong. Arshavin is out of form. Walcott is almost useless, if not of his pace. Kmt . We generally get clueless upfront. Its sad :(. I hope for improvements against Dortmund.. I’ll be happy to see a stronger team with Gervinho and Song available and Maybe Andre Santos. L8r Y’all

  2. I totally agree with Baazini on the Arteta argument, but it should be noted that the entire team was playing with the “hand brake”. 3 points was more important to the lads and they tried not retain possession for as long as possible. It’s his first game, so we can’t judge him already, we all know he’s no Cesc. We have to get used to the fact that we’ll probably create less chances/through passes without Cesc.
    The new boys were solid, nothing more… Benayoun showed some glimpses of class when he had the ball.
    All in all, it was a struggling performance and this game will be remembered for the 3 points more than anything else. We have Song and Gerv returning so we can expect an improvement whilst hoping the new boys integrate quickly.

    Dortmund up next, COYG!!!!

  3. *tried to retain possession for as long as possible*

  4. Aaron Ramsey is way to slow in midfield dribbling himself going backwards then lateral slowing
    down the tempo of the Arsenal game so Arteta, ben Ayoun and Song should start vs Borussia in
    the CL with Ramsey taking a break ,van Persie and Gervinho upfront and some game time for the
    Korean captain and Andre Santos ?

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