So Arsenal being Arsenal killed what was an interesting day for Gooners around the globe, as they anticipated the imminent announcement of Aubameyang in what is a club record acquisition from Borussia Dortmund.
Arsenal travelled to Wales to take on Swansea City who were fresh out of a win against Liverpool, as they look to cause an upset against Arsenal. Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette made the starting XI for this encounter. Need I say that a defensive player should be made paramount, if not in the winter transfer window then in the summer?
Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny both made crucial interventions in the early minutes of the first half to keep the scoreline level, the former Cardiff midfielder blocked Mawson’s close-range effort and the Egyptian international making a commanding tackle to array Clucas just inside the area.
Nacho Monreal opened the scoring for the Gunners in the 33rd minute, after a masterclass cross from Ozil was impounded into the net by the Spanish international – who lurked around the defence to continue his impressive run since his return from injury.
Disastrous defending cost the Gunners the match as they fell to a 3-1 loss to the host. A minute after taking the lead, the Gunners conceded a goal due to Xhaka’s inability to mark his attacker Clucas; skipping past the Switzerland international easily and had no problem slotting the ball into the net of Cech.
In the second half, a disastrous mistake from Petr Cech allowed Jordan Ayew score from within the six yard box – scoring what would be one of the easiet goals of his career. Monreal put Shkodran Mustafi under pressure with what was a lazy throw-in and the German, rather than clear the ball, opted for a back pass to Cech, who sliced his clearance straight into Ayew’s path – as the Ghanaian international made no mistake scoring a freebie.
Arsenal new boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan came on as a second half substitute and looked like he might’ve leveled the score for his team. Though he was offside, Fabianski was rightly positioned to deal with the header threat of the Armenian international.
Clucas claimed his second three minutes from time to finish off Arsenal, as they failed once again to stop the host attacking threats. Though we are strengthen our attack, it’s important we also add defensive prowess that would be beneficial to the team as we rebuild for next season.
Nevertheless that wouldn’t stop the excitement of the Aubameyang deal when it’s officially announced, as we aim to finish the season stronger than we’ve started.