Thursday 13 December 2018

Swansea v Arsenal – story of the match

Sam Clucas scored twice as the Swans climbed out of the Premier League’s bottom three.

Swansea City v Arsenal – Premier League – Liberty Stadium
Swansea City v Arsenal – Premier League – Liberty Stadium

By Philb

Swansea climbed out of the relegation zone for the first time in three months as Petr Cech’s clanger helped condemn Arsenal to a 3-1 defeat at the Liberty Stadium.

Cech’s scuffed kick allowed Jordan Ayew to roll home a 61st-minute winner after Sam Clucas had put Swansea on level terms, instantly cancelling out Nacho Monreal’s first-half opener.

Clucas claimed his second three minutes from time to finish off Arsenal, who have now gone six games without victory for the first time since December 2012.

Tweet of the match:

Star man: Jordan Ayew

Never stopped harrying and hustling the Arsenal defence as his energy and movement gave Swansea a constant attacking outlet. Deservedly capped his night’s work by punishing Cech’s scuffed clearance – his fifth goal in nine games.

Moment of the match

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Swansea City v Arsenal – Premier League – Liberty Stadium

One to forget for Cech after Shkodran Mustafi had played a dangerous back pass to him. Cech could see Clucas and Ayew in front of him and he panicked to send his kick straight to the latter. Ayew made no mistake to put Swansea 2-1 ahead.

Data Point

Clucas’ only previous Swansea goal came against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in October. Not only did he repeat the feat with a first-half equaliser, the goal was remarkably similar to his effort in north London. Clucas accepted Alfie Mawson’s slide-rule pass in the left-hand channel and fired inside Cech’s near post for the second time this season.

Ratings

Swansea: Lukasz Fabianski: 7 (out of 10), Kyle Naughton 7, Mike van der Hoorn 7, Federico Fernandez 7, Alfie Mawson 8, Martin Olsson 7, Ki Sung-yueng 8, Sam Clucas 8, Leroy Fer 8, Nathan Dyer 8, Jordan Ayew 9, Substitutes: Tom Carroll (for Dyer, 83) 6, Wilfried Bony (for Ayew, 87) 6, Wayne Routledge (for Clucas, 90+1) 6.

Arsenal: Petr Cech 4, Hector Bellerin 5, Shkodran Mustafi 3, Laurent Koscielny 5, Nacho Monreal 5, Granit Xhaka 5, Mohamed Elneny 5, Aaron Ramsey 6, Alex Iwobi 5, Mesut Ozil 6, Alexandre Lacazette 5. Substitutes:  Henrikh Mkhitaryan (for Elneny, 60) 5, Olivier Giroud (for Iwobi 76) 5.

Who’s up next?

Arsenal v Everton (Premier League, February 3)

Leicester v Swansea (Premier League, February 3)

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