Date: 31st October 2015 at 8:05pm
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger felt that Swansea City played with less confidence today than they did when they beat the Gunners last season at the Liberty Stadium.

The Swans suffered a harsh 3-0 defeat today, and failed to make the most of the few chances (4) they created as Gomis missed the best one in the first half. They didn’t waste chances in last year’s 2-1 win though, as Gomis headed home Montero’s cross after Sigurdsson’s stunning free-kick to equalise.

But also unlike that win, Montero was ineffective. He was up against the far more capable Bellerin and was later substituted in favour of Modou Barrow.

Swansea City started the first half brilliantly, and such was their momentum in the game that I still thought we were capable of getting at least a draw when Giroud headed home Ozil’s cross early in the second half.

But as the hosts committed men forward, they were vulnerable on the counter attack on quite a few occasions. Like they did at Watford a few weeks ago, Arsenal netted twice in a short space of time to end any hopes of Swansea getting a point or three.

But while 3-0 sounds like a heavy defeat, there wasn’t a great deal between the two sides. Call me biased, but the Swans were mostly in control in the first 45 minutes, didn’t take their big chance and were made to pay in the second, conceding a soft goal directly from a corner.

Their goal forced Swansea to push forward, and you’re always going to be open for the counter attack against such a talented side.

Wenger told the press after the game:

“It`s always a difficult game, We came here a bit edgy. They showed quality again today and are a good side.

“We had a difficult first half; it took us a while to get into the tempo of the game.

“Once we scored the first goal, we were the dominant team and were able to win the game normally.”

“It is always a difficult game here. Last season they took six points off us so we came here a bit edgier. Swansea have have shown quality again today but maybe they are less confident a bit.


Wenger is right with that last comment. Monk’s side are lacking confidence. Gomis is definitely a player that needs to be scoring regularly to perform well, while Montero had an indifferent game up against Bellerin.

Barrow added some pace down the right, Sigurdsson was more involved again but the team were often guilty of trying too many passes in the final third whilst refusing to go for a shot.

 
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