Kolasinac And The Swans

Match Report Arsenal

The Gunners continued their outing in the Premier League as they hosted their counterpart from Wales; as Swansea City visited the Emirates Stadium, as the Gunners looked to make it 13 wins from 13 games in all competitions – making it the Gunners longest winning streak on this ground. You could have got great odds at half time using a BetVictor promo code as the Gunners were not at the races in the first half.

Arsene Wenger stuck with the same side that thrashed Everton 5-2 last weekend, and they eventually came up with the right goods to secure a 2-1 win and move within a point of rivals Tottenham in third place.

Arsenal urged themselves in this game and immediately started brightly but couldn’t break down a determined defensive unit of Paul Clement’s Swansea, who were set up defensively at the Emirates Stadium as the Swans looked for a point or three out of the Emirates.

Eventually, the visitors take the lead in the 22nd minute through a shambolic piece of defending from the Gunners, Clucas was able to penetrate the Gunners defence unmarked, as Tammy Abraham’s pass found him – ghosting into the box unmarked and latched his effort low past Petr Cech.

The Gunners best effort of the first half came from Alexis Sanchez, as he and Kolasinac combined well in the Swansea penalty area; playing a neat one-two before the Chilean whipped in a decent shot which forced former Arsenal keeper Fabianski to produce a good save.

Swansea was almost gifted a second goal in the first half as Per Mertesacker was caught in possession inside his own box, with Jordan Ayew stealing the ball from the Arsenal skipper but opting to shoot rather than square to Tammy Abraham, who was free in front of goal.

Arsenal came out a much better and improved side in the second half and in six minutes, found themselves levelled up. Lacazette was sharp enough to find Ozil in the penalty box of Swansea’s, whose shot attempt was blocked and fell to a lurking Kolasinac that was calm enough to put the ball well beyond the reach of Fabianski.

Immediately after the equaliser, Swansea was almost ahead but was denied by the right call of the referee as Tammy Abraham was ruled for offside.

Laurent Koscielny was positioned right to score the Gunners second from an Alexis Sanchez free kick but missed his clear header by only a few metres away.

It was Kolasinac’s day and nobody could do anything about it. The Bosnian got himself in the right places, linking up play, attacking and defending so well. It didn’t take long for the second Arsenal goal to come, however, Kolasinac collecting a cross-field pass from Granit Xhaka, which he controlled well before square-playing for Ramsey to sweep home with one touch.

The Gunners had a few chances afterwards to increase their lead against a tiring Swansea defence but would end the match with the three points and a 2-1 scoreline.