Arsenal did what they were supposed to do - beat Swansea at the Emirates. Sure, you may not like going down 1-0 or sweating out the last 15 minutes, but the side took care of business.
For a team that has been accused of lacking “cojones” and #grit, Arsenal did well to battle back against an organized, disciplined Swansea side that has not conceded many goals this season.
THE GOOD: Arsenal’s attack. For the second week in a row, the attacking three of Mesut Özil, Alexis Sánchez, and Alexandre Lacazette looked dangerous. From the start, Alexis was moving well, linking up on combinations, and generally getting involved in the play, which is a great sign for Arsenal. Even though he is likely on his way out, Arsenal need him to be at his best for whatever time he has left with the club.
Kudos as well to Arsene Wenger/the side for increasing their pace of play in the second half after a poor performance post-Swansea scoring. The Gunners moved the ball with one- and two-touch passes, which unlocked the Swansea defense for both of the goals.
THE FRUSTRATING: Granit Xhaka. Xhaka continued his maddening run of inconsistent play. In a three minute stretch of the second half, he hit a 35 yard, inch-perfect switch, misplaced two easy passes, then hit another switch in the buildup to the second goal. He’s one of the best long passers in the league, but he has to cut down on the mistakes, especially on simple plays.
THE BAD: Sead Kolašinac limping off. The Bosnian Hulk was the Man of the Match for Arsenal. His finish on the first goal was excellent - getting that kind of power and placement on a laterally moving ball on the dead run is NOT easy folks. His movement and cross on the second goal was flawless. Let’s hope whatever forced him off is not serious - the Gunners need him for their upcoming matches with City and Spurs.
THE UGLY: The Swansea goal. Where to start with this one. Laurent Koscielny was easily dispossessed by Tammy Abraham. Héctor Bellerín completely lost Sam Clucas as he ran in behind. Petr Čech was slow coming off his line, came out at a questionable angle, and left a hole between his legs that you could’ve driven an 18-wheel truck through. Mistakes all around.
BONUS, THE BIG SEXY: Olivier Giroud came on in the 81st minute for Lacazette. He had a couple chances but wasn’t able to steer them on frame. Really just wanted to mention him because he’s gorgeous. Just not sure about that goatee.