Date: 31st October 2015 at 7:32pm
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Swansea City manager Garry Monk was disappointed with his side’s defeat to Arsenal but says they were plenty of positives to take after an excellent first half performance.

The Swans more than matched the joint Premier League leaders in the first half and had the big chance to score before the break, but striker Bafetimbi Gomis wasted an excellent one on one opportunity. He delayed, tried to round the goalkeeper which he did, but he gave the Arsenal defence enough time to get back to make a crucial tackle.

Swansea’s other big chance came during the second half after Arsenal’s opener soon after the restart. It was disappointing to see the Swans lose their momentum from the first half, conceding a goal direct from a corner kick, as Giroud headed home Ozil’s out-swinging cross.

2 goals in 5 minutes meant that the game went beyond Swansea’s reach by the 73rd minute, but their second looked like it should have been ruled out for a foul on goalkeeper Fabianski.

Monk told the Official Site that the 3-0 scoreline flattered the Gunners:

“We`re disappointed to lose the game,”

“It`s hard because there were a lot of positives, especially the first half. We were the better team, created chances and played good football.

“The intention was there straight away. We had Arsenal on the back foot for the first half and should have taken our chances.

“I thought the effort and commitment from my players was great, but you need to take those opportunities when you`re on top.

“The first two goals were mistakes from ourselves, and you can`t do that against any team, especially a team like Arsenal.

“They were poor goals from our point of view, and it was an uphill task from there.

“It`s a shame because we played so well. I think three-nil flatters Arsenal.

I feel for the players because that first half was much more like ourselves. We were aggressive and on the front foot.

“We need to take the positives from today into games against teams in and around us.”


A lack of a clinical edge was Swansea’s downfall, and you can’t waste chances against one of the best sides in the League. Gomis probably would have scored the one on one earlier in the season or towards the end of last- when he had confidence, but he’s really struggling. Another 3 offsides today which increases his tally to 26 for the season.

The Swans now have two winnable games coming up, away at Norwich City next Saturday before hosting Bournemouth in a fortnight.

 
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