A double from Spanish striker Michu was enough for Swansea to get the better of Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium. Michu also went joint top of the top scorers table along with Robin Van Persie and Luis Suarez.
Arsenal 0-2 Swansea
Swansea had the better of the first half although chances were few and far between. Arsenal did threaten slightly in the 28th
minute when Carl Jenkinson swung in a dangerous cross but Chico Flores was alert to head away from the approaching Gervinho.
Swansea nearly went ahead 2 minutes after when Michu beat Per Mertesacker in the air to flick it on for Nathan Dyer. The winger managed to get on the wrong side of Thomas Vermaelen but took an extra touch and hesitated which allowed the Belgian defender to get back and make an important block.
At the hour mark a mazy run from Swansea right back Angel Rangel nearly resulted in a goal for the Welsh team. He sprinted through the challenges of Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla and his vicious effort was just tipped wide by Wojciech Szczesny.
In the 71st minute, Mikel Arteta attempted to dink a cross in to the penalty area but it was headed out only as far as Cazorla who hit a fine volley but Gerhard Tremmel in the Swansea goal made a good save.
Just 4 minutes after the Cazorla chance, Arsenal had claims from Olivier Giroud for a penalty. It followed sloppy passing from the Swansea defence which nearly allowed the Frenchman to get behind but Flores got the slightest of touches to knock the ball away from Giroud and Referee Mark Clattenburg, recently cleared of racism charges made by Chelsea, made the right call.
Swansea ramped up the pressure on The Gunners after that penalty scare and very nearly opened the scoring in the 84th
minute after a neat one-two between Dyer and substitute Dwight Tiendalli saw the latter in on goal but Szczesny stood tall to deny the Swansea man a goal on his Premier League debut.
2 minutes later, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain swung in a cross which was accidentally flicked on to Vermaelen by a Swansea defender but he couldn’t quite get enough power in the header to beat the keeper.
Swansea kept on pressing and were to get their just reward when, in the 88th
minute, Michu struck. He initially mis-controlled the ball in the centre but the ball bobbled to Dyer. He played the ball in for Michu who had continued his run and he responded with a composed finish past the helpless Szczesny.
Michu then made it 2 in the 91st
minute when Jenkinson was dispossessed resulting in Michu having time and space to pick his spot before calmly passing the ball into the net. Boos rained down on to The Emirates Stadium pitch and shortly after, the final whistle was blown.
It’s yet another disappointing result for The Gunners which sees them drop to 10th
in the table, 5 points behind North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in 4th
place. Swansea’s impressive season continues as they move up to 7th