Arsenal 0 Swansea 2 (Michu 88, 90)
Man of the Match – Michu (Swansea)
It took me a lot of coaxing my friends, and the scariest of walks in the midst of an abandoned plantation in the middle of the night, to make it in time to watch the second half of Arsenal against Swansea. Having just feasted upon some scrumptuous sea food, and a couple of beers, my friends wanted to take in more of the beach.
But, the Gunner in me wanted to watch some part of the match so badly. In hindsight, I could have well spent more time on the beach, rather than risking all our lives, as we made through treacherous terrain.
Anyways, the match, or whatever I saw of it. The highlights indicated that there was very little that the Gunners offered in terms of going forward in the first half. All over the side looked jaded and less composed on the ball.
Angel Rangel, whom the commentators just couldn’t stop wowing about in the second half, had a shot saved by Szczesny, after being clear. There was an opportunity for Nathan Dyer, but a last ditch Vermaelen tackle prevented him from scoring.
Gervinho was fucking piss poor again. I cannot understand why he gets continually selected over Andriy Arshavin, who still has a bit of spark in him. The Ivorian missed two great chances.
The second half, then. Swansea keeper Gerhard Tremmel, was forced to make a save off a low drive from Cazorla’s left foot. There were a couple of penalty shouts for Arsenal, and then Rangel again forced Szczesny to make a great save.
Arsenal introduced some freshness, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud coming on for Lukas Podolski and Gervinho. Giroud almost won a penalty, when he was bought down by Chico Flores, but the referee, Mark Clattenburg, who recently returned to action, after the Chelsea racism fiasco, got it right, as replays showed, the defender got a very slight touch of the ball.
Arsenal looked more like scoring a goal, as they kept attacking, but Swansea looked comfortable dealing with the pressure. Thomas Vermaelen had his header saved by Tremmel.
Substitute Luke Moore looked dangerous after he came on, and he played a delicious 1-2 with Michu, who created space for himself, and clinically beat Szczesny.
Even though Arsenal threw on Tomas Rosicky in place of Jack Wilshere, minutes earlier, there was little Arsenal could do so late. Carl Jenkinson made a poor mistake with seconds left, as he slipped and gave the ball away to Dyer, who set up Michu.
The Spanish striker had the easy task of putting the ball in the back of the net, with only Szczesny standing in his way. And he did, as Arsenal slipped to 10th place, now below the likes of West Ham, Stoke and Swansea themselves.
There was very little I could dissect, having watched only the second half. But, the clear pointers are fatigue and a lack of ideas and creativity is clearly taking a toll in this team. Our bench looks weak, Gervinho is just poor, Podolski is way too inconsistent, the defense just cannot gel at the moment, Chamberlain has lost all the pace he possessed.
Later that night, I slept as van Cunty helped Manure edge past Reading. How I wish I had gotten some more beers, to ease the pain on a painful defeat, at home. Can it get any worse? Oh wait, we face Swansea away in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
Roll on the drinks!